Meet the Board of VA Pride 2014 Tonight 6PM at Nu Nightclub
Photo: VA Pride’s new President Sean Pierce at VA Pride 2013
This upcoming Thursday (December 5th) from 6pm to 9pm, Virginia Pride will host a meet and greet event at Richmond’s NU Nightclub, in order to introduce the community to Pride’s new board of directors for 2014.
The board has grown significantly for the coming year and now includes 11 members, as opposed to this past years four. Sean Pierce, a returning board member and the new President for Virginia Pride, expressed his hope that the size of the new board will directly reflect the increase in scope Pride will have in 2014.
“The endgame, of course, is to make this thing huge,” said Pierce. “That’s what we’re heading towards. We are hoping there will be some obvious and dramatic changes this year in the Pride Fest and other events that lead up to it.”
The increase in attendance for 2013’s Pride Fest, which boasted a crowd of thousands of people, made it clear that many of those in the Richmond and greater Virginia area are certainly interested in this organization and their events.
Pierce also emphasized the board’s desire to increase fundraising efforts for 2014 and repeatedly expressed the importance of further integrating the community, as a whole, into Pride itself.
“Moving forward…one of our biggest goals is to create alliances with everybody. We want everybody to have that family feeling…we represent a community, and that community is not just Richmond, we’re Virginia Pride…and we want to make sure that all of Virginia gets to be a part of it, as they should.”
When asked about how this year’s Pride would differ from those in the past, Pierce said, “Were kind of starting fresh. There was a lot of foundational pieces that should have been in place last year, but were not…so, basically stated, were all about starting over.”
Pierce went on to explain how last year’s board had been restricted by a lack of overall experience and a limited capacity. But now, the current board has one Pride under their belts, and with the added board members, they feel next years Pride is set up for success.
“We’ve established a new set of bylaws, we’ve reincorporated ourselves. We’ve done all the necessary things to get our foundational pieces in place,” said Pierce.
Along with Pierce, the new board will include Leonard Richard, Tina McClinthen, Mike Grider, Don Powers, Rich Forrester, Liz Havenner, Amy Lockett, Chris Murphy, Brian Reach, and Robert Key.
“We’re all very driven people and we all have the endgame of having a huge successful pride,” said Pierce. “We’re a new face, we bring new energy and new goals and we all bring different things to the board that allow us to progress in the direction that we want to go… and so we want the community to know that.”
We’ll see you all there at Nu Nightclub tomorrow night, 12/6, from 6-9PM.
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