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Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about how you can help us continue our work to make Indiana a more welcoming place for ALL people.
Spencer Pride is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that is 100% volunteer-fueled. We work collectively, by engaging our community, to help make Indiana a more welcoming place for ALL people.
- We educate the public about rural lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, & queer (LGBTQ+) people & issues.
- We provide a voice for the LGBTQ+ community to help foster an environment where there is no disparagement in opportunity simply because of one’s gender expression, sexual orientation, or related perceptions of the same.
- We welcome everyone to join us as we continue to cultivate a community of compassion & celebration for all people.
Spencer Pride runs an LGBTQ+ community center, coordinates two major annual events each year, & provides a variety of educational services. We also now have our own youth group, called Iris!
OUR COMMUNITY CENTER
The commUnity center is the main headquarters of Spencer Pride’s educational efforts. It is also the home of Unity, our distinctive retail shop that showcases local artists & craftspeople. The commUnity center is a certified Safe Place & an LGBTQ+ Safe Zone.
We will be expanding the center. This will allow us to greatly increase our educational services. We will also provide free meeting space for local, affirming, not-for-profit organizations. Our center is currently located at 46 E. Market Street in downtown Spencer in a historic building on the courthouse square.
Unity is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM until 7 PM.
When we opened the commUnity center in September 2016, Spencer, Indiana, became the smallest town in America with an LGBTQ+ center. We are very proud of this milestone for our community.
The Spencer Pride Festival is an admission-free rural LGBTQ+ pride festival that takes place on the square of the Owen County Courthouse in Spencer, Indiana. The Spencer Pride Festival is the largest rural LGBTQ+ pride event in the state, & Spencer is the smallest town in the Midwest with such a large LGBTQ+ pride event! The Spencer Pride Festival takes place on the first Saturday in June each year. It is known for its family-friendly & inclusive atmosphere, all in a small town setting.
A Night at the Tivoli is the main event of our LGBT History Month activities. It is held on the second Wednesday in October at the beautiful historic Tivoli Theatre in Spencer, Indiana. The admission-free event features a film, educational activities, & a reception for generous donors who make the informative & entertaining evening possible. In coordination with the event, we also create & distribute educational displays to more than 20 area libraries, schools, & community organizations to educate about LGBTQ+ history.
OTHER EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
In addition to our annual events, Spencer Pride also provides a variety of services to the community. Diversity education panels are one of those services. Panels, consisting of members of the LGBTQ+ community & their families & friends, educate groups on topics pertinent to the LGBTQ+ community. One of the more popular uses of this panel is for employee diversity awareness training. We offer these panels as a free service.
In order to continue offering vital services to our community, we are requesting financial support from you. A key way to do this is to become a sponsor of one or more of our programs. Sponsors will be recognized in a variety of ways. Funding will be used to support our commUnity center, to continue providing educational services to the public, & to aid in the continuance of our well-known & well-respected annual events.
Please contact us if you wish to become a sponsor. You can reach us via e-mail at info@SpencerPride.org or via telephone at 812-652-5000. If you wish, we can also meet you at our commUnity center to show you the space & walk you through the opportunities that you can help make a reality.
On behalf of the Spencer Pride Board of Directors & our passionate volunteers, I thank you for your consideration to help us achieve our goal of making Indiana a more welcoming place for ALL people.
Jonathan A. Balash
President, Spencer Pride, Inc.
Each sponsorship level (except for rainbow) can be customized to support one of our key programs: the commUnity center, Spencer Pride Festival, or our LGBT History Month event: “A Night at the Tivoli.” At the rainbow level, all benefits are afforded for all 3 of these vital programs. To become a sponsor, review the sponsorship levels & select the program on which you most wish to focus. All of the sponsorship levels come with our most sincere gratitude in addition to the tangible benefits highlighted.
ADDITIONAL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
There are a variety of additional opportunities available to support Spencer, Pride, Inc. These sponsorships are typically very limited in availability & benefits are time-sensitive. If you are interested in any of the opportunities below, please contact us right away.
SPENCER PRIDE FESTIVAL
Stage Sponsorship ($400) – this is available once per year. The sponsor is recognized through on-stage signage as well as naming rights (i.e. the stage is referred to on our map & social media as the “SPONSOR NAME Stage.”) The main stage features live entertainment all-day long & is the single most viewed location at the festival. – STILL AVAILABLE FOR 2018!
Kiosk Sponsorship ($300) – this is available once every two years. The sponsor is recognized through signage on the kiosk for two years. The kiosk is a key location for individuals to find out information about the festival. – NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2018
Family Fun Area Sponsorship ($200) – this is available for each of our activities in the Family Fun Area (generally 4-7 per year). The sponsor is recognized with naming rights (i.e. a sponsored bounce house is referred to on our map & social media as the “SPONSOR NAME Bounce House.”) – STILL AVAILABLE FOR 2018!
Vendor Reception Area Sponsorship ($100) – this is limited to a few sponsors per year. The sponsor is recognized through reception area signage as well as naming rights (i.e. it is referred to as the “SPONSOR NAME Vendor Reception Area.”). The Vendor Reception Area is a courtesy area for our vendors during setup. We provide free coffee & other refreshments– STILL AVAILABLE FOR 2018!
Owen County Coloring Book Sponsorship ($50) – this is available for our coloring book until all of our pages have been spoken for. The sponsor is recognized on a page alongside a featured location in Owen County. In addition, sponsors receive a complimentary copy of the coloring book when it is printed in the fall. Coloring books are a very popular item at the Spencer Pride commUnity center.