FERNDALE – In celebration of Pride Month, the Affirmations LGBTQ Community Center will host a six-hour livestreaming event called the Pride Telethon 2020 on Saturday, June 27, starting at noon. It will feature interviews with community members, activists and supporters, along with entertainment segments by local artists.
"It is truly an honor to bring together such an important group of people in celebration of Pride," said Dave Garcia, executive director of Affirmations. "This will be a wonderful opportunity for the community-at-large to learn more about the programs and services offered here at Affirmations and have some fun during these truly trying times."
What began as a single helpline program for LGBTQ resources and referrals some 31 years ago, has transformed into the region's largest community center that offers a wide array of support, social and human services located in the heart of downtown Ferndale.
"This telethon will help our organization raise awareness and needed funds to continue and expand the important work we have been doing for decades," said Cheryl Czach, board chair of Affirmations. "Given the current climate, and our pivot to address critical emerging needs of our LGBTQ+ citizens, we will use this event to connect those that can help us meet the needs of those we serve every day."