Lakewood Brewing Company is new title sponsor for Dallas Pride parade

Officials with Dallas Pride, Dallas Tavern Guild and with Lakewood Brewing Company have announced that Lakewood Brewing has joined this year’s Dallas Pride celebration as title sponsor for the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, set for Sept. 17.

Jeremiah Wallis, vice president of sales for Lakewood Brewing, said his company is “extremely thankful to have the opportunity to partner on this message of equality and [we] thank the community for all they have done. Whether it’s pint nights at Cedar Springs Tap House, ‘Loving Great Beer Together’ events at TMC: The Mining Company or dance-offs [for charity at the Round-Up Saloon], we’ve felt welcomed as partners.”

Wim Bens, founder and president of Lakewood Brewing, added, “At Lakewood Brewing, we want to show our support to a community that has taken care of us since day one.”

When asked about the announcement, Dallas Tavern Guild Executive Director Michael Doughman said, “I and the entire Tavern Guild are very excited about this new partnership.”

In a press release making the announcement, a company spokesman described Lakewood Brewing as “a huge philanthropic advocate,” adding that the company “takes pride in supporting and celebrating the diversity of the DFW community,” as evidenced by its slogan, “For whichever neighborhood you call home.”

According to the press release, many local non-profit organizations benefit from LBC’s support throughout the year, including Brewing Good give-back events held every Sunday afternoon in the Taproom.

The Lakewood Brewing Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade takes place this year on the third Sunday in September, as usual, beginning at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Cedar Springs Road and Wycliff Avenue. Where in past years the parade has turned down Turtle Creek Boulevard to end at Lee Park or, in the last few years, at Reverchon Park for the Festival in the Park, this year the parade ends at Turtle Creek. The festival which has traditionally followed the parade this year will be an all-day event held on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The festival this year will be focused on musical entertainment, with names of performers schedyuled for the two stages to be announced as details are finalized. The fenced-in festival will feature many local vendors, including featured beers from Lakewood Brewing Company. The Teen Pride event has this year been combined with the Festival in the Park, instead of being a separate event, and the popular Family Pride Zone returns as well.

Admission for the festival is $10 per person, free for children 12 years and under. For complete details on the festival, the parade and other 2017 Pride events, visit DallasPride.org.

 

—  Tammye Nash

Doughman: Berryman has returned missing funds

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Dallas Tavern Guild Executive Director Michael Doughman released a statement today indicating that the guild’s former assistant director, David Berryman, has returned the full amount he has admitted taking from the Tavern Guild’s accounts.

Here is Doughman’s statement in full:

“We are pleased to announce that the entire amount of money taken from the Dallas Tavern Guild has been returned and we will be able to finish out the 2016 year as originally planned. We appreciate that David Berryman did the right thing and stepped up to accept his mistake and has made every effort to rectify that situation. We look forward to putting this all behind us and moving forward with a new, stronger structure for managing our finances and maintaining a better oversight to avoid the possibility of this ever occurring again.

“I also want to extend a very special thank-you to all of our partners, sponsors, members and beneficiary agencies for staying firmly in support of our mission, our transparency and our commitment to the future. Many within that group have commended us for handling the situation with forethought, calm maturity and a steady focus to come to the best resolution for all parties.

“We want to assure our community that the Dallas Tavern Guild will continue to create the best possible events and promote the best image of our organization. We thank you for your patience as we work through this and we pledge to do better in the future.”

—  Tammye Nash

MISSING: Family, friends searching for Anthony Gurley, missing since Sept. 18

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Anthony “Miss Celie” Gurley has been missing since Sept. 18.

Family and friends of Anthony Gurley — aka “Miss Celie” — have asked that anyone with information regarding his whereabouts contact family members or Dallas police.

According to reports, Gurley’s sister saw him on Sunday, Sept. 18, as he left his home in Anna, Texas to drive to Dallas for the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. That was the last time anyone saw or spoke with him.

Anyone who has any information on Gurley’s whereabouts is asked to call 214-901-3976 or 214-310-2541, or to call Dallas Police Department’s missing persons unit at 214-671-4268.

—  Tammye Nash

MARCELO MEDIA PHOTOS: 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade (#4)

Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #4 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).

—  Tammye Nash

MARCELO MEDIA PHOTOS: 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade (#5)

Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #5.

—  Tammye Nash

DVtv: Pride on parade in Dallas

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Brad Pritchett and the DVtv crew hit the streets of Oak Lawn Sunday, Sept. 18, to see, participate in and talk about the 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and the Festival in Reverchon Park.

Watch all the fun here:

—  Tammye Nash

MARCELO MEDIA PHOTOS: 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade (#3)

Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #3 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).

—  Tammye Nash

MARCELO MEDIA PHOTOS: 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade (#2)

Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #2 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).

—  Tammye Nash

MARCELO MEDIA PHOTOS: Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade 2016 (#1)

What’s that you say? You want to see MORE photos from the 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade? Well, we don’t want to disappoint our readers! So here you go: Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #1 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).

—  Tammye Nash

UPDATE: Protester pepper-sprays gay man outside bar, group returns Saturday to protest Teen Pride

 

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Tyler’s eyes were swollen and sore after an anti-gay protester pepper-sprayed him outside a gay nightclub Friday night.

A protester believed to be with a group called Dallas For God Christian Outreach assaulted a Dallas man with pepper spray outside BJ’s NXS on Friday night, Sept. 16, and the same group — including the woman who allegedly committed the Friday night assault — rallied outside Oak Lawn United Methodist Church Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17, against the Teen Pride event.

The man who was assaulted, who identified himself as Tyler, said he and a friend were leaving the bar at 3215 Fitzhugh Ave., when they were confronted by the protesters. “We started conversing with them, and while the shorter black guy was in my face, [a woman] pepper-sprayed me.”

Tyler said that he called police, who issued a citation to the woman. He also said that he was able to easily identify the woman in photos provided by Jeremy Liebbe, head of security for Dallas Pride.

Liebbe said the same group, including the pepper-spray incident suspect, was outside the Teen Pride event Saturday, and identified them as being part of the Dallas For God Christian Outreach.

According to a Facebook page for Dallas For God, the minister of the group is Clarence Davis II, and says that Davis is minister of Full Gospel Holy Temple in Dallas.

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The protester on right was ticketed for a pepper spray attack in front of BJs. Hate crime charges are being investigated.

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Dallas Pride security chief Jeremy Liebbe said that a woman who allegedly assaulted a man outside a gay bar on Friday night is part of the Dallas For God Christian Outreach group, which also showed up Saturday afternoon at Oak Lawn UMC to protest outside the Teen Pride event. The group is led by Clarence Davis II.

 

—  Tammye Nash