Co-Sponsoring Folsom Street Fair, Closing Party With Proceeds to Benefit Charities

SAN FRANCISCO — is co-sponsoring the Folsom Street Fair taking place Sept. 26 and its closing party.

The Deviants party takes place Sept. 26 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and will be held at 525 Harrison St.

“The Folsom Street Fair is part of the reason I moved to San Francisco to start,” founder Peter Acworth said. “It is truly an honor to be associated with the Folsom team and to be able to help contribute to all the worthy causes they support. We look forward to a wonderful event and to accomplishing great things as we join together for a little social deviance and to work towards a greater good.”

Last year, more than $330,000 in proceeds from the Folsom Street Fair was donated to various organizations.

“We have a vision of hope and health for everyone, as we work to provide comfort and relief to those affected by AIDS,” said Gina Gatta, co-chair for The National AIDS Me-morial Grove. “And the effort and contributions by companies like in support of the great Folsom Street Fair truly help us achieve our goals to provide and maintain the important and special location the Memorial Grove has grown into. We are so grateful to everyone for making this dream a reality.”

This year’s 11 major beneficiaries include: Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, Central City Hospitality House, Dimensions Clinic, Dolores Street Community Services, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Project Inform, Project Open Hand, Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Shanti and Visual Aid.

This year’s five supporting beneficiaries include AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Healing Waters, National AIDS Memorial Grove, Frameline and Triangle Martial Arts Association.

“We appreciate the time, effort and contribution everyone involved making to this year’s event,” said Demetri Moshoyannis, executive director for Folsom Street Events. “San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits are being hit extremely hard by the fledging economy. Many of them are suffering severe cutbacks in local, state, and federal government fund-ing. Folsom Street Events along with help from companies like are having a positive impact and helping to fill many of these funding gaps.”