The retail industry has been impacted in much the same ways the event industry has through the pandemic, as stores shuttered and sales plummeted amidst an economic downturn. To say it’s been a rough few months for the retail sponsors who support Phoenix Pride is an understatement.
That’s why it’s important, now more than ever, to prop up the brands that have supported Pride for so long. And continue to, even in tough times.
Castle Megastore, an adult store with multiple locations in the Phoenix area and beyond, has supported Phoenix Pride for more than a decade. As an organization, Castle Megastore hires LGBTQ+ community members and supports the work Pride does to shine a light on LGBTQ+ issues.
Hensley Beverage, a mainstay at Phoenix Pride events for more than 25 years, also supports our organization’s charitable and education platforms. And, it supports our aligned organizations which offer services to the LGBTQ+ community and promote equality.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka has supported Phoenix Pride since 2016, sponsoring menu features at local establishments that benefit our organization, offering special promotions and raising funds and awareness. And, it’s philanthropic arm —Love, Tito’s — shares a similar goal with Phoenix Pride to engage, support and empower the LGBTQ+ community.
Without retail sponsors, such as these, Phoenix Pride would struggle to offer the types of events we do for our community. Sponsors, providing funding or in-kind support, keep our wheels turning.
We need them. And, right now, they need us. The best way to keep our wheels turning is to support our sponsors in ways that keep theirs turning, too.