Announces Major Changes for 2015
Heeding the advice of a host of community non-profit organizations, Pride South Florida announced today that it will be hosting only one singular pride weekend this year, in mid-June.Entitled ‘Free Pride 2015,’ the group will be holding an open-air, one day outdoor festival in Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, June 13, to be followed by the Stonewall Parade down Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors on the afternoon of Sunday, June 14. Both events will be FREE and open to the public. The weekend may even be bolstered with a community concert on Friday nite, June 12. The program for the events is being published and released to community organizations later this week. Online registration for sponsors and vendors at Online Registration Website should commence Thursday, January 22, 2015.
Amongst the prominent changes to be announced will be that the costs for non profit 501 (c) (3) organizations will be ‘significantly reduced,’ according to this year’s treasurer, and last year’s chair, Rocky Bowell.
In addition, when registration begins next week, Entertainment Committee chair Shawn Manning will be soliciting a host of local street performers to appear in both locations. “We want to keep with the theme of the weekend,” he said, “Local and Free; Festive and Fun.”
Manning stated that the group is in negotiations to possibly host a Friday night concert on the Fort Lauderdale beach or in Holiday Park, depending on the logistics. “If we do, that will be the only charge to the public. It is a work in progress and we will have an announcement shortly down the road ” he said.
After a contested appeal to the IRS, Pride South Florida has itself won back its status as a 501(c) (3) organization, and all donations to it are tax deductible. The law offices of Norm Kent and Russell Cormican handled the appeal on a pro bono basis, after Kent was elected co-chair of PSF last Fall.”Because of financial and administrative setbacks from last June’s Stonewall event, the group had to reorganize and reinvent itself,” Kent stated. “We are currently soliciting new board members and volunteers. Spots are open and available for conscientious and caring people. It’s a new day, and there is an open door policy. No more secrecy and lots more cheaper events free to the public.”
Meetings are held Monday evenings at their offices on 690 Northeast 13th Street, at 7:00 p.m., and are open to the public. The group is now seeking a part time office manager, and Kent is conducting interviews for a “paid position.” Candidates should send resumes to email@example.com.
The AIDS Health Care Foundation and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Visitors Bureau have committed to being sponsors this year, along with a host of returning groups. But Kent stated he is looking for private vendors and entrepreneurs “to step up to the plate and underwrite the festival and parade.” Community sponsorships and packages will be promoted from January through April in local weekly events.
“We want the theme to be soft and simple promoting caring and equality for all,” Manning said, ”Be free, be safe, be aware.”
Pride Fort Lauderdale & Stonewall Parade Wilton Manors is an annual event organized by Pride South Florida.
Pride South Florida is a non-profit organization that provides the community with various functions throughout the year integrating celebrations for LGBT Equal Rights for All and to promote and engage in educational, civic and cultural activities to enrich the lives of gay, lesbian, transgender, bi-sexual persons and the community as a whole and to work together to achieve common goals.
What does PSF do with your donations?
Pride South Florida is an all volunteer organization, 100% of the profits of the proceeds raised go back into the community. The money generated from Pride Fort Lauderdale serves as the primary income producer for various grant programs and public benefit opportunities throughout the year.
How do we donate to the community?
Through a Grant Program each spring directed to Broward County organizations, Pride South Florida selects several 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.
Pride Fort Lauderdale is a celebration and tribute to the LGBT community and its unique culture. Taking place at the very popular War Memorial Auditorium and Holiday Park, Fort Lauderdale Pride is a weekend long event which includes non-stop local, regional and national entertainment, an outdoor presenters area featuring over 150 vendors, food areas ( now with Healthier options available ), frozen cocktails, beer and cocktails, a dance tent and many more fun and exciting surprises
2015 will mark our 38th Annual Event and will be at War Memorial Auditorium in Holiday Park. This means we have a great indoor space for vendors in the air-conditioned War Memorial Auditorium. This space will also include the much respected and loved Aids Memorial Quilt on display for everyone to see and remember those who came before. And returning to the inside stage will be the Miss Pride South Florida – Plus Contest.
Come join the fun and show your PRIDE!
Saturday, June 13, 2015 and Sunday June 14, 2015
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