Garden State Equality raised over $100,000 during 10th annual walk
Last week, Garden State Equality held its 10th Annual Equality Walk Weekend. The proceeds exceeded its fundraising goal of $100,000. In addition to locations in Atlantic City, Montclair, and Asbury Park, this year’s Equality Walk Weekend expanded to a fourth and new location in Trenton.
Over 1,000 walkers came out to support Garden State Equality across the four cities. It has traditionally been GSE’s largest grassroots fundraiser of the year. “In our tenth year hosting the Equality Walk, the passion New Jerseyans have for LGBTQ equality shows no signs of slowing down,” said Christian Fuscarino, executive director of Garden State Equality.
“From the steps of the statehouse to the Atlantic City boardwalk and down the streets of Asbury Park and Montclair, Garden State Equality members across the state showed their force this weekend and reaffirmed their commitment to equality,” said Michael Spadoro, Equality Walk Director. “With over a thousand New Jerseyans marching alongside pro-equality elected officials this weekend, this year’s Equality Walk was our biggest and best yet.”
Public officials attended each Equality Walk, offering their support to Garden State Equality and its initiatives, including Governor Jim McGreevy, Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Roy Freiman, Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, MVC Commissioner Sue Fulton, Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, and Mayor Robert Jackson in addition to numerous county and municipal officials.
All of the funds raised for the Equality Walk Weekend support Garden State Equality’s community programs for building safe schools, expanding affirming healthcare, and protecting older adults. In addition, the funds will support work to advance pro-equality policies. Garden State Equality has announced an ambitious legislative agenda for 2020 to ban the gay and trans “panic defense,” reform New Jersey’s archaic HIV criminalization laws, secure statewide funding for homeless LGBTQ youth, and pass a bill of rights for LGBTQ older adults.
The success of this year’s Equality Walk Weekend was bolstered by generous sponsorships from pro-equality companies throughout New Jersey.
Silver Sponsor ($10,000+)
Bronze Sponsors ($5,000+)
1906, Asbury Park Brewery, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Casino Redevelopment Authority, Enterprise, Lyft, New Jersey Natural Gas, Nissan, RentAsburyPark.com, Sackman Realty, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, VNACJ’s LGBTQ Center for Health & Wellness