From: San Jose Pride President <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: December 11, 2012, 5:53:12 AM PST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
San Jose PRIDE Invites All of Whomanity! to a Who-riffic Holiday Extrvaganza
Come Chanuukkah. Come Kwanza. Come all … to join the Who-riffic Holiday Extravaganza on 12.12.12 from 6 to 10 PM at Cabrito’s Mexican Bistro in Downtown San Jose.
Bring your Who! Bring your Grinch! Bring your WTF Holiday Sweater!
At the door, donate gifts for youth and/or non-perishable food or $5. FOOD & GIFTS BENEFIT the Health Trust Holiday Food Basket and YOUTH 12-16 (Suggestions: gift cards, clothes, music, movies, games, holiday food items, baking supplies, etc.).
click Whovilation Gift Shop Booth Application for vendor information.
In spirit of the Grinch, “It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bag.” Maybe the holiday season, “… means a little bit more.”
“Welcome, all Whos…Far….And…Near.”
There is dancing, photos with the Grinch, a fancy and a WTF holiday sweater contest, and drink specials, so wear a fabulous outfit or your ugliest holiday sweater while sipping a Grinch cocktail or Cindy Lou Who-tini. Feast on $2 Who-tacos and bring along the little Whogirls and little Whofellas, this event if for entire family.
Visit our Facebook for updates.
For Whos not able to attend and wish to make donations for Youth can be dropped off at the Billy De Frank LGBTQQ Community Center now through Dec. 21 phone (408) 293-3040. Also FOOD and gifts for YOUTH can be delivered to The Health Trust of Silicon Valley Food Basket Program phone (408) 297-1294.
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The Celebration is set to kick off on Saturday, August 18 at 12:00 PM at Discovery Meadow, located at West San Carlos St. and Woz Way in the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens in San Jose, Calif. 95110. Saturday is a “Community Day” highlighting local talent, vendors, food, and fun. This day opens with a Traditional Aztec ceremony and Danza performance by Tlaloc-Chalchihuitlicue of San Jose and encounter PRIDE’s 1st Community local artist sidewalk chalk event called Avenue of Art. Individual artists and groups interested in participating visit our chalk art site for details, as space is limited.
SATURDAY ENTERTAINMENT Headliner is singer, actor, dancer and philanthropist, Derek Jameson who recently released his debut album The Invention of Love and his upcoming horror film is Bloody Mary 3D. Saturday is hosted by Master of Ceremony Diamond John and Ms. Jeanne, San Francisco Comedian Carrie Avritt, and CHEER San Francisco.
SUNDAY ENTERTAINMENT Headliners feature Grammy Award Winning Singer and Tony Award Winning Actress Jennifer Holiday, the Dominican singing sensation Kat Deluna, and from the hit television show The Vampire Diaries Kat Graham sings her new single “Put Some Graffiti on Me,” and also performing are Circuit music sensations, DJ Tony Moran and performer Flava. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate the day of the Celebration.
New this year, along with various food, retail, art, crafts and informational booths, PRIDE presents a Health & Wellness Pavilion sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and the Health Trust. The pavilion includes community organizations offering information on nutrition, smoking, addiction and HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and testing. Also PRIDES’s partnership with Breathe California created a $5000 grant to support the Smoking Cessation Ash Kicker courses in the spring, and the marketing of this year’s smoke free family friendly festival. There is a Fun Zone area with games and activities. Also, San Jose PRIDE and local leather organizations and specialists have collaborated on the return of Leather Land (a leather area) to the festival this year. Businesses, organizations, and artisans interested in participating are encouraged to apply today.
Friends of Pride donors are community members who donate at least $100 will receive a VIP PRIDE experience. Presenting Sponsor for $15,000, Platinum Sponsor for $10,000, Gold Sponsor for $5,000, Silver Sponsor for $2,500 and Bronze Sponsor for $1,000 are financial levels of sponsorship for the PRIDE Celebration. Also available are designated sponsorships for naming rights to the entrances, Leather Land, volunteer t-shirts and the Fun Zone.
Vendors, Sponsors, Volunteers and Fans please visit sanjosepride.com or call 408-475-5428 for forms, information, and participation. GPCCSJ, Inc. strives to represent the community to provide inspiration, resources and hope to a diverse and multi-generational LGBT & allied community, so all are invited to celebrate “Equality for Everyone” with PRIDE.
For Immediate Release
June 4, 2012
State of Pride
Issue: Gay PRIDE Celebration Committee of San Jose, Inc. (GPCCSJ, Inc.) also known as San Jose PRIDE will hold a two day PRIDE celebration the third weekend in August, on Saturday the 18th and Sunday the19th. Due to the high cost in the production, San Jose PRIDE is unable to bring back the parade this year. The passionate PRIDE Board is proud to report, however that in collaboration with supporters and sponsors, the 2012 Gay PRIDE Celebration will be an interactive experience for all. The theme is “Equality of Everyone” inspired by the momentum of LGBT equality efforts and recent legislations like Don’t ask Don’t Tell, Prop8 progress, anti-Bullying, and recognition of health care needs for same sex partners.
With the strong support of Club Papi Productions, Eden Pride Events, HP, and Symantec among others, the Board is close to meeting its goal to raise $40,000 before August. San Jose PRIDE President Nathan Svoboda shares, “The fundraising/sponsorship goal was $66,300 and we currently have $28,400. We need is $38,900.”
Since the first PRIDE Rally in 1971 and Festival in 1976, each Board and Festival has empowered the LGBT community with appropriate actions against challenges indicative of each decade, which represent the stones in the path PRIDE travels today. The 2011 Board’s successful incorporation of the theme Moving Forward Together, encompassed their passion and efforts, laid out a smooth transition for 2012.
This year PRIDE strides on that path motivated by the concept of “reinvention.” It does not mean reinventing the wheel but rather to build upon an already strong foundation by carrying on the legacy of former Boards, by embracing current and creating new relationships with local and neighboring businesses and organizations, by incorporating Silicon Valley technology, by collaborating with the growing amount of LGBT groups in the valley, and by partnering up with Consolidated Association of Pride, Inc./CAPI, a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation made up of LGBT Pride coordinators in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Texas, Utah and the country of Mexico. In embracing reinvention the Team offers a diverse fundraising lineup in support of the 2012 Festival by working with additional organizations, and venues in San Jose and neighboring cities.
San Jose PRIDE too, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Board of Directors is seated by President Nathan Svoboda, Vice President Roman Fernando, Administrator Jess Hutchins, Controller Eydie Mendoza, and Board Members: Jen Bueller, Jesse Lacuesta, John Miranda, Robert Parra, AJ Solis, and Greg Williams, who make up a talented and skilled team that possesses the drive to create a fantastic experience and with the communities best interest at heart.
There has not been a parade in over two years because PRIDE and funders have experienced a deficit.
Although the Board made it a goal to bring back the parade this year, there aren’t enough funds raised at this time to strategically carry out a successful parade. Svoboda says, “The estimated parade costs are over $15,000. We qualify for a $7,550 grant from the city that cannot be approved until the 2013 budget after July.” A two day celebration benefits PRIDE vendors, local downtown businesses and adds to the City of San Jose tourism.
San Jose PRIDE continues to raise funds in collaboration and with the support of its sponsors, local businesses, friends and community members. Local nightclubs like Splash, Brix, and Tinker’s Damn (TD’s) are assisting the Board with fundraising efforts to help reach its needs.
The San Jose PRIDE Board is executing a fundraising plan while marketing the Festival, recruiting volunteers and reaching out to “Friends of Pride.” Community members who donate at least $100 will receive a VIP PRIDE experience and are the “Friends of Pride” donors.
Presenting Sponsor for $15,000, Platinum Sponsor for $10,000, Gold Sponsor for $5,000, Silver Sponsor for $2,500 and Bronze Sponsor for $1,000 are financial levels of sponsorship for the PRIDE Celebration. Also available are designated sponsorships for naming rights to the Main Stage or Community Stage, Gate and Entrances, Volunteer T-shirt and Check-in Area, Media Lounge, and the Family Fun Area.
The Board is looking for skilled volunteers to aid in the execution of the Festival and their fundraising efforts.
“PRIDE represents the community. It provides inspiration, resources and hope to a diverse and multi-generational community. As long as the need exists, PRIDE will always be around,” adds Svoboda.
Pride continues to strengthen its relationship with Billy DeFrank Center to support the needs of the Silicon Valley LGBT community.
PRIDES’s partnership with Breathe California helped the Board host the first of two free Smoking Cessation Ash Kicker courses benefiting the LGBT community. Twelve participants successfully graduated in May and the second course will begin in late fall. This partnership also created a $5000 grant to support the courses, and the marketing of this year’s smoke free family friendly festival.
The Board looks forward to the festival, and values our 2012 partners who encourage members of San Jose Pride to strive for more. Saturday will be a “Community Day” highlighting community talent, vendors, food, and fun. Sunday will be a more traditional celebration, offering a variety of quality entertainment, dancing and vendors. This year, the entertainment for the main stage is presented by Club Papi Productions, Splash, and The Water Garden.
Svoboda emphasizes, “Pride strives to deliver a community inspired Festival for the Silicon Valley LGBT society, but the financial and volunteer support of the community is an intricate ingredient in the recipe for success. It’s the PRIDE of the community that keeps the thrive alive.”
Public Affairs Committee
President – Gay Pride Celebration Committee San Jose, Inc.
San Jose PRIDE – www.sanjosepride.com
For Immediate Release
May 10, 2012
Pride’s Gone Wild Since San Jose Just Wanna Have Fun
By Eydie Mendoza
San Jose Gay PRIDE Celebration Committee of San Jose, Inc. (GPCCSJ Inc.), also known as San Jose PRIDE and EDEN/EDEN Pride Events are proud to announce a productive collaboration for 2012 in bringing them back to the South Bay.
San Jose PRIDE is ecstatic about partnering with EDEN Pride Events, in order to bring the community more festive options, especially for the women who want to do just that, have some fun.
Christine De La Rosa aka Miz Chris, Founder of EDEN/EDEN Pride Events is known for putting on quality LGBTQIAA productions throughout the United States, locally, regionally and nationally. EDEN Pride Events is entering its fourth year and she has more to boast about, she is also owner of the oldest genderqueer site Butch-Femme.com.
Miz Chris says, “Eden is very excited to be joining San Jose Pride this year and looks forward to a long, engaging and successful partnership.”
“Since I have lived in San Jose for many years,” Shanta Franco-Clausen of EDEN aka Shay adds, “I am excited about the events we can create and give our patrons of San Jose a taste of EDEN will be a great experience.”
San Jose PRIDE and EDEN will produce two pre-PRIDE benefit parties downtown, and is also offering two woman’s events on Friday and Saturday of PRIDE weekend, just the way EDEN does it with great music, your favorite dancers, and local bartenders.
Miz Chris expresses, “The EDEN Team is a collection of women from different ethnicities, ages, sizes, socio-economic backgrounds and gender identities who believe in building creative spaces and events for the people we serve … all with a commitment to providing the best experiences for our clientele.”
Shay, also explains, how much the EDEN Team takes pride in producing events for all women, with various music genres, “But more so, an environment that welcomes all Lesbians. We work extremely hard to make the events comfortable place for women to feel at home.”
Join San Jose PRIDE in welcoming them back with open arms!
“In 2010 EDEN produced Fire & Ice, a very successful after party for San Jose Pride,” states Miz Chris. “We love the South Bay, so we are ecstatic to be returning this year to bring amazing events to the women of the South Bay and our friends and allies during San Jose Pride 2012.”
Shay shares, “Working together to create a great environment for the women of my community… means so much.” She returned (back home) to the Bay Area in 2011 and is especially looking forward to making the EDEN and San Jose Pride events fantastic.
San Jose PRIDE looks forward to seeing everyone in the community celebrate this year because we truly believe in Equality for All!
For more information on these and future events, visit our web site www.sanjosepride.com, our blog, follow us on Twitter, and “Like us” on Facebook. If you are not familiar with EDEN, yet, visit their web site www.edeninthebay.com to find out about their festivities, and experience the 2012 San Francisco EDEN Pride Events June 21 – 24.
For Immediate Release
May 7, 2012
From Prom to Roller Skating:
San Jose PRIDE Gay in May Events
By Eydie Mendoza
Gay PRIDE Celebration Committee of San Jose, Inc. (GPCCSJ. Inc.), also known as San Jose PRIDE in collaboration with various venues in the area is offering many events for the community to choose from this May.
Don’t miss the Big Gay Prom on Saturday, May 19 at 10 p.m. until closing at Splash Video Dance Bar. “If you missed yours come to ours,” PRIDE Vice President Roman Fernando invites the LGBT community to experience prom of your dreams. Wear a dress and heels or your converse, the tuxedo with the boutonnière, corsage … just mix it up and make it your special night (This event is 21 and over). There are prizes for the Prettiest Prom Dress and the Tackiest Tux Contests, $10 cover or two-for-one cover with your prom date, enjoy the Spiked Prom Punch drink special, and dance to DJ “Sweetheart” Sue while making this the most memorable night of your life.
“! Ay papi que caliente!” That’s right; get your night shades ready for Memorial Day Weekend, because we have another hot San Jose PRIDE Benefit Party on Sunday, May 27 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., in collaboration with Club Papi Productions at Splash Video Dance Bar. It is always a fiesta with Latin dance music and Go-go boys, not to be forgotten at a Papi Fundraiser. Cover is $7 before 10:30 p.m. and $10 after. DJs IVAN (LA) Elliot Live (SF), with a chance to win LMFAO concert tickets and VIP Meet & Greet with Lucia Mendez at San Francisco Pride.
Dust of your roller skates and get ready to rock, roll, and rex on Rainbow Skate Night at Redwood Roller Rink; located at 1303 Main Street, Redwood City 94063 on Wednesday, May 30 at 8 p.m. with only a $9 cover.
The proceeds for these events benefit San Jose PRIDE Celebration taking place the third weekend in August. For more information on these and future events, visit our web site http://www.sanjosepride.com/index.html, our blog, follow us on Twitter and “Like us” on Facebook.
May 1, 2012
San Jose PRIDE: Hush Lesbian Cinco De Mayo Fiesta at Splash
By Eydie Mendoza
San Jose Pride in partnership with Splash Video Dance Bar is proud to host a Hush Cinco de Mayo themed LADIEIS NIGHT fundraiser on Thursday, May 3rd from 10 p.m. until closing. Proceeds from a $5 cover will benefit the 2012 goal to bring backthe PARADE!. The San Jose Pride events team is EXCITED to offer the FIRST Ladies outreach and fundraising party this year. La cosa va estar muy claiente! Yes, ladies its’ going to be hot, blazing HOT!
Be sure to join us for one of NorCal’s hottest Lesbian parties of the month!
There will be Contests & Prizes, Make-a-Date, and of course , staffed with beautiful and sexy all-girl dancers and bartenders ready to serve you and keep your glasses full of lesbian fun!
Hot music mixes featured by DJ Val-G from San Francisco’s 4Bidden and Delicious will keep everyone dancing.
Don’t miss this May, 3rd edition of Hush Ladies Night at Splash UPSTAIRS with PRIDE!
Visit our web site for upcoming events and information www.sanjosepride.com
For Immediate Release
March 30, 2012
Nathan Svoboda, email@example.com
San Jose PRIDE and BREATHE Present Ash Kickers
By Eydie Mendoza
Gay PRIDE Celebration Committee of San Jose, Inc. (GPCCSJ. Inc.) and BREATHE California of the Bay Area present Ash Kickers, a six week smoking cessation program. Made possible with funding from Breathe California BREATHE California and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
San Jose PRIDE and BREATHE partnered to offer people of the LGBTQ community who want to quit smoking the opportunity to learn best practices and self-help tools. Classes are catered to the LGBT community, although all are welcome, and begin April 18 and end May 23, Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center.
“This is a tangible life changing opportunity for individuals in our community who want to quit smoking. We are providing a safe environment full of community support; informative curriculums over six classes and free nicotine replacement therapy to assist with individual cessation. I am thrilled to be a part of this community offer,” says Roman Fernando, San Jose PRIDE’s Vice-President and Community Outreach Chair, who is committed to LGBT community programming that is relevant, self-improving, and accessible to all.
Program participants will also get support and camaraderie among classmates who also choose to lead healthy smoke-free lives.
The class is led by trained facilitators who conduct the program and are available for support at anytime. Facilitators cover topics such as dealing with stress, what to do in tempting situations and nutritional education. They work to help each person achieve the ultimate goal of quitting and staying quit.
President and CEO of Breathe California Margo Sidener states “We are excited to work with PRIDE as they serve a population that is targeted by the tobacco industry and has one of our highest rates of smoking. Together, I believe that we can make a real difference!”
“I feel the best way to build community is through collaborative partnerships with friends and allies,” adds Program Assistant at Breathe California Jo-Lynn Otto, who is the class facilitator.
Sign-up via email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat (space is limited).
The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center is located at 938 The Alameda in San Jose, Calif. Classes will be held in Room C.
To learn more about San Jose PRIDE, Like us on Facebook, or visit our web sitewww.sanjosepride.com.
For Immediate Release
March 15, 2012
2 nd Annual LGBT NIGHT WITH THE SHARKS: Sharing of NHL Celebrations
By Eydie Mendoza
San Jose PRIDE, in collaboration with the San Jose Sharks NHL professional hockey team, will hold the Second Annual LGBT Night at the Shark Tank on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 7 PM for an exciting evening against the Anaheim Ducks.
The Sharks are currently tied for 9th, just two points out of the playoff picture. The Anaheim team hasn’t played well of late, and neither have the Sharks but they are overdue for a winning streak. Fans hope they can start that streak and keep it going for Monday’s game against the Ducks.
This year PRIDE Board Member Robert Parra coordinated the LGBT PRIDE event and states, “As a community leader, it is very important to have this event, because it supports and shows both, the LGBT and non-LGBT sports community that we all enjoy watching sports, as well as, building a community partnership with the Sharks.”
Parra adds that it is an opportunity to plant a seed within the San Jose community. There is no doubt that proud Sharks and Ducks fans alike will be psyched for the game.
Fans never forget their first hockey game, and no one can dispute the PRIDE shared by local youths of San Jose’s Caroline Davis Intermediate School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) who will attend their first NHL Sharks game and PRIDE fundraising event, with special thanks to members of the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley for donating over $200.
GSA advisor Mary Melnick says, “What a great opportunity for my GSAers to attend a community event surrounded by like-minded folk who support and celebrate diversity as much as we do. We can proudly join the greater San Jose LGBTQQ community by not only showing our support but also enjoying each other’s company and cheering on our Sharks! And how lucky we are to have San Jose PRIDE be our “angel”–this experience would not be fiscally possible for my students without their help. A thousand thank-yous!”
The LGBT community came together to give these young fans their first game.
“The Rainbow Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley is pleased to help LGBT GSA club attend the upcoming Sharks Game on Monday, March 19. Part of our mission at the chamber is community involvement and education of not only the LGBT community, but the greater community at large. By participating with San Jose PRIDE on this important endeavor, we are educating our youth that one day they may be business owners/supports and that the Chamber is around as a resource for their personal and professional growth,” shares RCCSV President Robert O. Robledo.
San Jose PRIDE reminds the LGBT community there are a few fundraising tickets left, “Get your ticket’s for the game now through our web site sanjosePRIDE.com.”
So while PRIDE celebrates its 2nd Annual LGBT Night with the Sharks, Caroline Davis Intermediate School GSA students attend their first Sharks game, and together want to thank Sharks rookie Tommy Wingels, 2011 MVP Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and other NHL players for participating and for their support of the You Can Play Project that promotes respect for all athletes; to learn more visit youcanplayproject.org.
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For Immediate Release
February 17, 2012
PRIDE TOASTS TO 2012
By Eydie Mendoza
San Jose Pride partnered with Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge of San Jose to host “Toast & Mingle with PRIDE”, which was an intimate meet and greet mixer on February 7, 2012 where 60 LGBT and Allied supporters came together.
The warm ambiance of the Lounge is a perfect setting for the community to meet and express ideas with New Festival Director Dane M. Duggan and the San Jose Pride 2012 Board Members: President Nathan Svoboda, Vice President Roman Fernando, Administrator André Mathurin, Jess Hutchens, Eydie Mendoza, Robert Parra, and Natalie Romano.
“I thought it was fabulous! It was great to hear from the members of the community. There was a lot of representation, including political figures, business owners and volunteers. I want to do more mixers throughout the year,” expresses Pride President Svoboda.
Vice President Fernando adds, “It was another successful community event. It was nice to mingle and meet many new faces, brainstorm on events with our community partners, and a pleasure having San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kalra attend our event offering his support.”
Along with the presence and support of the City Councilmember and City employees, community members and local business representatives, both Splash Video Dance Bar and Brix Nightclub owners also joined the team in a Toast, as both are hosting an array of events and fundraisers throughout the year to benefit San Jose Gay Pride.
Pride ensures to offer a diverse lineup of events in support of the 2012 Festival by working with additional organizations and venues in San Jose and neighboring cities.
San Jose Pride 2012 Festival Director Dugan says, “This year’s Pride festival will truly be a reinvention. We have a great plan in place to expand the event in attendance, relevance to our community, onsite offerings and patron value. I’m confident that Pride, united with the support of our sponsors and friends in Silicon Valley, will be an unsurpassed success.”
All of Tuesday’s minglers who completed a Fan Form were placed in a drawing for two Totem tickets. Congratulations to San Jose Pride Fan, Adrian Rios, who won the drawing.
Pride Mardi Gras Celebration at SPLASH
By Eydie Mendoza
San Jose Pride, in collaboration with Splash Video Dance Bar, is holding a Mardi Gras fundraiser event on, you guessed it, this Fat Tuesday, February 21. The Pride Team invites everyone for an upstairs celebration from 9PM until closing with only a $5 cover benefitting San Jose Gay Pride 2012, and to bring back the PARADE!
The festivities include a night of Beads, Boys, Babes and Beverages. Join Gillette as she hosts the “Fat Tuesday” Downtown Diva Drag Show, complete with Bead Contests and opportunities to win VIP Passes for Splash and this Year’s Pride event. This Special Event will also include a Tribute to the late Whitney Houston; songs, videos and live performances!
Drink specials will include the SoCal Hurricane (Keep the glass), Go-go boys and girls, and dance to the sounds of DJ John Miranda.
San Jose Pride looks forward to seeing you all there!
More to Come!
Pride thanks all who support out community and looks forward to seeing family, fans and friends at these upcoming events and more:
Sharks LGBT Night @ 7PM on Monday, March 19th at HP Pavilion
Buy your fundraising ticket online: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/group_corp_start.htmI?l=EN&team=sharks&owner=113&group=195&err=&event=&customerID=
Spring Fling @ BRIX Nightclub on Thursday, April 19th at 9PM
LGBT Prom @ Splash Video Dance Bar on Saturday, May 19th at 9PM
San Jose Pride Celebration, 3rd Weekend in August!
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