From: Carla Smith Vice President/Membership Director/Treasurer Southern US Regional Coordinator Pagan Pride Project, Inc.
I am pleased to announce the final event numbers for 2010 Pagan Pride Day events held in conjunction with the Pagan Pride Project, Inc.
We had a total of 98 events on FOUR continents:
United States held 78 events in 37 out of 48 continental United States as well as Washington DC and Alaska.
Canada held 9 events in 3 provinces: Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.
Latin America saw 6 events in 5 countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay.
The European Union held 3 events: Plymouth, United Kingdom; Rome, Italy; and the first ever PPD in Praha (Prague) in the Czech Republic.
Our 2010 attendance of 51,824 exceeded our expectations and exceeded last year's attendance by over 14,000! Since 2007 this is our third year in a row with increased attendance: in 2009, 36,989 people attended and in 2008, attendance was only 22,148.
Pagan Pride Days are not only about bringing Pagans and the community in celebration and for education, but we always try to give back to our communities directly. In 2010, 27,582.76 pounds of food was collected for donation to local community food banks. Pagan Pride Day events also donated: over 26 units of blood for local blood banks, 24 pounds of school supplies, over 178 books/supplies for Pagans in the military, over 150 pieces of clothing for charities, and never forgetting our animal friends - we collected 396 pounds of pet food along with an assortment of pet supplies.
Monies collected onsite at Pagan Pride Day events that were directly donated to local community charities equaled $5406.74, and we expect that number to increase once each event files their financial end of the year report. Monies raised at local Pagan Pride Day events go directly back into the local communities. The Pagan Pride Project does not take money from our events or charge fees for local events.
The Pagan Pride Day Project is a completely volunteer organization and no one within our organization, including our Board of Directors receives compensation for our time or involvement. It is our dedication to the organization and the success of our events that rewards us. We realize that our organization would not be successful without support of others and therefore, the Board of Directors and the Regional Coordinators would like to thank everyone involved with our 2010 events including but not limited to: our local event coordinators; event volunteers; public sponsors including businesses, covens, churches, groves and groups; vendors at our events; and all the attendees for their support of their local Pagan Pride Day events and communities around the world.
Congratulations to everyone! Blessings for a successful and a prosperous 2011 event season!
We actually have 2 PPDs here, one in Cincinnati that's on the east side, and one that's in Northern KY (which, honestly, is a suburb of Cincinnati, but it IS across the river and technically in another state). I know the organizers of both - we go when we can (depending on sleep schedules). The NKY one is coming up first - Saturday September 4th, 2010 at Goebel Park in Covington Kentucky. It appears the one on the Ohio side is a little farther afield this year - Serpent Mound Park in Peebles, Ohio on October 16, 2010 (we'll be missing that one, as it's on my mate's birthday, and we'll be at a gaming convention in Hudson, OH near where he grew up).
Edited by: EUPHRATES at: 8/19/2010 (11:13)
Call me Euphrates (no really - I prefer it to my given name of Lisa, and use it everywhere outside of work) Cincinnati, OH
Getting my health back - I can't give the best care to my patients and family if I don't take care of myself!
There's a Pagan Pride festival in Connecticut on August 28th and the next day Wendy Rule will be here in concert! It's my first festival so I'm not sure about details but a friend is conducting a workshop there "Living a Green Life". Looking forward to a fantastic day!
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