From AM 800
A funding boost for Windsor-Essex Pride Fest thanks to Caesars Windsor Cares.
The casino is donating $12,200 to pride fest for social programming designed to address the problem of social isolation.
According to Windsor-Essex Pride, the programming provides the opportunity for meaningful social engagement and participation to increase connections and overcome isolation of Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex and Asexual adults in a safe, inclusive space.
Pride fest president Wendi Nicholson says the donation will assist programming throughout the year.
“It’s not like we make money,” says Nicholson. “The festival we’re here to create a fund to keep everything running throughout the year but having this extra money from Caesars, it’s going to put us over the top and really help out with a lot of programming and we can do more with it.”
Nicholson says the programming assists youths between the ages of 12 and 29.
“When you say youth most people think kids, under 18 well we have 12 to 29 year-olds and that’s what they’re gearing the youth to,” says Nicholson. “So it’s going through a wide array of people.”
Nicholson adds it was very important to receive the contribution from Caesars Windsor.
“It opens up other places of businesses to say hey, you know what Caesars is doing it we can help out too,” says Nicholson. “It doesn’t matter $100, $20 helps, every penny counts in helping to run any of our programming.”
Windsor-Essex pride says the programming provides safety, security and respects the dignity of all participants.
Caesars Windsor Cares has also been named presenting sponsor of this year’s Windsor-Essex Pride Fest.
Pride fest runs from August 2 to August 13.