Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation Announces 2016 Contributions of $215,325 to Beneficiary Organizations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. November 9, 2016 — The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation today concluded its 2016 fundraising season of events. The Foundation produces the annual REAL BAD fundraising party that follows San Francisco’s world-renowned Folsom Street Fair, the REACH Pride T-Dance party during San Francisco Pride, and the RECOVERY T-Dance party that immediately follows the Castro Street Fair. The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation announced that its fundraising events and charitable contributions totaled $215,325, which will be donated in full to the following six LGBT health and community service beneficiary organizations:

Dolores St. Community Services

Dolores Street Community Services nurtures individual wellness and cultivates collective power among low-income and immigrant communities to create a more just society.

LGBTQ Connection

LGBTQ Connection fosters a healthier, more diverse and inclusive community, driven by emerging and youth leaders in the rural and suburban north SF Bay Area.

The Trevor Project

The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people.

New Conservatory Theater Center

The mission of New Conservatory Theatre Center is to champion innovative, high-quality productions & educational theatre experiences for youth, artists, and the queer & allied communities to effect personal & societal growth, enlightenment and change.

Project Homeless Connect

The mission of Project Homeless Connect is to connect San Franciscans experiencing homelessness with the care they need to move forward.

HIV Story Project/ National AIDS Memorial

Focused on bridging HIV/AIDS with film, media and storytelling to halt the spread of the pandemic, battle the stigma associated with it and give a voice to the HIV positive community.

In addition to these six organizations, the Foundation also continued its support of Flagging In The Park by contributing $12,000 to its 2016 beneficiaries: ORAM, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Shanti, Project Inform, and The National AIDS Memorial Grove.

At the conclusion of this season, the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation has donated a total of over $2.5 million to worthy non-profit organizations.

About the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation and its Season of Events

REAL BAD, REACH, and RECOVERY are produced by the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation (formerly GRGR/West), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. These annual fundraising events are completely volunteer-produced, and are distinct in that the costs of producing the events are underwritten entirely by the party’s Hosts, a Circle of Friends who volunteer their time and resources to make REAL BAD a yearly sell-out success. This unique support enables 100% of general admission ticket proceeds from REAL BAD, and 100% of net ticket proceeds from REACH and RECOVERY, to be donated to charity. In 2016, the Foundation raised $215,325, bringing the total donated to worthy non-profits to over $2.5 million over the event’s history. The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation changes lives by supporting organizations that promote a happy, healthy, and connected LGBT community. For more information, visit www.realbad.org and www.grassrootsgayrights.org

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