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ear Family, Calling all of you such an impact in my life. I am proud started almost immediately after Pride
‘ Dfamily makes me very proud, to have especially been part of this last year and will continue until we
' and I am saying that to over 20,000 year’s most diverse committee yet. close the books a month from now. If
[ of you. I call you all my brothers and The individuals who have worked on you see anyone with a Volunteer or
sisters because on this day I think the committee have been nothing less Staff shirt, please stop to thank them
‘ of this as my family reunion. I may thanfabulously amazing!This festival for helping to make this day special
not get to see many of you but once today would not be possible without: for everyone.
a year, so it is very refreshing and Robert Abreu (Festival Vice-Chair When I see everyone enjoying
exciting for me to see and be part of and Volunteers), JP Johnson (Festival themselves and all the smiles upon
7 , something so great as the Lexington Secretary), Jacob Boyd (Festival everyone’s faces, that is when it will
Pride Festival! We expand every Treasurer), Haley Marie (Activities hit me and I will realize that the last
} I year, much like areal family, and we and Volunteers), Mark Johnson year of planning this festival was
2 have our own personalities, just like (Entertainment), Todd Ryser-Oatman worth it all. All the tears I cried when
a real family. We may even fight and and Dwight Vires (Fundraising), Kat I felt overwhelmed and all the late
disagree on some issues, but at the Wilkie (Sponsorships), Christopher nights of working hard and sending
end of the day we love and support Bauer (Logistics), Kira Goldade emails out will be nothing but a
each other. (Vendor Liaison), Sarah Brown memory that will be forgotten! You
Each year presents a new and (Marketing/Advertising), Jessica never know that this day may save
‘ unique set of circumstances. People Garner (Merchandising), Michael hundreds of lives!
i come up to me every year and ask Groutt (Social Media), Amy Hatter So, in closing, I want to thank every
_' why I volunteer to help with the (Website/Technology), Christi one of you for showing up and OUT
. Pride Festival. I do this because of Wilson (Alcohol Manager), Chase on this amazing day! Thank you to all
the passion I have for our community, Bush (Hospitality Director), and the volunteers who volunteer for any
and I want to continue to be part of Tuesday Meadows and Nic Brown and all of our positions. No matter
something that is positive, and to (Members At Large). We have also how you define yourself, know
=x help the PCSO, an organization that had numerous others on different that you are always welcome and
provides so much support and so many sub-committees who have been accepted amongst our big ‘ole Pride
resources to our Pride Community. amazing over the course of the year! Community! The important thing to
Since starting on the Pride committee All of these individuals have given remember is that you have to keep
h for the 2009 Festival, I have seen and so much to make this day possible. Pride going in yourself all year long!
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