Donna Pandori

PRIDE in the PARK 2009

Filed By Donna Pandori | September 18, 2009 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment, Living, Media

The GLBT Resource Center of Michiana Pride in the Park 2009is holding their 2nd annual "PRIDE in the PARK" celebration on Saturday October 3, 2009 at Potawatomi Park, South Bend.

Festivities will commence at 1:00pm and conclude at 6:00pm. This is a kid friendly event so all ages are welcome. There will be vendor booths, food, games for kids, Bingo with Michiana's infamous Bradley, and LIVE MUSIC from the Jim Post Band.

And that's not all.

If you're interested in becoming either a sponsor of Pride in the Park 2009 or a vendor there is still time to do so. Information, Sponsorship and Vendor forms are available at the GLBT Resource Center of Michiana's website.

To understand the importance of this year's event, here is a little history from GLBT Resource Center of Michiana myspace:

The GLBT Resource Center was a safe, supportive and affirming atmosphere for all gay, lesbian, bi and transgender individuals. The Center provided meeting space for men's, women's, youth, and transgender support groups. There were social groups, concerts, free testing and events hosted at and by the Resource Center, but as much as the gay community relied on the GLBT Resource Center, so also the Center relied on the community.

The Board of Directors, management, committees, and staff are completely comprised of volunteers. Everyone working at and for the Resource Center got involved because they see the need in our community and they believe the Center is an integral part of meeting that need. Additionally, the majority of the Center's funding comes from the local community in the form of donations.

December 13, 2007 was a sad day for the GLBT community in Michiana. After three years, the area's only gay, lesbian, bi and transgender bookstore and community resource center was forced to close its doors. There was no warning and its closing left many in our community scratching their heads. The GLBT Resource Center of Michiana had served as an invaluable refuge for many people who either had nowhere else to turn or simply did not know where to seek help and support.

This year's event is a celebration of large proportions! The GLBT Resource Center of Michiana has regrouped and secured a new facility. Proceeds from the PRIDE in the PARK event will be used to finish the final touches.

The GLBT Resource Center is greatly in Michiana. Please help make this year's PRIDE in the PARK event a HUGE success and plan to attend. Better yet become a sponsor or vendor. If you have specific questions feel free to contact Tricia Wainscott, Executive Director.

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