Pasta, Passion, and Pistols for Pride

We are pleased to announce a really fabulous way to support Kitsap Pride this year.  A Murder Mystery dinner on Saturday, June 7th.  The Italian dinner will be a great way to observe Roma Pride if you can’t make it to Rome this year for their Pride event.  The Murder Mystery will provide a punch of fun and a great way to interact with friends old and new.

We chose this event to bring people together.  Many of us have heard community members express a desire to get together like we would with bingo or movie nights in the past.  It should be a fun evening and murder won’t be the only surprise on the menu.

It won’t be your Granny’s Spaghetti and Meatballs.  We’re planning a terrific and traditional meal with lot’s of flair.  More menu details to come. 

Join us for dinner on Saturday, June 7 at 7pm at the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 4418 Perry Ave NE  in Bremerton for this unique community event.

We have kept the price as low as possible and still hope to raise money for Kitsap Pride.  Tickets will be $20 at the door and $15 in advance.  We are expecting to sell out, so get your tickets early.  Seating is limited.

Get tickets from our volunteers, online or by sending a check to Kitsap Pride, PO Box 787, Bremerton, WA 98337.

Ciao!

View or Print the flyer here. 

Dine Out. Fight AIDS.

This year the Kitsap County HIV AIDS Foundation is trying the “Dining Out for Life” fundraiser with some local restaurants.  On April, 24 if you dine at one of our partner establishments, they will donate 30% of the check to KCHAF.  There are dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Lifelong AIDS Alliance in Seattle has added Kitsap County as one if its neighborhoods and all the funds raised through local restaurants will stay here in Kitsap County.  Visit our website for the list of local restaurants.  www.kchaf.org We are hoping to add a few more in the next few days.

The Kitsap County HIV AIDS Foundation advocates for those living with HIV/AIDS by offering assistance and education.  We provide a monthly communal meal, deliver free groceries and offer financial assistance.  We are about to launch Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong’s food program, here in Kitsap County next month.  This will be a boost to the quantity and quality of food our clients receive.

We also operate the Q center for LGBTQ youth ages 14-19.  The center is a safe space where we provide youth with information and resources to make healthy choices.  This program, based on HIV prevention, focuses on the whole person while developing self-esteem and decision making skills to reduce harm.  The center provides recreation, art & cultural opportunities, and a monthly meal to youth.  We also stock ready-to-eat items; free for those in need.  Our education and prevention curriculum includes topics such as: Body Image, Suicide Awareness, Safe Sex, Spirituality, Leadership and Self-Advocacy.

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The Kitsap County HIV AIDS Foundation is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to enhance the quality of life, respect, and dignity to those we serve while providing financial, emotional, social, and other support services, unavailable elsewhere, to those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS; and to promote prevention and educational efforts to stop the transmission of HIV the virus that causes AIDS.

 

Sponsorships Available

The Kitsap Pride Network invites you to participate in the pride event at Evergreen Park in Bremerton on July 19, 2008 as a sponsor at this event.  This year’s theme is “Live Love Be”.   Last year approximately 500 people attended the event and we anticipate an even bigger turn-out this year.  Our team of volunteers will work hard to make your support of our event a positive and worthwhile experience.
The planning committee has developed sponsorship packages for this year’s event, which includes some benefits that could be of interest to you.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you can indicate your interest now and ensure the advantages for you and your organization.  Sponsorships range from $1000 to $100.

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Purple

A top-level sponsorship of $1000 ensures you have the best recognition by offering premium space for your logo & name in the program with recognition of your donation.  A description of your business/organization will be placed on our website with a link to your website.  You will be provided an opportunity to speak from the stage.  A vendor space with table & chairs will be made available to you with preferred advance reservation space.

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Blue

A generous sponsorship of $500 offers great recognition with a logo & name listing of your donation in the program.  A description of your business/organization will be placed on our website with a link to your website.  A vendor space with table & chairs will be made available to you with preferred advance reservation space.

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Green

A sponsorship of $250 offers logo & name listing in the program with recognition of your donation.  A description of your business/organization will be placed on our website, a vendor space with table & chairs will be made available to you with advance reservation.

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Yellow

A sponsorship of $100 offers a name listing in the program and on our website with recognition of your support.  Plus, a vendor space with table & chairs.

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Orange

A donation of $50 offers a name listing in the program and on our website.

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Red

A donation of $25 offers a name listing in the program and on our website.

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If you are interested receiving the recognition of supporting the 2008 Kitsap Pride event and the benefits of this offer, please contact us.

 

Planning for 08

We’ve been getting together regularly to plan this year’s pride.  It has already been a fun and exciting event to plan.  We are working to improve the stage by having a full line up and an organized schedule.  We are talking to some exciting talent.  We are even looking at relocating the stage to make sure it is not too loud in the vendor marketplace.
We are also looking to add a space for families with children during the early part of the day from noon to 2 or 3pm.  We’ll also keep the stage “pg” for the first half of the day.  We are looking at having clowns, face painting and games with prizes.  We are looking for some parents to volunteer with us to make this the Kitsap Pride you want for your family.

We hope to have events, music and spaces for queer teens after 2pm.  We are teaming up with the teens at The Q Center (Kitsap’s lgbt drop-in center for youth 14-19) to create an appealing experience for them and their friends.

Of course, everyone is welcome all day.

Another idea we are looking into is an interactive art space.  We’re not sure what that will look like yet.  You artists out there can let us know if you have some ideas.

We do need everyone’s help to pull this off.  Our bigger plans will require us to raise more money and have more volunteers.  You can donate to support pride, bring your business to our vendor marketplace or get involved in the biggest lgbt event in the county.

We are also looking for sponsors.  There are sponsorship opportunities starting at  $100 and up.  Let us know if you or your business are interested.

Check out our fun fundraising event you can attend to support us.  Also, the Red Star parties held on the First Friday of the month in Bremerton are raising money for the pride committee.  Last year they raised $700  for the stage.  Check them out at www.redstarevents.com.  We’re now able to accept online credit card donations.  Until then you can send checks to Kitsap Pride Network, PO Box 787, Bremerton, WA 98337.  Donations are tax-deductible as we are operating under the fiscal sponsorship of one of our many non-profit community partners.

Most of all, tell everyone that Kitsap Pride is Saturday, July 19, 2008.

Help Out

We are currently looking for volunteers to help plan, raise money and put together the 2010 Kitsap Pride event.

Next Planning Meeting is: TBA @ 6:30 pm at the Kitsap County HIV AIDS Foundation in Silverdale.

We need volunteers for the Planning Committee and the day of the event.

Contact us if you want to help.

You can also make a tax-deductible donation to help us financially. We need to raise $5,000 by July.  Contact us or use the donate link. Use the “Sponsor Donate Now” link to support pride with a credit card through the secure Google Checkout.  Also, if you e-mail us we can provide a secure link through Google Checkout or  you can send checks to PO Box 787, Bremerton, WA 98337.
 

Pizza and Potluck Kick Off

Marcie and I went to Bremerton Parks today and have a pending reservation for July 19. We have also scheduled a first meeting for Wednesday, January 23rd at 6pm at the AIDS Foundation conference room in Silverdale. Located at 2841 NW Kitsap Place. Its almost behind the Michaels just off Kitsap Way.

We’ll provide pizza and ask everyone to pot-luck some salads, pop, etc. Please RSVP here – so we know how much pizza to get.

We are planning to have regular meetings on the first Saturday morning of the month.