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San Diego Pride gives $40,000 to The Center in honor of its 40th birthday

SAN DIEGO -- After a successful 2013 season, San Diego Pride has announced that it will donate $40,000 to The San Diego LGBT Community Center, in honor of the organization’s 40th anniversary.

The “birthday gift” is part of San Diego Pride’s annual community giving program.

San Diego Pride annually raises money through ticket and beverage sales during Pride weekend and then distributes financial support to LGBT-serving organizations. In accordance with its mission, San Diego Pride has designated this gift to The Center to foster pride in, and respect for, our HIV positive, transgender, and sober communities, as well as our LGBT families.

“We are pleased to contribute funding to The Center each year to support the many vital services they provide to the community every day, year-round,” said Stephen Whitburn, San Diego Pride’s general manager. “These funds are made possible by the hundreds of thousands of Pride participants each year, and we are grateful to them for helping us support our community for 40 years.”

The $40,000 grant will be split up among four of The Center’s programs and the general fund, including $10,000 to Transgender Services, $10,000 to Family Matters, $10,000 to HIV Services, and $5,000 to sobriety programs. The remaining $5,000 will be placed in The Center’s general fund.

“We’re so pleased to receive this very generous gift from Pride,” said Dr. Delores Jacobs, CEO of The Center. “We’re grateful for their continued partnership in so much of what we do, as well as their ongoing work in the San Diego LGBT community. The Center has been fortunate enough to work with Pride for years and this grant is an affirmation of all we’ve accomplished together. It’s always a particular compliment when a strong community partner also supports The Center’s programs financially and we couldn’t be more grateful.”