This past weekend, the city of West Palm Beach held "Pride on the Block" on Clematis Street. Although the event started with rain, it ended with more than a pocket full of sunshine along with a rainbow.
“Having the opportunity to help organize such an amazing event leaves me honored and overwhelmed with love, said Adam Sessa, founder of the Haus Lounge, and one of the sponsors of the event. “When the community comes together, we can make powerful and big things happen. It was a wonderful time working with Transpire to raise funds towards amazing causes.”
Transpire Help is a non-profit organization established in 2016 to assist LGBT people who are committed to living free from drug addiction and/or alcoholism. They aspire to connect individuals to the care and resources necessary to create a solid foundation for a healthy and fulfilling life in recovery.
POTB was organized by a host of community members and local organizations. The sole purpose was to unite the City of West Palm through Pride, while raising money for Transpire Help. POTB was held on the 500 Block of Clematis Street, right by Respectable.
There were a little over 600 people that showed up for the party. The sidewalks were filled with vendors and organizations that were either allies or LGBT friendly. People were able to purchase artwork, holistic candles, and other cool goodies. Local shops and restaurants were also open for the public to shop and mingle.
Like the inaugural year, POTB had several events to keep the crowd entertained. One program in particular, “Speed Dating,” gave people the chance to mingle and talk about different issues regarding the LGBT community. It was hosted by Puppy Mills at Alchemy Juice and Co. The live entertainment was pretty stellar as well. The Matt Brown Band and Royce gave the crowd plenty to vibe out to. Around nine, the drag performances took over the stage. There were sizzling performances from Big Mama, Mary Jane Petrone, and Kataleya Davenport. Anita Buffett made the biggest statement of the night as she wowed the crowd with her drag performance art.
POTB was sponsored by Inspire Recovery, Sub-Culture Group, Hullabaloo, Mass, Dr. Limon Ceviche Bar, and the Haus Lounge, just to name a few. Guests were able to purchase a drink ticket for $20. The drink ticket meant that you could get a free drink at any of the nine locations.
All funds raised go directly to Transpire Help.
“Twenty-twenty, 1st Annual Pride On The Block was the last Fundraiser for Transpire Help before the COVID shutdown. The 2nd Annual Pride On The Block was our first fundraiser post-COVID. It was a hit,” says Donna Weinberger, CEO of Transpire Help. “We raised close to $10,000 in donations. The day felt wonderful and full of unity as the LGBTQ community came together to celebrate Pride 2021!”