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March 15, 2013

Women’s Pride in the Pines: A History (Women’s History Month Feature)

Joi Cardwell & Linda Gottlieb
Today’s blog post is from Linda Gottlieb, founder of the popular annual event Women’s Pride in the Pines. Linda will be honored at this year’s event for her generous support of LGBT organizations. To learn more about Women’s Pride in the Pines and to buy tickets, visit SAGE's events page.

March is Women’s History Month and in honor, the SAGE Blog will feature relevant LGBT aging stories every Friday. Read last week’s post about an older transgender female living with HIV or scroll to the bottom of the page.

For many years, I supported charities in the Pines, and always noticed that the attendance was usually predominately male.  As a longtime supporter of several LGBT organizations, I always valued giving back to the community and wanted to do more than just write a check.   I decided the time was right to produce a women’s event in the Pines that would benefit several charities.  

The first Women’s Pride in the Pines (June 2011) benefited the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.   The afternoon began with a tea dance at Sip & Twirl followed by an intimate VIP dinner at my home on the Bay. Women’s Pride in the Pines 2011 was a huge success!  Over 200 women infiltrated the Pines in the requisite “white” attire. Women came from Cherry Grove, The Hamptons, Florida, Washington DC, and New Jersey.  I was mesmerized. 

Sadly, there was a terrible fire in the winter of 2012 and Sip & Twirl was destroyed. From the overwhelming success of WPP 2011, it was clear that my home would not accommodate the sold out VIP dinner.  Women’s Pride in the Pines 2012 was moved to the Pines Community Center.  It was the perfect venue to accommodate the tea dance and VIP dinner.  The event was once again a huge success.  

SAGE was the beneficiary of WPP 2012. More than 400 women attended the tea dance and 140 women—and let’s not forget men—attended the sold out VIP dinner. It was a wonderful evening and everyone encouraged me to make this an annual event.

I am extremely proud to state that in 2012, Women’s Pride in the Pines raised $54,000!

I am thrilled that Women's Pride in the Pines 2013 will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013! Thank you all for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at this most fabulous event!


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