Jun
30

Thank You For A Successful Juneteenth!

By rnickens

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Thank You for Making Juneteenth Our Most Successful Grassroots Fundraiser to Date!
The results are in, and this year’s Juneteenth Pride Awards Celebration was an event of many firsts for JRC, among them:

We honored Shelley Brown with our first ever Member of the Year Award, Jewel Thais-Williams with the Barbara Jordan Award & Ron and Richard Harris with the Bayard Rustin Award.

Councilwoman Jan Perry came to speak directly to our members
The Black League of L.A. Opera came to provide us with their unique and inspirational brand of music

Juneteenth 2011 Honorees (Center), Ron Buckmire Board President (Left), Councilwoman Jan Perry (Right)

Juneteenth 2011 Honorees (Center), Ron Buckmire Board President (Left), Councilwoman Jan Perry (Right)

Even more amazing, however, is the grassroots fundraising power our members showed through this event.

This year we were able to bring in:

Over $2,000 in sponsorship for the event thanks to Equality California, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, and the ACLU of Southern California

Over $2,000 in pre-event ticket sales
Most impressively, we were able to gain over 30 new paying members through the event and raised over $3,000 through grassroots fundraising AT the event. By bringing in over $8,000 in sponsorships, ticket sales, and donations, we have DOUBLED the success of last year’s Juneteenth event.

We would like to let our constituency know that this is the type of grassroots fundraising power we hope is just the beginning of what our community is able to achieve. The money raised at this event will go directly toward our two largest community programs: knocking on doors in South Los Angeles to convince more Black voters to support their LGBT neighbors, and organizing a Queer Straight Alliance at Southwest College in Inglewood as a model of culturally relevant–and competent–student organizing. So, if you weren’t able to be apart of this year’s event, we certainly look forward to getting you involved before next year’s!

JRC Volunteer Team

JRC Volunteer Team

JRC 2011 Board Members

JRC 2011 Board Members

See you at Juneteenth 2012!

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