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Pacific Center News - 04/04/2023

Dear folx, 🌷 Happy April! 🌷 Having just passed the Spring Equinox, spring is surely springing all around us–even though the rains have yet to entirely stop for the season. The California Poppies are out in profusion across the Bay Area, and I find the burst of nearly day-glo orange to be a welcome sight against the recent gray. We want to take a moment to extend our warmest greetings to everyone celebrating holidays this season: 🌙 To our Muslim friends and family, we wish you a blessed and peaceful Ramadan. 🍷 To our Jewish friends and family, we wish you a happy Passover filled with joy and renewal. ✝️ To our Christian friends and family, we wish you a happy Easter filled with love and hope. 🌼 To our Pagan friends and family, we wish you a belated joyous Spring Equinox and blessed Ostara. 🌾 To our Sikh friends and family, we wish you a blessed Vaisakhi. Pacific Center Golden Dreams 50th Anniversary Gala This month, we're thrilled to share with you that tickets for Pacific Center's Golden Dreams Gala and after-party are now available! 🎉 This year's momentous event in celebration of 50 years of Pacific Center services promises to be an unforgettable evening of entertainment, celebration, and community on June 3, 2023. The event features Sister Tilda NexTime as MC, the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus and So Lauren as musical entertainment, and much more! Don’t wait: buy your ticket now! By attending, you'll be supporting our mission to provide essential mental health services and support services to the LGBTQIA+ community in the Bay Area. Purchase the VIP add-on if you want to attend the private, VIP only, pre-gala mixer that evening, get access to the swanky VIP seating area (which includes bottle service), and get a super sweet gift bag! Also, do you want to be a team captain? Team Captain status means you’re committing to purchasing–or selling–a packet of four VIP tickets, totaling $1260. Bring your party out for a night they’re sure to remember! Drop a note to our event coordinator, Sharon Knight, for more information, and to hear about your special VIP perks. And, there are only six VIP sets of four tickets available, so contact Sharon ASAP! (FYI: The gala is being held in an outdoor space, in order to be as covid safe as possible.) Tickets for the Golden Dreams Gala are available at the rate of $250 - $215 each, depending on the number of tickets purchased. For the lower price, bring your friends! VIP add-on is +$100. And remember; every dollar over event cost goes toward delivery of Pacific Center’s life-saving services to our community. Our after-party is being hosted in partnership with the ever fabulous and quickly growing Que Rico Night Club. This part of the event will include a stage show on their amazing outdoor stage, and the opportunity to dance into the wee hours. This is our first partnership with Que Rico and we want to give a shout out to Valentino and his ever-supportive and helpful crew. Thanks, Que Rico, for your partnership! Tickets for the after-party are available on a sliding scale of $25 - $50. (After-party attendance is included in gala ticket sales and sponsorships.) For those of you who are interested in supporting our mission at a higher level, we have sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsor our gala now, and get all the goodies. A small number of volunteers is also needed for the event. If you want to help with the event or after-party, please contact Sharon. First come, first served. Legacy Planning and Pacific Center In our 50th year, we’re planning for Pacific Center’s long term stability. To this end, we’d love to talk with you about your legacy planning. Pacific Center has been here for our community for 50 years! Let’s make sure Pacific Center is able to continue delivering life-saving services for another 50, and beyond. Meet with me, and let’s discuss your priorities. Contracting a Project Manager for Our Summer Move On another note, we want to let our community know that we're currently hiring a contractor as Project Manager for our move. We're seeking a skilled and experienced project manager to facilitate and oversee the move, which will take place in July/August of 2023. Please visit our website for more information if you're interested, or if you know someone who might be. Thank You! Thank you, as always, for being a vital part of the Pacific Center community. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the gala! (If not sooner.) Warmly, Lasara Firefox Allen, MSW Executive Director Pacific Center for Human Growth P.S. We can't stress enough how important it is to get your tickets for the Golden Dreams Gala as soon as possible! This is an event you won't want to miss, so make sure to secure your spot and join us for an incredible evening of fun, and support the mental health of the Bay Area LGBTQIA+ community at the same time. Thank you! P.P.S. In our 50th year, we are planning for Pacific Center’s long term stability. Help us to do so, while you plan for the impact of your legacy.Did you know that there are various forms legacy gifts can take, such as bequests, retirement plans, or life insurance policies? And, there are tax benefits at every bracket of gift. (You’ll need to talk to your tax consultant for the details of your tax plan, but as a 501(c)(3), any size donation to Pacific Center is tax deductible. Planning your legacy? Make Pacific Center part of it! Meet with me, and let’s discuss your priorities.

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