Eat at Raising Cane’s on Monday, March 16, to raise money for Pride

raising canes 3-16-15Help us raise money for pride by eating dinner at Raising Canes on UK’s campus (544 S. Upper St) on Monday, March 16 from 5 PM until 10 PM. Print out the flyer above, or mention that you’re with the Lexington Pride Festival, and a percentage of what you spend will be donated to Pride!

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PRIDE Updates

By Chad Hundley, Festival Chair

Well March is here, which means the 2015 Lexington Pride Festival is only 3 months away! How is that possible? It seems like only a couple months ago that we were dancing in the streets of downtown Lexington in the rain and heat. But with the winter storm that recently passed, it almost seems unimaginable that plans for the summer festival might be right on track! In fact, this year’s committee continues to astound me with their progress.

The sponsorships and vendors continue rolling in and I honestly believe that we are going to sell out in record time for this year’s festival. I encourage everyone to tell their favorite restaurants, retail stores, corporate executive friends, independent contractors and everyone else you see daily to come be a part of this festival and to contact us today before spaces sell out.

We have amazing sponsorship packages available that Kat Wilkie and her committee have been spearheading. West Sixth Brewery will continue to support our community and festival at the Rainbow Level. We are also pleased to welcome aboard Raising Cane’s as a new sponsor this year, and they are coming in at the Green Level. Raising Cane’s has also already held a fundraiser for Pride and has three more scheduled before the Pride Festival in June!

Third Street Stuff will be sponsoring at the Yellow Level, and has also teamed up with our merchandising committee to create and sell some amazing Pride themed coffee mugs, which will be available soon. There is a limited quantity of these mugs, so when you see them go on sale, grab one or two while you can! Two of our long time sponsors, Lexington Real Estate Company and Tate Hill Jacobs Architects, are returning as Orange Level sponsors. And rounding out the sponsors at time of publication is The Change Project, coming in as a Red Level sponsor. Many more local and corporate sponsors are finalizing their paperwork and will be announced as they come in.

Kira Goldade and the Logistics committee have been getting a great response for vendors and we are receiving a wide variety of vendors. Kira and the rest of her sub-committee have some great interactive things planned with our vendors for the day of the festival and working on getting some great prizes to give away at the festival as well! Sarah Brown and the Marketing committee have plans to make our Pride Guide more interactive as well. Games and special interest pieces are being planned for the Festival guide!

Jess Garner and her Merchandising committee have everything lined up to pre-sale Pride packs starting April 2 online. The Pride packs will include items such as: Pride T-shirt, wristband, buttons, and a Pride koozie, all packaged in an Official Pride draw-string backpack. A Trucker flat bill cap is also amongst the Pride merchandise this year, along with Official 2015 Pride Posters for entertainer’s autographs.

Speaking of Entertainment, I am pleased to announce and welcome aboard Mark Johnson as this year’s Entertainment Chair. Mark has an impressive list of community involvements. He is a former GLSO, AVOL & Fairness Board member, founding member and officer of the Bluegrass Black Pride, HIV/Aids educator for more than 25 years, Cultural Sensitivity/Diversity Facilitator for over 20 years and many other titles and recognitions to list here. Final contracts are being negotiated, and by the time you are reading this most contracts should be signed with the entertainers. So be on the look on our website at www.lexpridefest.org and our Facebook page to get all the latest info and news! We are proud of how diverse our community is and we are excited to showcase that diversity in this year’s entertainment at Pride!

We have recently had an outstanding fundraiser at Crossings titled “Lots of Hearts and Body Parts” on Valentine’s Eve and it wouldn’t have been possible without a few very crucial individuals who made it happen and very successful! Special thanks to DJ Brady, Big D, Todd, Haley & Dwight. A very special thank you goes out to Crossings Lexington for always willing to host our events and their amazing support throughout the years! We also are planning an April Fool’s event with the Imperial Court of Kentucky, so be sure to come down to Crossings for that as well! The Mr. and Miss Lexington Pride Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, April 26 at the Bogart’s Lounge in The Campbell House on South Broadway. Registration packets are now available for this online and by emailing pridepageant@lexpridefest.org. More information and details will come in next month’s article about this event along with the upcoming Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction in May.

As always I encourage you to sign up to volunteer for the committee and festival. Our meetings are the fourth Thursday evening of every month at the GLSO Pride Center at 6:30 pm. We will let you be involved as much as you want to be! Until next month, take care of yourself and the ones you love!