PRIDE IN THE PARK UPDATE, COVID-19
To our Pride Community,
The Eugene Pride Board appreciates your patience as you have waited for more information about the status of the 2020 Pride in the Park event. We have reviewed the newest information regarding COVID-19 from the State of Oregon and as of May 7th, the decision about the event is out of our hands. While Oregon has begun the process of reopening sectors of public life, the state has issued a mandate that large gatherings (over 25 people) are prohibited through at least September (or until the state has access to a COVID-19 vaccine or treatment plan.) As such, the Pride in the Park event that was scheduled for August 8, 2020 will not be held.
We are disappointed not to be able to gather in person for a time of celebration and remembrance for our community. We are also grateful to our leaders for putting the health and safety of our state first. Our community has always been focused on supporting and uplifting one another through our gathering and celebrations; however, this year we must support one another by reducing the risk.
We know that Pride has never been an event, but rather a movement that is bigger than any one day. However, we also know that Pride events are one of the main ways in which we connect and engage with each other and our community resources. It is where most of our fundraising that supports the work of the Pride Board and Pride Scholarship happens. To that end, the Pride Board and Planning Team is committed to creating opportunities to do Pride in safe, low-contact ways - opportunities for our community to connect, to celebrate, to educate, to organize, to support. More details will be rolled out in the upcoming weeks.
If you have already signed up as a Vendor or Sponsor, you will be contacted to discuss your options. We need your help to support future Pride activities and opportunities; please use this link to donate, if you are able. We thank you for your continued support and wish you a safe and happy day!
EUGENE-SPRINGFIELD PRIDE BOARD
Bill Sullivan, President
Vincent Mays, Vice-President
Tim Matteson, Treasurer
D Ann Williams, Vendor Coordinator and Member-At-Large
Brooks McLain, Sponsor Coordinator and Member-At-Large
Marlie Heberling, Marketing Coordinator and Member-At-Large
Nathan Boozer, Entertainment Coordinator and Member-At-Large