Organizers of the 19th annual Real Bad party, which took place after the conclusion of this year’s Folsom Street Fair, had their check presentation ceremony last night, awarding $150,000 to two worthy Bay Area institutions.
San Francisco, CA – (November 8, 2007) – Grassroots Gay Rights West (GRGR/West) announces the donation of record proceeds from REAL BAD XIX. Ticket sales from this year’s nine-hour leather celebration allowed for the beneficiaries, Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC) and STOP AIDS Project, to each receive $75,000 to support their respective work for the community.
REAL BAD Working Group event chair, Steve Mueller, whose constant drive to enrich the REAL BAD experience and love for the San Francisco dance community led this legendary party to a record-breaking year said, “I’m thrilled to give such amazing awards to the deserving organizations that partnered with us this year. The entire Working Group takes great pride in what we achieved and the happiness we brought our guests that Sunday night in September and the greater community through tonight’s donations.”
REAL BAD, produced by GRGR/WEST, operates through its Circle of Friends ritual: friends inspiring friends to gather in celebration to benefit community. Hosts and the generosity of sponsors provide the funding required to produce REAL BAD, allowing 100 percent of ticket proceeds to be donated to its beneficiaries. This tradition of grassroots fundraising has allowed REAL BAD, the longest running, most successful fundraising event of its kind in San Francisco, to donate to Bay Area LGBT civil rights, community services, and/or HIV/health-related organizations.
Congratulations to GGGR/West for their good work!
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