In 2012, the move to Main Street for our Pride Festival heralded a new era of growth and exposure for the LGBT Community in South Carolina. This change lead to a giant leap in attendance, from 8000 the previous year to more than 15,000.
Since, SC Pride has only grown in great numbers, surpassing expectations each year. In 2016, we had more than 55,000 attendees at our parade and festival. We remain the longest running Pride event in South Carolina (now in our 28th year) and one of the largest festivals in Columbia, our state’s capital.
SC Pride provides rich marketing and branding opportunities for businesses. Sponsor levels begin at $500 and benefits vary based on the level of contribution. Sponsorship dollars go directly into the general operating budget for the South Carolina Pride Movement. Your organization can help us reach greater heights while exposing you to a very strong demographic of supporters who truly rally around those who support them. Visibility among LGBT in our state can only help strengthen your outreach.
2017 awaits us and we are looking forward to greater expansion for the organization, but also branching out with new developments within the organization to further the education and advocacy for the community.
We are seeking corporate sponsors to help advance not only our reach, but yours as well. Including LGBT diversity in your community outreach is invaluable to your organization, as studies and polls show support of LGBT individuals and rights is on the rise in America.
SC Pride Movement is a varied organization. As we have since its inception, we support and sponsor the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center, which offers a variety of resources including meeting spaces for LGBT-supportive groups like Youth OUTLoud, YEAH! and more. We also give to many statewide LGBT organizations in the way of sponsorship, donations and support. And of course, we’ll still have our fabulous parties and fund-raisers throughout the year, designed to be open to everyone, no matter their creed, orientation or religion! But the strength of our organization comes from strong ties to the community and its organizations.
We invite you to become a part of the SC Pride 2017, and help show South Carolina just what it means to have Pride in our State!