Friday, February 4, 2011

Winter Heat Kick-Off

Post by Development Director Johanna Osburn

Last night 50 fabulous ladies (and some allies!) joined us at Vig 27 to kick-off the Pride Agenda’s annual dance party celebrating women in the community, Winter Heat! Pride Agenda Board member and event co-chair Marla Hassner spoke about the impact of sponsorships on our work this year, and event co-chair Antoinette Kenmuir-Evans talked about the importance and fun of joining the steering committee. Co-chairs of the event for the last 3 years, they shared their perspectives on why the event is so important, and how it has provided us with a fun way to celebrate the strong leadership and vibrant contributions of women in the LGBT community (and of course, raise some critical funds for our work). We were also joined by their new co-chair, Patti Flanagan, and a number of members of the steering committee.

Pride Agenda Executive Director Ross D. Levi was also present to thank the crowd for coming out and reiterated Marla’s sentiments by pointing out that none of the victories that the Pride Agenda has achieved in its twenty year history could have happened without the involvement of women – as Board members, staff, volunteers and donors.

Winter Heat was my first event as a Pride Agenda staff member six years ago, and it is one of my favorite evenings of the year, bringing together women from all over the area, united in the fight for LGBT equality and justice. And I love that more men have joined us to show their support of their friends as well.

Winter Heat will be held at renowned Chelsea hotspot, Marquee, on March 23. Our goal is to pack Marquee’s dance floor with over 500 women and allies and last night’s kick-off was the perfect start. If you would like to join the party on March 23, click here for sponsorship opportunities. See you at Winter Heat!

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