The B-Town Blog proud to be a Sponsor of the ‘Burien Pride Festival’ June 3


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The B-Town Blog is proud to be a Sponsor of the first-ever Burien Pride Festival – to be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. at Town Square Park.

The LGBTQ+ event is open to all ages, and everyone is welcome.

Burien Pride was an idea born out of necessity when community members decided it was time to stop complaining about various ailments (homelessness, theft, crime) in Burien and do something for the good of all people.

“We are a group of local Burien residents and business owners who came together to create a day where we celebrate and recognize the LGBTQ+ community; this day is Saturday June 3rd,” said committee member Debra George.

George is also the director of C.A.R.E.S. (Community Animal Resource & Education Society) in Burien. All money raised at the Burien Pride will go to Burien C.A.R.E.S., the local non-profit animal shelter.

In addition to George, diverse committee members include a teacher at Highline Public School, a technical lead at Facebook, a stay-at-home mom, a journalist, an events coordinator, and additional community leaders.

“As hard as it is to believe in 2017, there are still some people who harbor ill-will for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters,” South King Media Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer said. “South King Media and The B-Town Blog embrace the diversity of our community, and seek to promote activities which celebrate our unique qualities as well as the much greater commonalities which we share.”

“We believe that activities which bring people together in a positive celebration serve to foster unity and ultimately strengthen our community,” Theresa Schaefer added.

Within one week of the announcement, the following businesses and causes have thrown their support behind Burien Pride:

  • Discover Burien
  • Pit Stop Taproom & Pub
  • Black Zia Cantina
  • The Seattle Lesbian
  • Seattle Women’s Pride
  • The B-Town Blog
  • The Point

Committee member Joey Gerretsen, who co-owns Pit Stop Taproom & Pub with her husband John, said:

“As a business owner, and community member in this wonderful city of Burien, it just made sense to be part of such a monumental celebration. I am proud to be a part of the team that is helping Burien progress forward with compassion, love, and understanding.”

The Burien Pride committee is comprised of nine members and of those members, four are members of the LGBTQ+ community. The mix of personalities is an integral part of the group’s strength.

“We are all looking forward to welcoming the Burien LGBTQ+ community, our friends, and allies to our 1st annual Burien Pride,” said committee member Sarah Toce. “Now more than ever, we need to unite as a community and bring positive change into the world.”

Toce is the founder and producer of Seattle Women’s Pride. She also owns the award-winning daily online news site The Seattle Lesbian.

“We look forward to an event filled with love, laughter, and community,” added Burien Pride committee member Nick Skolness.

The Burien Pride committee is currently seeking sponsors and vendors to participate in the 2017 Burien Pride Festival. If your company is interested in being a sponsor or vendor for the festival, please download an application (https://www.burienpride.com/s/2017-Vendor-Form.pdf) and mail it to 909 SW 151st Street. Volunteers are also needed.

Burien Pride welcomes neighbors, families and friends in joining them on this monumental journey to help enrich their local community. The Burien Pride Festival takes place Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.> at Town Square Park (400 SW 152nd Street, Burien, Washington 98166).

The event is free and open to all ages.

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11 Responses to “The B-Town Blog proud to be a Sponsor of the ‘Burien Pride Festival’ June 3”
  1. Elizabeth says:

    It’s nice to have another parade day . We like our Gay neighbors . I live in a watchdog
    Neighborhood . We watch out for eachother. I forget I have gays in my neighborhood because I look at them as good neighbors and people I like rather than their gender preference. Make it a fun festival

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    • Joey Gerretsen says:

      Elizabeth,

      There is not going to be a parade. We decided to start at small, and grow the event over the upcoming years.

      Sincerely,
      Joey Gerretsen
      Pride Committee Member

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      • Tom Taaffe says:

        Hi Joey:
        Those thumbs down tell me that there’s work to be done.
        Sue and I will attend for sure. Tom

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        • Tom Taaffe says:

          Ooh Joey! Look at the thumbs down I have gotten already.
          Here I am , a straight guy gone to the dark side and already condemned to the lions.
          But haters gotta hate.
          See ya at the festival. Tom

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  2. Rob Johnson says:

    It’s about time.

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  3. Andrew Lake says:

    Fantastic! Excited about the inclusiveness and positivity of my city and community. I’ll be there with my friends and family to celebrate.

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  4. Martin C says:

    I look forward to celebrating with the diverse community that is Burien. Thank you all for pulling this together.

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  5. Conley Kershner says:

    I have a question for Joey Gerretsen in regards to these two paragraphs.:

    “We are a group of local Burien residents and business owners who came together to create a day where we celebrate and recognize the LGBTQ+ community; this day is Saturday June 3rd,” said committee member Debra George.

    George is also the director of C.A.R.E.S. (Community Animal Resource & Education Society) in Burien. All money raised at the Burien Pride will go to Burien C.A.R.E.S., the local non-profit animal shelter.”

    You say you are intending to grow the event over the years. Why not set up an account of some kind under the name of Burien Pride to keep all the funds foir the future growth, rather than give the money to C. A. R. E. S.

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    • Debra George says:

      Yes, the proceeds from the event will be split between Burien C.A.R.E.S. and Camp Ten Trees which is a residential camping program for the LGBTQ+ community. We cannot get a checking account for Burien Pride unless we form a business of sort. Which might come over time. The committee as a whole determined the two charities we are benefiting.

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    • Joey Gerretsen says:

      Conley,

      Rob Johnson and Kellie Bassen, both on our committee, were the ones that came up with this idea. I asked Debra George to be on the committee because she has done so many successful events in Burien, that it just made sense to include her. SInce none if us can fund the event ourselves, we needed to have a charity that we would donate funds to in order to get items donated. Since Kellie and Rob are founders of B-Town Dog, and the reason we have a dog park, we chose CARES as our initial charity, B-Town Dog is listed as a subsidiary of CARES. As we grow the festival, we will grow the charities. Thank you for your interest!

      Joey Gerretsen

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