The group that run’s San Francisco LGBT Pride celebration is looking for partners for this year’s event.
Of course, there’s still the matter of paying last year’s partners. The Pride committee still owes a total of about $50,000 to them.
In response to e-mailed questions today (Friday, February 11), board President Nikki Calma (pictured at left) said, “None of the Community Partners have been paid. We will [be] arranging a meeting with them to discuss on how we plan to address this.” She’s been making similar remarks for months.
In December, the city controller’s office released a report showing that the Pride committee was $225,000 in debt.
Each year, community groups act as Pride’s partners to help out at the celebration – one of the world’s largest Pride events – in exchange for a cut of the proceeds. Pride has granted over $1.7 million dollars to beneficiaries since 1997.
After the June 2010 event, many partners complained their checks were thousands less than what they’d expected. Pride officials blamed the problem on a “miscommunication” between then-Executive Director Amy Andre and bookkeeper Jim Gong, and vowed to pay the partners back.
Both Andre and former board President Mikayla Connell announced their resignations in October. Connell left immediately, and Andre departed in November.
Community partner applications are due by March 16.
Candidates for interim executive director are also being sought.
To apply for either position, visit www.sfpride.org.
The theme of this year’s Pride, which runs June 25-26, is “In Pride We Trust.”