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Borderland Pride grateful for Moffat money

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Borderland Pride received a boost in funding for their annual festivities last year which helped greatly in hosting a variety of events throughout the community.

The Winnipeg Foundation's Moffat Family Fund is a charitable organization that donates to 12 communities outside of Winnipeg each year and Fort Frances received a total of $93,000.

Of the nearly 20 local organizations who recieved the $93,000 in funding, Borderland Pride landed $2,000 which went a long way for their annual Pride Week festival in 2019.

In a letter written Monday to the town's deputy clerk, Kathy Lawson, Borderland Pride co-chair, Douglas Judson thanked Fort Frances for its generous donation.

Through the Moffat Fund, private donors, and Borderland Pride's own fundraising efforts, the organization was able to host 20 official Pride Week events from late May to early June of 2019.

The 20 activities were centred in Fort Frances, although a number of unofficial events in celebration of Pride, LGBTQ2 diversity, and inclusion were also hosted in area schools, and by other organizations.

The 2019 festivities made up the second Pride celebration in Fort Frances' history.

Some of the highlights from the event were free concerts at the Rainy Lake Square, two drag performances, a special church service, awareness events focused on two-spirit identity and other social issues, a film screening, yoga and two arts and crafts events.

Hundreds of people took part in the “Passport to Pride” march through the Fort Frances-International Falls crossing and is the only Pride parade in the world that crosses an international border.

Almost all of the planned activities were free to attend and open to participants of all ages.

“We continue to be extremely proud of our festival's success and our community's participation and enthusiasm for Pride,” Judson wrote.

The town generally distributes Moffat Fund money in June and last year's applications were sent in during March.

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