Winter Pride 2011 A Great Success

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Pride in Brighton & Hove would like to thank Barefoot Wine andeveryone who took part in this year’s Winter Pride Festival which ran from Saturday 5th to Sunday 13th March 2011.

After a break in 2010, Winter Pride returned with a fantastic calendar of community and business fundraising events. Venues across Brighton, Hove and Worthing celebrated in style and raise over £3,000 for Pride in Brighton & Hove.

Sponsored by Barefoot Wine, here are some of the highlights from the week and the amounts raised by each business:

Legends and a whole host of performers put on an afternoon cabaret show on Sunday 13th March to finish the week with a bang. Thank you to all the artistes who gave their time for free, Matt and all the staff who worked tirelessly to ensure the afternoon was a huge success and Tony Chapman for his very kind personal donation of £500. The event raised a fantastic £1,008.33.
The Gender Trust and Clare Project came together to present an evening of cabaret celebrating trans identities at The Marlborough Theatre. The proceeds from the event (£48.46) were split between the trans community and Pride.
The Jack Horner in Worthing pulled out all the stops with three fundraising events: Drag Football, Karaoke and Cabaret. Massive thanks to Lorraine and the team for raising £410.24 for Pride and selling £70 worth of Pride raffle tickets.
Dr Brighton’s celebrated their second birthday with £1 shots all night. Customers got in the spirit and donated £312.43 to Pride.
The Bulldog celebrated all week including a 63-hour fundraising weekender; by the end of Winter Pride they had raised £277.50 for Pride.
Local faith groups presented an evening which explored connections and interactions between faith and sexuality at The Friends Meeting House. The event was well attended and this success will be built on with other events planned to take place throughout the year.
Bent Double at Komedia is usually a sell-out and during Winter Pride this was no exception. Thank you to Zoe Lyons for hosting such a great event – fun and laughter was had by all with £198.00 donated to Pride from the entry tickets.
Thanks to Nat and Steve at the Marine Tavern for raising £189.68 during the quiz night, in which the Pride team came fifth out of six teams! Luckily the questions weren’t about Pride!
Brighton Bothways held a life drawing session entitled ‘This is What a Bisexual Looks Like’ at The Marlborough Theatre which was well attended and fun for all.
The Richard Cobden in Worthing didn’t hold a special Winter Pride event but not wanting to be left out they raised £167.00 for Pride during the week.
BLAGSS ran a range of sporting activities during the week from a Downland Ramble to Swimming, Tai Chi and free Tennis. BLAGSS asked for donations to Pride at each event (TBC).
R-Bar shook the Pride buckets and asked for donations to gain cheaper entry to Revenge; at the end of the week £113.49 was raised.
The Marlborough had various events on during the week; by the end of Winter Pride they raised £121.93 for Pride.
The Zone (winners of the Out of This World theme competition) presented a Showgirl Carnival, Feathers and Sparkle which raised£45.98 for Pride.
The Naked Homo performed ‘Life Model Alive’ at The Brighton Media Centre and ‘Naked Homo Live at Pride’ at the Marlborough Theatre with £40.00 fromdoor donations going to Pride.
The Prince Arthur’s Karaoke, Sunday roasts and film night raised £12.00.
Charles St didn’t hold a special Winter Pride event but they did raise £24.58 in the shaker on the bar.
During the week Pride volunteers were out and about selling Winter Pride raffle tickets, thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, the raffle raised just under £500 for the charity. For full details of all the prizes and the winners names see www.brightonpride.org
The funds raised for the charity during Winter Pride are essential to ensure Pride has the capacity and structure to work with our partners to plan and develop a safe and enjoyable park event. Pride is committed to maximize fundraising for the local LGBT voluntary sector and support over 70 community groups at the park and in the parade, as we did last year, but we can only do this with your help.

Thank you from the Pride team

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