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Greetings from Grand Strand PRIDE Grand Strand PRIDE welcomes the Coastal Business Guild (CBG) and all attendees of the 2017 Grand Strand PRIDE Business Expo and Gala. The organization celebrated it’s 10th anniversary on October 6, 2016 with a “First Friday Happy Hour” featuring a signature PRIDE cake. What started as a social event to celebrate the end of a work week once a month has evolved into the largest advocacy group for LGBT issues along the Grand Strand. On January 1, 2017, we became Grand Strand PRIDE - People Respecting Inclusion, Diversity & Equality to more clearly define our group. Business connections continue to be made through CBG and the “Lunch & Learn” educational series - the most successful and popular program of CBG. To a sellout crowd, CBG tackled the “Facts Company Leaders Need to Know about Transgender Issues” at the November Lunch & Learn. Stay tuned for cutting edge discussions at 2018 Lunch & Learns. Grand Strand PRIDE hosted “Grand Strand United with Orlando: A Day of Love and Kindness” on June 12, 2017 - the one year anniversary of the tragedy at Pulse in Orlando. A crowd of 200 people gathered at Pulse Ultra Club in remembrance of the Orlando victims, but the eerie silence in the club brought chills to those in attendance as 49 names were read and represented by a patron on stage holding a photo of each victim. Tom O’Dare of the Horry News wrote of how the real tragedy continues today because LGBT folks are still afraid of retribution because of who they love. He concluded with “Equality means just that. It doesn’t come in degrees.” This is a stark reminder of why Grand Strand PRIDE and the CBG was formed. We remain dedicated to continue our mission in the coming year. But for now, let’s just sit back and relax and enjoy our gala appropriately themed “LOVE.” Thank you for your contributions, participation, and continued support!

We love everyone of you,

Steve & Terry August 26, 2017


Saturday, August 26, 2017 4 pm

Coastal Business Guild Expo and Happy Hour

7 pm

Grand Strand PRIDE Gala Ballroom Doors Open

Welcome remarks

Terry Livingston, Co-founder

Dinner Introduction of Sponsors Expo Door Prize winners Acknowledgements

Spotlight Entertainment “Won’t Go Home Without You” 2017 Beach Music Top 40 hit by The Sea-Cruz Band


Keynote Address Jim Obergefell Plaintiff In The Landmark Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case Co-author of “Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality�

Musical Entertainment for your Dancing Pleasure The Sea-Cruz Band Enjoy a boat load of musical talent from Dino, Molly, and Butch as they perform the best of Oldies, Classic Rock, Disco and of course Carolina Beach music.


CoastalBusinessGuild.com Accountants – Certified Public *Gamble & Livingston CPAs, LLC Air Conditioning and Heating Services LHT Cooling, Heating & Refrigeration Inc. Artists Posaics: Art by Laura Van Arsdale William H. Miller Studios & Fine Art Attorneys *Grand Strand Law Group Banks Bank of America *Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union *TD Bank United Community Bank

Beauty and Hair Salons 18|8 Fine Men's Salon *Vega Hair Design Church / Spiritual Center St. Anne's Episcopal Church Unity Christ Church of Myrtle Beach Disc Jockeys and Wedding Officiants *DJ Butch Barnes Entertainment Myrtle Beach Pelicans The Theatre of the Republic Financial Advisors Waddell & Reed - Werner-Brooks Team Food and Beverage Better Brands, Inc. Martin's Restaurant Mr. Fish Restaurant & Seafood Market Pawleys Island Bakery Hotels and Vacations Rentals Holiday Inn Oceanfront Surfside Beach Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Insurance Safe Haven Insurance Group, LLC Jewelry Jared - The Galleria Of Jewelry


LGBT Organizations *CLAWS Democratic LGBT Committee *Grand Strand PRIDE *Palmetto Transgender Association *South Carolina Equality Metaphysical Labyrinth Walking Mortgages American Security Mortgage - Kate Richter American Security Mortgage - Michele Grzelak Residential Mortgage Corporation - Karen Kuczynski Music Stores Andy Owings Music Center Pharmacies *Avita Pharmacy Photographers Carl Kerridge Photography Printing and Graphic Design Services Printgraphix

Physicians and Medical *Careteam Plus *Little River Medical Center Regency Hospice Seaside Eye Associates *Strand Infectious Disease Night Clubs *Pulse Ultra Club Radio Stations Alpha Media - Myrtle Beach Radio Group iHeart Media - Myrtle Beach

Real Estate *Hoffman Group - Tim Harvey *Kirk Nobles – RE/MAX Southern Shores Real Estate Management / Property Management All County Southern Shores Property Management Atlantic Real Estate Management Schools – Business & Vocational *Grand Strand School of Bartending Wedding Consultants Your-First-Step Individual members *D. Jeffery Sligh Stefan Varner * Founding member


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2017 Grand Strand PRIDE Gala program book  

The official program book of the 2017 Grand Strand PRIDE Business Expo and Gala

2017 Grand Strand PRIDE Gala program book  

The official program book of the 2017 Grand Strand PRIDE Business Expo and Gala

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