Eastman to sponsor TriPride Festival in September

Johnson City Press • Updated Aug 6, 2018 at 5:10 PM

TriPrideTN festival organizers on Monday announced Eastman as one of the major partners supporting the inaugural TriPride Parade and Festival set for Sept. 15 at Founder’s Park. 

“As a global company, we recognize the importance of promoting inclusion and authenticity within the company’s culture, and we appreciate the thought and approach TriPride leadership has taken to plan the Festival. We look forward to being a part of the day’s activities,” Eastman Director of Global Public and Community Affairs CeeGee McCord said in a news release. 

TriPrideTN President Kenn Lyon said the support of Eastman and other business partners has been an integral part of organizing the organization’s inaugural LGBTQ pride festival. 

“Alongside many other companies from across the Tri-Cities region and beyond, TriPride is very grateful for the support we’ve received from individuals, businesses and industry. Having Eastman as one of our major supporters for the 2018 festival is a demonstration of their leadership in our region,” Lyon said. 

With the festival a little over a month from now, organizers say they hope to inspire residents in the Tri-Cities region to feel pride in their community and create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome.

The event will feature a parade as well as an afternoon festival of live music, food vendors, kids’ events, an art competition and much more.

“Diversity is much more than what meets the eye,” McCord said. “Through embracing diversity of thought, ideas and perspectives, we have the opportunity to continue to grow a thriving economy in a region where collaboration and creativity are valued. We believe this will help open doors not only today, but also for future generations in our region.”

For more information, to make a donation or to become a sponsor, see the organization’s website at www.TriPrideTN.org or follow the group on Facebook.

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