Ferndale Pride Donates $21,000 in Grants to Local Organizations


Ferndale Pride Donates $21,000 in Grants to Local Organizations

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 25, 2018)

Ferndale, MI – The annual Ferndale Pride Festival continues to grow each year in attendance, size, and success.  At Monday’s Ferndale City Council Meeting Ferndale Pride Chairperson Julia Music announced grants donated to local organizations totaling $21,000.

Ferndale Community Foundation, which oversees Ferndale Pride, received $11,000 which will then be applied towards grants they give to other Ferndale-based nonprofits and community efforts.

Four other charities each received $2,500 in grants.

Affirmations is a community center in Downtown Ferndale with a mission to “provide a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities & expressions, and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and feel safe.” There are support groups, social groups, a computer lab and library, meeting spaces, an art gallery and more.

Gender-Identity Network Alliance was created in 2005, with a purpose to “create positive social change supporting all forms of gender identity and expression through charitable, educational, and service works.”

Matrix Human Services MAC Health works to reduce health issues among vulnerable populations in and around Detroit, including prevention and services to support those with sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

Transgender Michigan’s primary mission “is to provide advocacy, support and education while serving to create coalitions in the state of Michigan to unify and empower transgender and gender non-conformist communities.”

Music posed for pictures with representatives of each organization and recognized volunteers in the room.

Since its establishment in 2011, Ferndale Pride, which presents an annual LGBTQ pride street fair in downtown Ferndale and related events, has distributed more than $145,000 in unrestricted grants to local charities. This year’s festival was Saturday, June 2.

“For the past eight years, we have been able to provide a free festival that has grown in size while maintaining the ability to give back to the community. We are forever grateful to The Candle Wick Shoppe for becoming our first naming rights sponsor,” said Julia Music, Ferndale Pride chair.

Music credits the evolution of pride to the core team and day of volunteers. “I am extremely fortunate that pride engages volunteers with a wide range of talents and skills,” she said. “Their ownership of the projects that go into creating the festival allows us to flourish.

The 2019 Ferndale Pride street fair will be Saturday, June 1. For more information about Ferndale Pride, visit www.ferndalepride.com.

Check out coverage of the event at http://oaklandcounty115.com/2018/06/06/ferndale-pride-chalks-up-another-year-of-love-diversity-and-activism/

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