Christmas/Kwanzaa Family "Holigays" pot-luck gathering
Thursday, December 26, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)
Reserve your spot now and come out to celebrate the holidays this year with your LGBTQ Family, where you won't be castigated just for being who you are.
The Holidays are frequently one of the most depressing times of the year for members of the LGBTQ community, as they often have been ostracized by their families and have no one with whom to celebrate in the festivities and joy.
To that end, we are pleased to announce our Family Holigays program, which is designed to create an all-inclusive LGBTQ extended family to provide support to community members during major holidays that typically are celebrated with one's blood relatives. What used to be known as "Traditional Family Events" has given us the opportunity to create "LGBTQ-Family Events."
Our Christmas/Kwanzaa Family Holigays program will include an extra component: the Unwanted Gift Exchange. The Unwated Gift Exchange works similar to a Secret Santa program; however, instead of buying a gift, we ask that you bring a gift with you that you've already received--one that you aren't too fond of. You know how every year, Aunt Sally buys you that Reindeer sweater or Mistletoe Turtleneck or, well whatever it is, you love that they thought of you but it's really not your thing? Re-wrap it and bring it along, and hopefully you'll get something a tad bit better than what you had in the first place.
Family Holigays events will be pot luck get-togethers, hosted in an safe space that supports the LGBTQ community and are open to everyone in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and supportive community. Whether you come for the day or just for dessert, you are welcomed to join in the fun that the "family" of our community can offer.
Guests are asked either to bring one dish and make a small contribution ($5 suggested), or make a larger contribution if they will not be bringing a dish with them.
Please visit http://familyxmas.eventbrite.com/ for full details and to purchase your ticket to this exciting new holiday tradition.
Family Holigays Christmas 2013 is a family-friendly event.
Water and other beverages will be provided during the event. Those who wish to do so may BYO Beverage.
It is our hope that the spirit of this new LGBTQ Family Holidays tradition spreads throughout our community, to other centers, and around the nation, so that no one need ever feel left out of the celebrations and merriment during holiday celebrations.
*** PLEASE NOTE: You will be asked to state which dish you will be bringing when you register to attend, so we can help coordinate the food, which will be listed below. ***
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (347) LGBT-BX1 for more information.
We wish everyone joyous, safe, and happy holidays, wherever you may be celebrating them.
When & Where
The LGBTQ Community Services Center of The Bronx, Inc.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Community Services Center of The Bronx, Incorporated (the "Bronx LGBTQ Center") is a new 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization founded in The Bronx whose purpose is to provide a safe space for all LGBTQ individuals in The Bronx and surrounding areas to meet, gather, socialize, and receive support and services from other organizations; to conduct outreach and provide educational programs for its members, the community-at-large, and the public; and to advocate on behalf of issues important to the LGBTQ community.
We are diligently working toward raising the funds necessary to secure an operating space and begin serving the needs of our communities within The Bronx and surrounding areas. The monies raised by our events will be used in furtherance of our mission, which is stated in the first paragraph.
We are actively seeking people who are interesting in helping us serve the community and need as much help as possible. Please contact email@example.com if you'd like to help out, or call him at 914-417-9579.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. WHY ARE TICKETS SO EXPENSIVE?
A. These events are fundraisers, not just a party for everyone to attend. In order to raise the monies required to build and operate a new community services center that will serve the needs of the LGBTQ community, we need to bring in the money required for us to do so. We must cover all of our expenses and then pull in additional money to ensure our operational survival.
It will take approximately $100,000 - $250,000 to open and fund a new center for one year, and that is the amount of money we're seeking to raise before opening in a new space. This does not include any payments to employees; it is just for rent, utilities, equipment, and other expenses in beginning to provide services to the community, which are all additional expenses that must be paid for, as well.
Q. WHO IS GETTING THE MONEY?
A. The money goes to the newly-incorporated Bronx Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Community Services Center, Incorporated; the corporate entity that was formed in order to set up and run the new community services center in The Bronx, whose mission statement is printed above. All funds will be used in furtherance of the Bronx LGBTQ Center's mission.
Q. IS THE CENTER REGISTERED?
A. Yes, we are a registered New York State Not-For-Profit corporation with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, governed by all the applicable laws of such non-profit organizations operating in New York State.
Q. WHY IS THERE NO SPACE?
A. We are a brand-new organization formed after the fall of the old Bronx Community Pride Center. No one from the old Bronx Pride Center is involved with our new organization. We are currently in the midst of raising the funds required to open in a new space, which as describe above required between $100-$250k.
Q. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED/HELP OUT?
A. Contact us here on this page (send us a message), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (347) LGBT-BX-1
Q. WHAT'S THIS ABOUT MEMBERSHIPS?
A. The new Bronx LGBTQ Center is a membership-based organization. Individuals and Families can purchase a membership in the new center, which gives them the right to vote during annual membership meetings. More information about Memberships, pricing, types, levels, and amounts will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.