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|East Point Possums raise $5,000 for Rush Center|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|June 22, 2012 09:24|
The entire event raised more than $20,000, but Rick Westbrook of the East Point Possums said in an email that this year the group paid for expenses up front for a total of just over $15,000.
"With this being the 15th year, we decided it was time to stand on our own. We did not ask for any monies from the beneficiaries because we know that all grassroots are struggling," Westbrook said in an email. In the past, beneficiaries were asked to front money to help pay for expenses, he explained. This year, the Possums decided to bypass that tradition.
"It has always been important to us that the show remain free to everyone. Not everyone can afford the galas and benefits that happen in our great city. We want to make sure that anyone can come to the show, have a good time, celebrate Stonewall, and experience the magic that is the East Point Possums show" he added. "It is really hard to describe the energy that flows through that grassy little plain every third Saturday in June, you just have to experience it for yourself and then bring others along for the ride the next year."
Westbrook added the show brought in a total of $20,180 with expenses being just over $15,000, which means the Rush Center will receive a check for $5,000.
The Phillip Rush Center is a partnership between the The Health Initiative and Georgia Equality to provide a central gathering place for LGBT organizations.
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