SAN DIEGO – San Diego Pride presented The San Diego LGBT Community Center with a $30,000 donation at a black-tie gala Saturday night at the Hilton Bayfront.
The ceremonial check was presented by Pride's executive director Dwayne Crenshaw at The Center's 39th anniversary gala, noting the success of the 2012 Pride celebration, "America's Pride," which made it possible for such a large cash contribution to be handed out.
"It is with great pride that we are able to significantly increase our giving to such an outstanding organization this year," Crenshaw told the crowd estimated at 600 people. "Pride isn’t just about throwing an incredible party once a year; it’s about honoring the legacy of struggles and successes our community has faced, and supporting the efforts to overcome the obstacles that still lie in our way. Supporting our local community center with revenues generated from Pride was a clear choice in achieving this goal."
"We’re delighted to accept this very generous donation from San Diego LGBT Pride,’ said Dr. Delores Jacobs, CEO of The Center. "Pride is an important part of our San Diego LGBT community and their support of The Center means a great deal. We look forward to an ongoing partnership, working together to make our community even better."
San Diego LGBT Pride says that over the last 16 years, it has donated about $1.5 million dollars to local LGBT serving nonprofit organizations. The community’s support of San Diego Pride’s official festival in Balboa Park makes Pride’s donations possible.
“Here at Pride we like to say, ‘Pride isn’t just a weekend; it’s a way of life.’ We hope to continue the success of our events and community outreach so that we may expand our funding of the LGBT and allied communities for years to come,” Crenshaw said.