SF Pride 2004 Update

Just wanted to follow-up with an update for Bay Area Vegetarians booth at SF Pride 2004 held last weekend. First, thanks again — without your support, this would not have been possible.

We had another awesome experience this year. Every year, our effort gets better in terms of its appeal and organization! (Really, it is all marketing; we are trying to ‘sell’ veganism.) You can see photos of our booth set-up and pictures of Pride overall in our photo gallery.

A couple of highlights of BAV at Pride 2004:
– On Saturday, a couple who visited our booth in 2003 as carnivores, returned in 2004 as vegans, thanks to information that they got from us .. ( stories like this just reinforces how important our outreach is)

– Thanks to our leafleting crew, we distributed 4 boxes of Why Vegan booklets (300 leaflets per box). That is 1200 potential vegetarians/vegans from Why Vegans alone! (We handed out a slew of other info, see the photo gallery link above)

We want to take a few moments to acknowledge & thank our donors and volunteers who made this possible! Donors that enabled us to purchase booth space at Pride: Karen, Michelle, Warren Jones, Nicole & Regina, Linda Phillips, Paul, Loretta, Bob Gotch, Priya Rath, Mat Thomas, Nancy Orr, Thava, George Gibbs, & Carla Din. We are also grateful to support from Sun Flour Baking for providing 600+ yummy vegan cookie samples for visitors. Donna’s Tamales also pitched in, with the ‘vegan’ stickers that we happily gave out to vegans who visited us. Thank you!

Volunteers: Tammy & Chris were the ‘anchors’ on both Saturday and Sunday; they did the set-up, tabled during the day, and did the takedown at the end. They also had lots of help!! On Saturday, they were joined by Priya, Val, George, Amy; leafleting: Brenda, Emily, Robin & her friend; for Sunday, Mat, Nicole, Warren, Carla, and Johanna; leafleting: Jen, Lisa & Warren. Thank you!!

We also want to give special thanks to Nicole and Priya for their help with the literature. PCRM, PETA, and Vegan Outreach were also very generous in providing literature.

There is always the risk when doing Thank You’s of forgetting someone, so if we have, please let us know. Additionally, we’d love to hear feedback from folks who volunteered that day — what were your impressions or thoughts? Do you have ideas to make our efforts even more effective? And, keep in mind, we are always looking for other good tabling opportunities…… especially free ones 🙂

We would like to thank you all for your individual contributions AND for joining us in making a difference. Every piece of literature we handed out at Pride planted a seed for compassion and good health, to all parts of the world, as we had visitors from Santa Cruz to San Francisco to Sacramento to South Africa to South Korea.

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