We cannot express how much we appreciate our loyal sponsors. Their support shows true and strong for many years and we are dedicating this page to them. A creative way to show support or appreciation is sponsorship of a fundraising event. Many of you will recall that our annual Casino Night started as a casual homespun gathering but has over the years morphed into a lavish formal affair that is something of a local media event. Our sponsors include large and small merchants, as well as internet partners like Online-Casino-Party.co. They created an area of their website offering online slots US citizens can play that was designed specifically for our event, and additionally, all of the proceeds from their games labeled “recommended slots for US players” on their main site benefit our cause. We have over 50 booths each connected to the gorgeous website and participants will have access to all the games offered. A high stakes poker tournament begins at 7 and goes until there is a single winner. And side bets are encouraged! Anyone can bet on any of the players, and the house benefits from every bet. Volunteers are always welcome.
Our other successful fundraising program is our specialty store. Jewelry items tend to get the best response for this purpose for many excellent reasons. We’ve tried many different products, but once we discovered a wholesale supplier that gave us both discounts and designer styled jewelry, we realized how valuable these tokens can be, especially since we also get continuing feedback from those awarded these tokens. People love them. Pins, bracelets and other products from our favorite wholesale sterling silver jewelry store, seem to be most appreciated, since they are long lasting, gorgeous, and because we buy them wholesale, very affordable. We have started engraving names and award titles on some of the jewelry items to make them more connected to our projects. Other items can work, but giving credit on a searchable website is also meaningful for many businesses.
In a show of appreciation of the sterling silver tokens we have had several of our sponsors send us photographs of them wearing them. One photo really made me smile. It was a group of kids all wearing brightly colored Obermeyer kids ski wear posed on a ski slope with their parents who are members of GALLO Gay and Lesbian Latino Organization. The kid’s jackets featured geometric block prints and splashes of blue, red and green to look like action heros on the slopes. Thanks, we loved the pic!
More than a pin, or a word on a site, we thank our official sponsors here with kind words and positive outreach for all. Keep it up! We couldn’t thank you enough!
Time Warner Cable
Continental Airlines – The Official Airlines of the HGLFF
Ziggy’s Healthy Grill
SWAMP – Southwest Alternative Media Project
Women in Film & Television – www.wtfhoutson.org
Houston Film Commission
Human Rights Campaign
Silver Eagle Distributors
Finlandia – Vodka of Finland
Tuaca – Liquore Italiano
Australian Scent – Innovations in Soaps and Skin
glyp.com – Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages
Orbit Web Design
Terlingua – Texas Border Cafe
Houston Transgender Unity Committee
Gay and Lesbian Latino Organization
The LaDay Group
90.1 fm KPFT – Pacifica Houston Texas
OutSmart – Houston’s gay, lesbian, bi, trans magazine
We would also like to thank all of our readers. Without you none of this would be possible. We truly appreciate each one of you & hope that you enjoy our site as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. We are always watching for any important messages & we try to reply to all messages in an orderly fashion, usually the order they were received. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please fell free to reach out to us. Be assured that your message will reach the intended target & if possible we will get back to you at a convenient time. Once again, I ask that you remember, there are not enough hours in the day & we do have a lot of priorities. Please be patient if waiting for any response to a message that you sent us.