PrideFest Plus One stands against sexual violence

Campaign raises over $2,500 for The Healing Center

Healing Center Director MaryAnn Clesceri speaks at the PrideFest 2016 opening ceremonies (Photo: Lee Matz, Milwaukee Independent)

Healing Center Manager MaryAnn Clesceri speaks at the PrideFest 2016 opening ceremonies (Photo: Lee Matz, Milwaukee Independent)

Thanks to generous PrideFest ticket holders, the Plus One campaign raised $2,528 for this year’s beneficiary, The Healing Center.

“This was an incredible opportunity for The Healing Center,” said Mary Ann Clesceri, manager of the Healing Center. “One hundred percent of the dollars raised will help us to continue to provide free services to survivors of sexual assault.”

“Through this partnership with Milwaukee Pride, we shared with the LGBTQ community that we are committed to providing a safe place for them to heal.”

The PrideFest Plus One campaign invites festival guests to donate a tax-deductible gift of $1 — or any dollar amount — at the box office to support an LGBTQ-supportive charitable cause.  Guests may donate at the online box office, onsite ticket windows, or via online giving.

Thanks to a generous donation from the employees of ManpowerGroup Elevate, this year’s campaign will make an even bigger impact.

“We’re proud to raise awareness about the outstanding work of the Healing Center,” said Jorna Taylor, Milwaukee Pride development director. “Every day, this organization is building a stronger, healthier, more resilient Milwaukee.  Every day, they are changing lives for the better.”

“PrideFest Plus One gives us a chance to not just celebrate the Healing Center’s impact, but engage and mobilize our community in advancing their mission.”

PlusOne_Survivors_v2This fall, Milwaukee Pride and the Healing Center will host Hope Plus One, a special presentation for anyone interested in learning more about the organization’s mission and impact.  Watch for an announcement soon!

What community cause is closest to your heart?  Milwaukee Pride, inc. is now accepting nominees for our 2017 PrideFest Plus One program.  For more information, email

Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Walker’s Point neighborhood, The Healing Center offers opportunities for sexual abuse and assault survivors, and their loved ones, to heal through support, advocacy and community education.  All services are provided free of charge.  Learn how you can support healing at The Healing Center website.