Milwaukee Pride, Inc.
Press Release

PrideFest Plus One Campaign honors The Healing Center

Fundraiser supports local survivors of sexual violence

By - Jan 18th, 2016 10:40 am

January 15, 2016 – Milwaukee Pride, Inc. has selected The Healing Center as the 2016 PrideFest Plus One beneficiary.

The PrideFest Plus One campaign invites festival guests to donate a tax-deductible gift of $1 — or any dollar amount — at the box office to support an LGBT-supportive charitable cause.  Guests may donate at the online box office, onsite ticket windows, or via online giving.  Past Plus One beneficiaries have included the ACLU of Wisconsin, Pathfinders Q*Blok and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.

“Sexual violence often goes unspoken or invisible in the LGBT+ community,” said Jorna Taylor, development director, “despite statistics showing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are at higher risk.”

“In order to live proud, our community must first live well. We are honored to support The Healing Center’s vision of making healing possible for everyone.”

Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Walker’s Point neighborhood, The Healing Center offers opportunities for sexual abuse and assault survivors, and their loved ones, to heal through support, advocacy and community education.  All services are provided free of charge. 

“We are honored to be selected as the 2016 Plus One beneficiary,” said Maryann Clesceri, executive director of Aurora Health Care‘s The Healing Center. “The Healing Center assists over 800 survivors of sexual abuse each year. This generous financial support will help us provide extensive trauma-based counseling to survivors.”

PrideFest Milwaukee returns June 10, 11 and 12, 2016.  Although the box office will not open until February, Plus One donations can be made at any time at the PrideFest website.

About Milwaukee Pride
The mission of Milwaukee Pride, Inc., is:

  • to educate both the general community and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (LGBT+) communities about needs, issues and various aspects of the LGBT+ culture;
  • to provide a forum to celebrate the history and accomplishments of LGBT+ people;
  • to create an environment for networking and outreach for services and community opportunities for LGBT+ people and their families and friends; and
  • any other activities exclusively for charitable, educational, and research purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

PrideFest Milwaukee now seeks donors, sponsors, entertainers, merchants, volunteers and LGBT+ community partners to be part of the 2016 festival operation. Message us to learn more!

PrideFest Milwaukee is produced by Milwaukee Pride, Inc, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, compliant with all State of Wisconsin and IRS rules.

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