McKINNEY — April 15, 2015 – The North Texas Pride Foundation announced American Idol finalist and former McKinney resident, Hollie Cavanagh, will headline the entertainment lineup for the Fifth Annual North Texas Pride Festival on Sunday, June 14 from 1-5 p.m. in historic downtown McKinney (218 E. Louisiana St). The annual family fun festival will also feature special guest, Jane McGarry, of Channel 8 News (WFAA-TV) in front of a backdrop of games, dancing, celebrity impersonators, photobooths, and plenty of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender-friendly corporations, community organizations and non-profits.
The annual event launched in June 2011 as a way to bring LGBTQ citizens in the suburbs together for one big event as well as promote inclusivity between straight allies and the growing LGBTQ community in conservative North Texas. The experience is a family-friendly alternative to Dallas Pride.
This year’s festival will shine a light on domestic violence and will benefit Collin County’s Hope’s Door. “We are delighted to partner with Collin County’s Hope’s Door, an organization that offers comprehensive domestic violence resources and services,” said Matthew Bado, President of North Texas Pride Foundation. “Domestic violence does not discriminate regardless of sexuality, gender, income bracket or skin color and this year’s festival will address the unique needs of the LGBT community.”
“We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of the North Texas Gay Pride Festival. It allows us to educate and engage the community and reach victims who may be experiencing intimate partner domestic violence. Hope’s Door is here to help all survivors of domestic violence,” says Suzanne Bock Grishman, Interim Executive Director at Hope’s Door. “We as a community can make a difference by sending the message that this behavior is unacceptable and supporting survivors to know that they are not alone.”
Tickets go on sale for $5 at www.northtexaspride.org on May 1. Tickets are $10 per person at the gates. Children 12 and under are free.
Food and beverage will be available for purchase from Mellow Mushroom and Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are open until May 15. More information can be found at northtexaspride.org.
About North Texas Pride Foundation:
The North Texas Pride Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit entity, organizes the North Texas Pride Festival, a family friendly celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning community in the North Texas ‘burbs. Now in its fifth year, we bring together citizens, corporations, small businesses, municipalities and non-profits to unify support for the LGBT community while getting acquainted with new friends in a welcoming environment. The mission of Foundation is to advocate unity, equality and community integration for LGBTQ and straight allies through forums and events that promote pride and self-acceptance, education and awareness, specifically serving the community North of LBJ/635.
About Hope’s Door:
Since 1986, Hope’s Door has offered safety, shelter, healing, and hope to individuals and families affected by domestic violence. Our services are designed to help everyone in a family who is affected – from victim to abuser. All services to survivors are free of charge and strictly confidential.
About Hollie Cavanaugh:
Hollie Cavanagh was born July 5, 1993 and is a Singer/Songwriter from Liverpool, England. In 2001 Hollie and her family moved from Liverpool to McKinney, TX when Hollie was only 8 years old. When Hollie was in middle school she entered a school talent show with a friend, it was then she discovered she could sing. Many years later when Hollie was 17, and a junior in High School, she drove to Austin, TX to audition for American Idol. That year Hollie progressed up until the Top 40 were she was unfortunately cut. American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez left Hollie with some encouraging words, “come back in a few years and you could win the whole thing … you are that talented.”
The next year Hollie returned to audition for American Idol Season 11 and was a Top 4 finalist. Hollie was praised by judges for her diva-like voice and quickly became a fan favorite in the competition. After the competition Hollie and the other idols embarked on a 50 city tour, additionally on May 26, 2012, the Mayor of McKinney, TX proclaimed this day as “Hollie Cavanagh Day”. Hollie was given a key to the city along with her own street “Hollie Cavanagh Way.”
Hollie currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and is busy writing and recording her own music as well as pursuing an acting career with Integrity Talent Agency.
North Texas Pride Foundation Press Release