Kemptville Pride invites public to celebrate love

Kemptville Pride invites public to celebrate love with first fundraiser of 2020

by Hilary Thomson, North Grenville Times

The organizers of Kemptville Pride 2020 are inviting you to celebrate love with an upcoming fundraiser in support of this year’s event. Last year, the first Kemptville Pride Parade took the downtown by storm, drawing over 1,000 people to the event. Kemptville Pride, held on June 1, 2019 included a parade as well as an after party at Riverside Park.

Kemptville Pride Queen of Communications, Fiona McKenney, hopes to make this year’s pride event even larger with a week-long celebration. She says a “So you think you can drag” event, yoga in the park, and lawn signs and window decals are all in the works for Kemptville Pride 2020. The organizing committee hopes to capitalize on the success of last years pride and double the attendance for this year’s event. “I thought it was going to be 15 people walking down the street waiving flags,” she says about Kemptville Pride 2019. “It turned out to be way bigger than that.”

Kemptville Pride is now a not-for-profit organization, and the event is funded entirely through sponsorship and fundraising dollars. Their first fundraiser this year will be photography sessions at Geronimo on February 2, from 9 am-2 pm. Anyone can book a 15-minute photography session with a professional photographer for a minimum donation of $5. “You can bring your partner, pet, kids, even your house plant,” Fiona says. The photographer is donating her time and Geronimo is offering the space for free, so all proceeds will go directly towards Kemptville Pride. “We hope people will stick around for a beverage and a treat as well,” Fiona says.

The Kemptville Pride organizing committee came up with the idea for a photoshoot fundraiser around Valentines Day, because they wanted to capitalize on the theme of love, which is at the heart of pride. “Our theme is love, and what better day than Valentines Day to go along with that?” says Fiona.

The organizing committee meets regularly, and welcomes anyone interested in helping out with this year’s event to contact them through the Kemptville Pride Facebook page. To book your 15-minute photo session, email kemptvillepride2020@gmail.com.

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