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2014 PRIDE Celebration

Whirlpool PRIDE Network

Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

2014 PRIDE Celebration

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General Admission Ended $50.00 $3.74

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The Cause

The mission of The OutCenter is to provide support and advocacy for respect, understanding, and nondiscrimination to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied persons and their families in Berrien County, Michigan.  The OutCenter invisions Berrien County as a fully integrated community in which LGBT persons and thier families are welcomed, respected, valued, understood, and afforded the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else.

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The Celebration

Whirlpool Corporation is Celebrating 10 Years of Perfect 100 Scores on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index

Whirlpool Corporation is the first appliance company to achieve a perfect score on the index, a result the company credits to its dedication to workplace equality. In 2002, Whirlpool instituted domestic partner benefits and recently introduced benefits to support transgender employees. In a poignant "It Gets Better" video the company created, employees shared personal experiences of coming out to family and friends and describe the supportive and welcoming environment found within the corporation. The company has implemented LGBT equality diversity training to employees across the U.S., has maintained a track record of supporting LGBT workplace equality at both the state and federal levels of government and is the first appliance brand to feature same-sex couple families in national appliance ads.

About Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012, 68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag,KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world.  Additional information about the company can be found at


The Chefs


 The Hearty Boys

 The Hearty Boys; Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh; are trend setting Chicago caterers, authors of Talk with Your Mouth Full, original winners of Search For The Next Food Network Star and hosts of Party Line With the Hearty Boys. Their newest book is an everyman’s guide to the current cocktail movement titled The New Old Bar.  They recently reconcepted their Michelin recommended Lakeview restaurant, HEARTY, into a unique chef collaboration with James Beard Award winning chef Gale Gand.  The new restaurant, SpritzBurger, features artisan soda cocktails and gourmet burgers.


 Honey LaBronx

 Honey LaBronx is best known as "The Vegan Drag Queen." Star of her own cooking show on YouTube and also a gay rights activist, Honey uses her exposure as a drag performer to spread the vegan message to new audiences. A member of Queer Rising, Honey was heavily involved in the 2011 fight for marriage equality in New York State.  Honey is the co-host of the podcast "Big Fat Vegan Radio" with Laura Yaz, and has been asked by PETA (People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to be their newest spokeswoman!  Audiences have enjoyed her performances in New York City, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Iceland.  While she was once on America's Got Talent, the footage never aired.  Still, Honey has appeared in numerous web series and commercials.  A Wisconsin native, she moved to New York City in 2000 and now shares an apartment with her favorite queen, Bob TheDragQueen. She is an aromatherapy enthusiast, and such a big fan of Björk that she even speaks Icelandic!

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 Hannaniah and the Boys

 Hannaniah Whitley leads a talented group of musicians based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hannaniah’s signature vocals elevate the infectious funky grooves coming from the boys’ drums, guitars, and keyboards. Good times and great music are always present whenever Hannaniah and The Boys perform.  This band loves to share their original music and interptions of today’s hit music with anyone who is ready to dance and have fun-when Hannaniah and the Boys start .performing the party really gets started! 


The Venue

Reid Murdoch Building

The World of Whirlpool

Located in the penthouse of the historic Reid-Murdoch Building in downtown Chicago, the World of Whirlpool is the international brand and product experience center for Whirlpool Corporation. The nearly 30,000-square-foot facility features 12 exquisite demonstration kitchens, interactive laundry showrooms, unique meeting spaces and incredible rooftop entertaining areas overlooking the Chicago River.

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Your $50 ticket includes Open Bar, tastings from the our guest chefs, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a wonderful Whirlpool PRIDE Swag Bag packed with surprises!

There will also be a silent auction that includes our limited edition Rainbow KitchenAid Stand mixer!


The Overnight

Accomodations at Hotel Allegro

The celebration doesn't have to stop at 4!  Stay over night and celebrate all over Chicago!

We have secured a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate for attendees who wish to stay overnight in Chicago and stay for the Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29.  The Allegro is situated in the heart of downtown Chicago and only a few blocks away from the World of Whirlpool.  The Allegro is a Kimpton Hotel and also has a perfect 100 Score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. 

Rooms for this event are $199/night (a $100/night savings!) and can be booked by e-mailing  In your e-mail, please include:  1.) Name for the reservation, 2.) Check-In Date, 3.) Check-Out Date, and 4.) a Contact phone number.  You will receive a confirmation that your room has been reserved and will pay at the hotel upon check-out.

Have questions about 2014 PRIDE Celebration? Contact Whirlpool PRIDE Network

When & Where

World Of Whirlpool
325 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60654

Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

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Whirlpool PRIDE Network

Established in 1999, the Whirlpool Pride Network is the employee resource group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight allied (LGBTA) employees of Whirlpool Corporation. The network strives to position Whirlpool as a top company for LGBTA employees and has been integral in achieving and maintaining the company's 100 Score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index each year since 2004. Through the PRIDE Networks efforts, Whirlpool has been nominated for 3 Out & Equal Outie Awards and was the 2012 recipient of the PFLAG Straight4Equality Workplace Award.

For more information on the PRIDE Netowork, please contact us at
Whirlpool PRIDE Network Leadership Team:
Co-Lead - Chris Rice
Co-Lead - Erin Brown
Business Impact - Noah Berger
Employee - Randy Maples
Community - Greg Fulmer

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