25th Anniversary Host Committee

Dear Friend

Our goal for our 25th Anniversary milestone is to raise over $40,000 to ensure we can continue supporting LGBTQ elders of color in any and every way we can, especially during this turbulent time. We need you this year more than ever. The well-being of our community and the GRIOT elders is foremost as we continue to offer members a rich array of innovative virtual programs, daily supportive services, and calls, as well as nutrition and special needs assistance. These programs and services have been the lifeline to lessen isolation and nurture health and hope for our members.

Since founded 25 years ago, GRIOT (Gay Reunion In Our Time) has been dedicated to serving the critical needs of LGBTQ elders of color. In the spirit of our founders, we are honoring individuals who have given visibility and leadership to our communities through their work, words, and actions. The honorees this year are truly of and by our communities – speaking out in many extraordinary ways against injustices and racism and for a world of dignity and equity for all across a diversity of disciplines.

To become a host committee, please send an email to Laura@griotcircle.org

We are asking Host Committee Members to do the following:

1) make a special 25th Anniversary gift to GRIOT in lieu of sponsorship if possible – see levels below.

2) secure at least 2 -3 friends/colleagues to “attend” the virtual event and make a contribution if possible (we are not requiring that folks give in order to attend the virtual event and we hope that they will feel inspired to do so)

3) spread the word to your network and include your name on the invitation and website.

As a host, you will be supporting and honoring the elders and ancestors who have blazed a path for us and continue to be an important part of our communities. This event is one of our largest means of broad support each year. Please let us know by June 1st, 2021, if you agree to be on the Host Committee so we can begin to list you on our event materials.

Attached below are the giving levels in place of ticket prices and sponsorship levels from past years. We are happy to answer any questions you have. We look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards,

Jose Albino, Aundaray Guess for the GRIOT team

Sponsorship Levels

* $10,000- Advocate

Top listing on the website event page; listing on event social media; special recognition during virtual event and event slideshow. Opportunity to honor an elder.

  • $5,000 – Champion
  • Name on event webpage; listing on event social media; special recognition during virtual event and event slideshow. Opportunity to honor an elder.
  • $2,500 – Supporter
  • Name on event webpage; listing on event social media; acknowledgement in virtual event slideshow. Opportunity to honor an elder.
  • $1,000 Community Builder
  • Name on event webpage; listing on event social media; acknowledgement in virtual event slideshow.
  • $500 Visionary
  • Name listed on website event page, listing on event social media.
  • $250 GRIOT
  • Name on event webpage.

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