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More than 50 local, national and global organizations are officially supporting this year’s San Diego LGBT Pride celebration, July 15-17. The list represents the highest number of sponsors San Diego Pride has ever received and has more than doubled compared to last year.
Eight companies have come in at the “platinum” level, which starts at the $25,000 mark in providing cash, goods and services or both. They are AT&T, Bud Lite, Cox Communications, Hale Media, LGBT Weekly, BottomLine, Vons, Sony and Xtreme Ambulance.
At the “rainbow” level ($15,000), support is being given by Yelp, Manchester Hyatt, the Vianova Group LLC, City Beat, Grindr, Instinct Magazine and JRE Media, which publishes Blade California and Do It In San Diego.
In four other categories that follow, the sponsorships extend to Hewlett-Packard, Wells Fargo, Viejas Entertainment and Productions, UCSD Medical Center, Svedka Vodka, BMW of San Diego, Orbitz, Papa John’s Pizza, the American Red Cross, Valley View Casino and Hotel, SDG&E and other esteemed local media such as Gay San Diego/Uptown News, Pacific Magazine, Rage Monthly and Lavender Lens.
“This year’s sponsorships include many newcomers to Pride as well as those organizations that have consistently supported the annual celebration over many years,” says Dwayne Crenshaw, executive director for San Diego LGBT Pride.
“Every sponsor’s contribution directly enhances the quality of our rally, parade and festival. And as we are seeing, numerous mainstream businesses are taking frontline roles in their advocacy for LGBT equal rights, through both their participation in Pride and the same-sex benefits they provide in the workplace.”
A complete list of 2011 sponsors can be found on the Pride web site along the left margin of the homepage: www.SanDiegoPride.org.
This year’s San Diego Pride weekend will feature a political rally at 6:30 p.m., July 15, in Balboa Park; a mile-long parade down University Avenue on July 16; and a two-day festival packed with live entertainment, July 16 and 17, in the park. Festival headliners include comedians Margaret Cho and Ross Mathews and female rap artists Salt-N-Pepa.
For more information or to sign up for volunteer positions, call 619-297-7683 or visit the web site: www.SanDiegoPride.org.