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
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.
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