Side By Side Annual Fundraiser August 1st

July 27, 2020
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To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Side by Side is shifting its annual Springtime fundraiser to a virtual 30-minute event on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. on Facebook. Originally scheduled for last May, the event was renamed to “Springtime in the Summer” and moved to an online format featuring an auction and organizational updates. Mosaic Catering is providing take-home meals – distributed with the help of local drag entertainer Natasha Carrington at the restaurant’s Cutshaw Avenue location – to support Side by Side.

Springtime in the Summer will honor the 2020 Catalyst Award honorees, a group of individuals and organizations recognized for their work to support LGBTQ+ youth in Central Virginia. Side by Side’s 2020 Catalyst recipients include:

  • Dr. Archana Pathak: Dr. Pathak helped launch VCU’s LGBTQ+ Studies minor program in 2019 and is the Interim Director of the Q-Collective, a new LGBTQ+ resource and scholarship center at the university. She also provided counsel and support for Side by Side’s racial equity policies and programming. 
  • Stonewall Sports Richmond: Stonewall Sports Richmond is a sports league for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. The nonprofit aims to create a social, safe and inclusive community where people are comfortable being themselves while taking part in fun sports and activities. Through fundraising and events focused on giving back, Stonewall Sports Richmond has raised more than $50,000 for LGBTQ+ nonprofits.
  • Ginter Park Baptist Church: Ginter Park Baptist Church is a LGBTQ+ affirming congregation located in Richmond’s Northside. The church regularly contributes to Side by Side’s meals program, an initiative that ensures youth have access to a healthy meal when they attend support groups.

Side by Side will launch an online auction on July 27 featuring a variety of items like a vacation home in Costa Rica, a basket of handblown ornaments designed by Patricia Breen and a collection of 30 fabulously fancy socks. The auction will close on Aug. 1 at 11 p.m. 

The organization is partnering with Mosaic Catering to provide take-home dinner packages for two on the day of the event. The customizable boxes include starters, entrees, sides, dessert and a bottle of wine, six-pack of Hardywood beer or Perrier for $100. Boxes can be purchased here. People can pickup their orders at Mosaic’s Museum District location at 3001 Cutshaw Ave. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 1. Local drag entertainer Natasha Carrington will pass out the take-home boxes. Proceeds from the dinners support Side by Side. The deadline to purchase is Tuesday, July 28.

“We know the last few months have been extremely tough for people as the pandemic continues and the region and nation grapples with violence against Black people and systemic racism,” said Side by Side executive director Ted Lewis. “We hope Springtime gives people a chance to come together virtually to find community during this time. We also know nonprofits are not immune to the virus’ impact on the economy. Side by Side needs the community’s help more than ever to continue our mission to support LGBTQ+ youth living in Virginia.”

Springtime in the Summer is presented by Altria. Other generous sponsors include Salomon & Ludwin Financial Consulting Group, Lewis Insurance Associates, Kroger, Weinstein Properties, McKay Wealth Management, Equality Virginia, Mosaic, and TVJerry.