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OutSpokane's GoFundMe raising money for PRIDE Downtown Banners

Update 1/18/2016: 

OutSpokane’s GoFundMe campaign to raise money for downtown banners for Pride 2016 has reached its goal for this year, thanks to a final $200 donation from INBA member, Event Rents. Contributors raised $1,430, exactly half of the cost to produce and hang the 22 banners, and the Kalispel Tribe and Northern Quest Resort & Casino have agreed to match this contribution to fund the full cost of this year’s banners. Any additional donations will go towards next year’s banners.

INBA members contributed a significant portion of the donations for this  GoFundMe campaign, once again showing how much this community cares about Spokane. Quincey Faloon, with Event Rents, reiterated, “We are so proud to be a part of INBA and show our support where we can.”

Concept for PRIDE Banners along Spokane Falls Blvd. Kalispel Tribe and Northern Quest will match every dollar donated to this cause.

Every year, OutSpokane works tirelessly to organize, staff, and execute the annual Spokane Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival in an effort to bring individuals from various communities together to celebrate and embrace diversity. Other hallmark events in Spokane, such as Hoopfest, Bike to Work, CHAS, United Way, the University District, and the Lilac Festival demonstrate our City’s commitment to arts and culture, health care, education, social services, and environmental conservation. PRIDE banners will prove to our city’s residents and visitors that Spokane is committed to visibility, acceptance, diversity, and love.

It is one thing to embody recognition within laws, proceedings, and policies—but changing the hearts and minds of human beings takes time, commitment, and support from everyone. With the help of INBA, OutSpokane is looking to you to raise the funds needed to produce and hang the banners this year.

The plan is for 22 banners to be placed on Spokane Falls Boulevard. The cost to produce and hang each banner is $130, making the total cost $2,860. The Downtown Spokane Partnership has already agreed to the banner placement. Instant Sign Factory, an INBA member, has agreed to produce the banners. The Kalispel Tribe and Northern Quest Resort & Casino have issued a challenge grant to help pay for the banners through a GoFundMe campaign. Every dollar raised will be matched, up to $1,430! Any funds raised past our $1,430 goal will go directly towards the costs to install them again in following years.

By donating $20, your effective contribution is $40. By supporting the production of one banner ($130,) you provide two ways for Spokane to prove its dedication to diversity. Make your contribution today to be a part of Spokane Pride’s 25th anniversary.

Spokane Pride 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the Pride Parade and Rainbow festival in Spokane, WA. The theme “Silence to Celebration” embraces the history of the LGBTQ community in Spokane and across the Nation. Twenty five years ago, the Spokane Pride March was a police-patrolled, twenty-person march down Washington to Riverfront Park, but has since evolved to the Inland Northwest’s largest family-friendly celebration for diversity.

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