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So proud of Pride 2015 and so proud of YOU!
I want to thank everyone who participated in our best Hudson Valley Pride yet! We’re very proud of Pride 2015 and proud to support the pride events hosted by our partners in pride: Big Gay Hudson Valley, Hudson Pride Foundation, and the Pride Center of the Capital Region.
We’re excited to report that 1,200 people attended our events this year, with 600 participating in the march & festival alone. We obviously have a lot of people to thank, but let me start with YOU. Thank you for coming out to join us. It was truly inspiring to see such a rainbow of people celebrating together. The center really is our home sweet home!
Our pride march & festival took place in New Paltz on Sunday, June 7. We had more people participate in our march than ever before, particularly young people, and that made it all the more inspiring as we snaked our way to Hasbrouck Park where the same-sex weddings that got the center started are commemorated by a historic marker. (How beautiful is that?)
Won’t you join me in thanking the following individuals and organizations? Congratulate them when you see them and stand by to help us get ready for an even bigger and better event next year! We couldn’t have produced our best Pride ever without the generous support of our sponsors, pride guide advertisers, and all our partners in pride. Please be sure to thank them when you see them!
On behalf of the center, I have the honor to thank our extraordinary staff members Cris Livecchi, Vanessa Shelmandine, and Corinne Werder. I’d also like to thank our board of directors led by our president Jan Whitman and our founders led by our founding president Ginny Apuzzo. And I’d once again like to thank Retts Scauzillo and Gene Knapp.
This year’s pride committee truly went above and beyond. The members were Dan Torres, Board Cochair, Corinne Werder, Staff Cochair, Ryan Doughty, Gene Knapp, Cris Livecchi, and yours truly, and our official event photographers were Bonnie Brill and Tracey Buzzanco. See all of their wonderful photos here.
The pride committee would like to give special thanks to John Martin for all the support he’s provided to the center over the past eight years. He’s truly a wonderful man.
For our first online pride guide–already viewed over 4,000 times (!)–Gene Knapp would like to thank Rick Whelan. Retts and Gene would also like to thank Linda Joseph and Rick Nadeau for providing their cars for the grand marshal and volunteer of the year at the march.
Check out our Pride 2015 photo gallery below and stay tuned for updates on how to get involved in Pride 2016. Please also feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or suggestions. Thank you again for showing your pride in the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center!
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From The Blog
This year’s election will take place on Saturday, June 6 at 6 pm in the center’s Apuzzo Hall. Members in good standing are invited to vote in person or by email proxy.
Thanks to everyone who attended our spontaneous marriage equality celebration on Friday night! Around 100 people showed up at The Anchor in Kingston, and we were joined by Jason West, the person who started the marriage movement in the Hudson Valley. Check out Gene Knapp’s great event photos!
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