NASHVILLE PRIDE ANNOUNCES 2015 FESTIVAL DATES & NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Organization also celebrates “Best Festival” award from Toast of Music City & The Tennessean 

NASHVILLE, TN (OCTOBER 20, 2014) — Nashville Pride announced their 2015 festival dates today, just a few weeks after winning the Best Festival award from The Toast of Music City Awards and the Tennessean. 

After making a making the monumental move to Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville and expanding to a two-day festival in 2014, Nashville Pride proudly announces that the Nashville Pride Festival and Concert will take place, June 26-27, 2015.  The festival will remain the same location, at the steps of Metro Government at Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville. 

Festival Director, Jack Davis of JD Festivals and Events, said on the change of dates that, “We are excited to move the festival to the last weekend of June to help develop a month long Pride celebration throughout Nashville. Public Square Park was a fantastic new location in 2014 and the board has been working over the last several years to move away from CMA, Bonarroo, and Fathers Day weekend.  It was important for the board to remain at the foot steps of Nashville's City government.”

In early October, new members of the Nashville Pride Board of Directors were elected and will officially take office on November 1, 2014.  Nashville Pride’s newly appointed President, Claudia Huskey shared that the organization has “elected a fantastic board of diverse community leaders from across Nashville. There is a great mix of experienced PRIDE board members and fresh faces with new ideas. I am excited to work with an amazing team to build on the tremendous success of last summer's record-breaking PRIDE. Our all-volunteer board has some amazing ideas about how we will grow our Friends with Benefits supporter program and make the 2015 PRIDE the best ever.” 

With this election, Nashville Pride proudly promotes Joey Leslie, the former Public Relations and Marketing Director for the festival to President Elect.  Assuming the role vacated by Leslie, is Phil Cobucci, owner of East Nashville based BAM! Social Business, a digital marketing agency.  Matia Powell, a coordinator for Alignment Nashville has been appointed Secretary. While, Matthew Gann, a web manager for the Office of the Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents will assume the role of Treasurer. The Festival will continue to be be produced by Jack Davis of JD Festivals and Events, while Past President Joseph Woodson will continue to support the organization with expertise in leadership and direction.   

In addition to the executive board, Nashville Pride proudly announces the election of Ryan Ellis from the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, Jenn Cowherd from the Office of Tennessee Secretary of State, Jeff Yarbro from Nashville Law Firm, Bass, Berry & Sims, and Chris Hawk from Nashville based, Asurion. 

Rollover terms were also executed for Greg Bullard, Pastor of Covenant of the Cross Church, Lisa Howe from the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Debra Hyslop, a local music industry professional, MAC, owner of LGBT production house, MAC Productions, Kerrie Turney, education professional and Milton White, a Nashville based Fashion Stylist. 

In mid-September, The Nashville Pride Festival and Concert, was named by readers of the Tennessean, as Best Festival in the Toast of Music City Awards.  Accepting the honor on behalf of the organization, Past President, Joseph Woodson shared that, “2014 has been incredible for Nashville Pride Festival – we successfully expanded to an entire weekend of events with thousands more in attendance. All at a new location; allowing us to show our pride at our government’s front door.”  

Woodson continued, sharing that, “Nashville Pride is about spreading awareness of the challenges behind AND ahead of LGBT people and our allies; all while celebrating our community's successes, diversity, and numerous contributions to this great city. This year, one of those contributions was putting on the Best Festival in Nashville as a Toast of Music City award-winner.” 

With nearly 90,000 people voting in the awards, this award continues to show that Nashville Pride and its annual festival is accomplishing its goals – community awareness and unapologetic celebration. The organization is honored to accept this award and looks forward to planning an outstanding series of events over the next nine months, culminating with another memorable festival. 

Nashville Pride has already started making plans for the 2015 Nashville Pride Festival and Concert and will be announcing more exciting details in the very near future.  The organization strongly encourages community involvement and participation in board meetings which are open to the public.  Details on time, date and location are available on the organization website, nashvillepride.org

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The purpose of Nashville Pride is to maintain a sense of community and awareness of, about, and for gay lesbian bisexual transgender people and culture throughout Middle Tennessee.