Kansas City Pagan Pride Day 2010

Kansas City held its 12th Annual Pagan Pride Day from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on August 28th, 2010 in Macken Park, North Kansas City, Missouri. 

The event coordinator, Autumnwolf, reports that the event was attended by about 300 individuals throughout the day.  The day was filled with charity drives, workshops, live entertainment, information booths and plenty of community.

The Pagan Pride Day event sponsored two charities this year: the Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City and the Harvesters food bank .  Steve Hardin, the Dream Factory’s Director of Community Relations, helped start the day by giving those attending a short presentation on the Dream Factory’s mission and some their many success stories.  Several fund-raising activities were held throughout the day to help raise money for this wonderful cuase.  The popular silent auction was able to raise $721 from items donated by individuals within the Pagan community.  $182 was collected by Embellished Body who set up a donation jar and face-painted most of the children and applied henna to a lot of the adults. A new activity called “Pie in the Eye” was added this year. Everyone was given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Pagan who would then receive a cream-filled pie in their face at the end of the day.  The “winners” were incredibly good sports and helped raise $22.  At the end, the KC Pagan Pride Day was able to present the Dream Factory a donation of $975.  Also in honor of the Fall Equinox, which is celebrated by many Pagans as their “Thanksgiving”, donations of food were collected and donated to the local Harvesters food bank.

Several free workshops were offered throughout the day. Salem from Tulsa, OK  lead a participation workshop on Astrology and a second workshop on Celtic Trees.  Salem’s wife Phebe also conducted a workshop on Cauldron Building.  Alfred Willowhawk from Lawrence, KS presented a workshop on Sacred Pathways – The Mirror To Your Soul.  Avatar De Danann of Shawnee, KS presented a discussion on the Fairie Path – The Magical Mind. 

Skewb and the KC Drum Tribe entertained the crowd for their second consecutive PPD and got the crowd dancing. The Peaty Bog Water Band, a new three-person band lead by Avatar, helped close out the event.  

Representatives from several local covens, the Heartland Spiritual Alliance, Ozark Avalon, and the Gaea Goddess Gathering festival established information booths and answered questions on events and activities in the area.

Several organizations and individuals helped sponsor this year’s Kansas City Pagan Pride Day event to help pay for the operating costs.  Platinum sponsors included the Heartland Spiritual Alliance, Candledark Internet Solutions and Autumnwolf.  Cyberpunk Computers was a Gold sponsor.  And the Jera Kenaz Lunae Coven, Angela and Neil Krout, Amethyst Dreams, Elohim Lushede Coven, and the Gaea Goddess Gathering were Silver Sponsors.

The Kansas City Pagan Pride Day is affiliated with the Pagan Pride Day Project  whose  primary purpose is advancement of religion and elimination of prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs.  In 2009, the Kansas City Pagan Pride Day officially became a Missouri Nonprofit Corporation and a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.  For more information, you can contact the Kansas City Pagan Pride Day coordinator at info@kcpaganpride.com and visit the web site at http://www.kcpaganpride.com

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