In three weeks, RISE Wrestling will host Pride & Joy, which will coincide with Chicago Pride Parade. The main event will feature Cassandro El Exotico and The Latina Sensation, Mercedes Martinez.
Recently, the Chicago-based women’s promotion announced all proceeds from RISE t-shirts sales this month and a percentage of the sales from the live stream of the event will be donated to Center on Halsted.
According to their press release, “PRIDE & JOY is about many things to all of us at RISE, our company, our talent, and our fans. Above all else, it is about making an event filled with love, centered in inclusion and to make a positive impact in the Professional Wrestling and LGBTQ Communities.
We knew at the onset of PRIDE & JOY that part of the event would be to raise funds for an organization with a profound footprint in the LGBTQ Community. We considered many options, nonprofit organizations global, national and local. We have elected to stay local to our home base community, and we will be raising funds and awareness for Center on Halsted, right here in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood.
Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day.”
The community center offers a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQ individuals. They also provide recreational activities, vocational training, HIV testing, and group therapy. The facility also hosts events and gives operational support to smaller non-profit organizations.
This is a wonderful idea for a show. It’s great to see RISE take the mission statement even further and contribute to such a worthy cause.
For more information on Center on Halsted, feel free to visit their website centeronhalstead.org.
Pride & Joy will take place on Jun. 30 after the Chicago Pride Parade at 5 pm. The event will stream live on Fite.tv.