Some words on this year’s Bites for Rights from Development and Communications Coordinator, Joe LeBlanc
This is my third year coordinating our annual Bites for Rights event. And I have to say: Phew! What a day! It included 8 stops in 13 hours, with so many social media posts from folks online, and shares on the Basic Rights Facebook page. Delicious equality and social media went through the roof!
Thank you to everyone who dined, drank, nibbled, and partook of the various spots all over Oregon. Thank you to all of the businesses and community orgs and individuals who participated – ones who are in year in, year out and those who are first time joiners. Thank you to everyone for your selfies, your hashtags, your shares, your likes. Thank you for supporting those who support our work at Basic Rights. Thank you for supporting us in all the ways that you do on #BFR2014 day, and on any random day.
This year we had the most participating businesses across Oregon – no small feat as Bites for Rights is the biggest dining out food event in Oregon each year. And from all of the buzz that we’ve heard and witnessed online, this year’s event was such a great success for folks dining out and having fun with social media and photos. We cannot thank you enough.
Please know that this list of #BFR2014 participating locations stays on the Basic Rights website all year. We recommend these places on #BFR day, and ALL year long. So if you didn’t get to try one on Bites for Rights day, add them to your rotation or travels across Oregon where you can. Also be sure to let them know when you visit, why you are patronizing their establishment. It’s not just about businesses supporting us on just one day of the year, but ongoing. It’s important for businesses all across Oregon to come out as a supporter, and we love those who continue to support us through campaigns and all of our work – knowing that it’s not about one victory, or one issue.
Our Prize Winners from our Social Media Contest
We were so excited to have prizes for our Social Media Contest from Salt & Straw Ice Cream! We received photos all day and we shared those with our audience, with the two photos with the most likes and shares as our winners.
Salt & Straw Ice Cream Party Kit
Way to party!
This Salt & Straw Scoop Kit will serve up to 40 guests. The kit includes 2 gallons of ice cream (your choice of their Classic Flavors!) and all the fixings. They will provide you with vintage coolers, dry ice to keep it all cold, mini chalkboard signs for flavor names…and, don’t forget the cups, cones, spoons and napkins too!
Our second prize winner of our 2014 Bites for Rights social media contest is Skye McKay and Grey Magauran who visited Mint/820 for #BFR2014.
Monthly Flavor Tour!
This gift certificate will treat you to one Tasting Flight at Salt & Straw, every month for a whole year. That’s 5 kid scoops in a row, in one seating! Try their Seasonal flavors, or maybe you’d like the Classics–it’s your call. Enjoy!
Thank you so much to everyone who visited a participating spot, shared it with us via social media, and for all who worked at the various spots for#BFR2014. We appreciate all of you so much, and cannot do our work for LGBT equality without you! Mark your calendars for #BFR2015 – happening on Thursday, June 18!