June 19, 2017 DENVER, CO—Officials at the GLBT Community Center of Colorado (“The Center”) announced today preliminary numbers from the recent Denver PrideFest celebration, held June 17 & 18, 2017. “We are pleased to announce that our celebration was a smashing success,” said Debra Pollock, CEO of The Center. “We estimate that attendance at the two-day festival was approximately 385,000.” The Coors Light PrideFest Parade on Sunday morning was the largest in the organization’s history, featuring nearly 200 entrants and attracting over 100,000 spectators. Volunteer Program Manager Juli German said that over 400 volunteers worked on the festival and contributed 5,734 volunteer hours to making Denver PrideFest a success.
Denver PrideFest is organized annually by The Center and is the non-profit organization’s largest annual fundraiser. Denver PrideFest generates funds that support programming at The Center serving the LGBT Community. “PrideFest makes it possible for us to continue our mission to engage, enrich, empower and advance the community,” Pollock continued. “The money raised at Denver PrideFest goes directly into direct services to the community, including programs that serve LGBT youth and elders as well as our Transgender Program.”
A record 37 corporate sponsors participated in the 2017 festival. “We value the partnership of these sponsors who are all committed to LGBT equality within their companies,” Pollock said.
“The Center prides itself on producing a safe and secure festival,” Pollock concluded. “Thanks to the support and cooperation of a host of city agencies including the Denver Police Department, Denver PrideFest was a safe and secure environment for all members of our community and our allies.”
The GLBT Community Center of Colorado
The Center opened in 1976 and over the years has grown to become the largest community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado’s LGBT community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination. Today the Center is focused on fulfilling its mission – to engage, empower, enrich and advance the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of Colorado – by ensuring that every member of the LGBT community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. The Center currently operates on an annual budget of $1.8 million, employs 19 staff members and utilizes more than 500 community volunteers to serve more than 40,000 people each year. www.glbtcolorado.org