PHOTOS, VIDEO: South Orange Elks Host 2nd Annual Pride Day Event

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From the South Orange Elks:

On Saturday, June 10, the South Orange Elks held their second annual Pride Event. The day, led primarily by members Vanessa LoBue and Preston Olson, began with a family-friendly bonanza, chock-full of activities for the kids and adults. In partnering with SOMa Families, the South Orange Elks welcomed members and guests of all ages to participate in a wide variety of Pride-themed events. There were two separate story times, one hosted by drag queen and performer Harmonica Sunbeam, and the second by local author Katy Tanis, who then led attendees in a beautiful art project where people painted paper plates to form a rainbow on a giant butterfly’s wings. Then, there were games, and a performance by 90s cover band Crystal Pepsi and the Zimas.

Later that evening the Elks hosted one of their┬ábombastic dance parties, with performances by several locals, including DJ Dirty Preston, Rob Lomblad, and James Friedman–and several more!

In all, the South Orange Elks raised $2,000 in donations for Essex County LGBTQIA+ organization The Rain Foundation, a group that helps find housing for questioning youths.

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