This summer, we’ve noticed that fewer events are being sent to us for publicity in CampBiz, probably because of vacation schedules or simply the desire for people to post on social networking sites. If your event was not included, please send it our way for future issues of CampBiz. To learn about upcoming events, check out the events section in the calendar at campkc.com, or join our Facebook page under Camp Kansas City. Send information on your organization to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Off to the White House
This just in! As we go to press on June 28, we’ve learned that Michael Lintecum of AIDS Walk, Dan Nilsen, who is leading the Mid America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (see a profile of him in the June 2011 PrideGuide issue of Camp), Missouri State Sen. Jolie Justus and her wife, Shonda Garrison, are flying to Washington for a reception with President Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, at the White House in honor of LGBT Pride Month. We’re waiting on news and photos for our next issue and Facebook post!
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at the K
AIDS Walk Kansas City and Starbucks are presenting their first event of this type at 1 p.m. July 24 at the Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Royals will be playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Prices are: single ticket pack, $20 (one ticket) and double ticket pack, $40 (two tickets). (First 50 packages of this type sold receive special Starbucks gift.) The four ticket pack/single park pass is $100 (4 tickets and 1 parking pass). (First 25 packages of this type sold receive special Starbucks gift.)
Everyone who purchases tickets through Starbucks or AIDS Walk Kansas City will receive a special HIV/AIDS awareness bracelet and access to the complimentary MAC Properties Tailgate before the game, beginning at 10 a.m. in Lot N. Look for the Starbucks banner and MAC Tent! (You must purchase a ticket through Starbucks or AIDS Walk Kansas City to attend the tailgate.) AIDS Walk reports that 60 percent of all proceeds benefit their organization.
Tickets can be purchased at Starbucks, 1701 W. 39th St., or at AIDSWALKKansasCity.org.
Show Me Pride Festival
The event was a great success, and Rick Bumgardner reports that he’ll soon be sharing some information on how it did financially. The group is still wrapping up all the details of the huge festival. Kansas City’s new mayor, Sly James, and the Kansas City Council called Bumgardner into their June session to honor Show Me Pride by issuing a proclamation that May 30 through June 5, 2011, is Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Week in Kansas City. A link to the full proclamation can be seen at campkc.com.
Congratulations to Show Me Pride’s directors, volunteers, entertainers and all who attended for celebrating a great Pride Festival this year. To stay in touch, attend planning meetings, or volunteer, visit www.gaypridekc.com.
Black Gay Pride
I’ve just learned on deadline from DeVon Horn, technical director for KC Black Gay Pride, that they will be hosting their events July 29-31 at the following locations: