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Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations


Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations is a volunteer-run 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization dedicated to increasingly LGBTQ awareness and visibility within the Salinas Valley. Our organization seeks to unite people of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual identities in celebration of the diversity in these communities.

The Big Idea

Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations host an annual Pride celebration in Salinas. Countless studies have shown that large demonstrations of acceptance (such as school groups or organizations hosting city-wide Pride celebrations) help members of the LGBTQ+ community feel less isolated. Salinas Valley Pride is a grassroots effort and hopes to keep Pride celebrations admission-free. Salinas Pride at Toro Park includes activities for children, youth, and adults, acting as a space where LGBTQ+ residents and allies can gather and engage in a safe, fun, celebratory environment.

Salinas Valley Pride is a beautiful example of what a strong and creative community is capable of. Their last celebration at Toro Park blew me away—it was a beautiful showcase of who we are as queer and trans people and what we stand for. Salinas Valley Pride grows every year and I’m so excited to see what more is to come.

- Angélica Gonzales

We Did It, Together!

Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.