PrideIndex “Esteem Rising” Fundraising Event at Sidetrack

(CHICAGO – March 1, 2010) The Esteem Awards has announced plans for their first fundraising event to support the 2010 Esteem Awards. Founded by Philip Esteem in May 2007, the Esteem Awards honors local and national organizations and individuals for their continued efforts in supporting the African-American LGBT community in the areas of entertainment, media, civil rights, business and art.

Dubbed “Esteem Rising”, the fundraising event will take place on Saturday, May 1st at Sidetrack Nightclub, 3349 North Halsted, from 4p – 7p in Chicago. The fundraiser aims to raise $2,500 or more to enable the Esteem Awards to continue to grow its Celebration of Honor which takes place during Chicago?s Annual Black Gay Pride Celebration.

The Esteem Rising event will also mark the announcement of the 2010 Esteem Award honorees, the launch of the new awards website, as well the date and venue of the 2010 Awards event. The fundraiser will help to raise not only funds, but further awareness of the awards and their significance in Chicago’s African-American LGBT community.

“ is pleased to partner with MadMan Productions this year in congratulating the extraordinary individuals and organizations that are currently under consideration to receive the 2010 Esteem Award,” said Phillip of “These organizations and individuals are outstanding examples of activism and service in their fields. They serve as role models and industry trailblazers for all and I look forward to announcing them in May,” he continued.

Past Esteem Award honorees have included:
Local – Andrew Davis of the Windy City Times, N’DIGO, GoGuide, South Side Health Association’s Luck Care Center, Amy Matheny of Windy City Queer Cast, Craig Loftis of Loftwerks Productions, Performers or Writers for Women on Women – POWWOW, Chris Brown of Chicago Department of Public Health, Alicia Ozier of Task Force Prevention & Community Services, For Ourselves Reworking Gender Expression – FORGE, Chicago History Museum for “Out at CHM”, and Monica Haslip of Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center

National – Actress/ Comedienne Wanda Sykes, The Washington Blade, NAACP, Lambda Legal, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Ray Cunningham for,, Da Doo Dirty Show, Traxx Atlanta, Traxx Girls, Writer/Producer Maurice Jamal, Gay City Health Project’s Gender Odyssey, Until There’s A Cure, and Jerry Boles Photography

For more information about the Esteem Rising fundraising event or the 2010 Esteem Awards, contact Philip Esteem 

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