Affirming the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two-spirited people, and their supporters in the Catawba Valley region of North Carolina

Catawba Valley Pride 2014

bannerSaturday, Sep 20, 2014 – Noon-6pm
2014′s scaled down event to be held at Stanford Park (Highland Recreation Center)


Vendor spots are available on a first-come-first-serve basis
For-Profit Vendors: $25
Non-Profits: Free

For-Profit Vendors may pay using Paypal using the button below (Be sure to fill out the application above, also).

Or…send check to CVPride, PO Box 3551, Hickory, NC 28603

Volunteers and Board Members are always needed.

VOLUNTEERS: Fill out an application and send to
Catawba Valley Pride
PO Box 3551
Hickory, NC 28603


Catawba Valley Pride 2014 Scholarship Winners

Catawba Valley Pride is pleased to announce the scholarship winners for 2014. Jorge Bautista Hernandez of Newton NC and Jordan Terry Canterbury of Hickory NC and have each been awarded a $500.00 scholarship from Catawba Valley Pride.
Jorge and Jordan both come from diverse but different backgrounds and have been active academically, with varied public/non-profit organizations as well as other extracurricular activities. Jordan will be attending Appalachian State University studying secondary English education and secondary Mathematics education and Jorge will be attending Appalachian State University studying marketing with a minor in Spanish.

This scholarship is awarded to a Catawba, Burke, Caldwell, Alexander, Iredell or Lincoln County resident and must be either a student who is LGBT or a straight ally. The applicant must demonstrate service to the LGBT community or a desire to serve the LGBT community. The applicant must also be a high school senior.

As Jordan beautifully states in his essay…

In my small school of under 400 students, I am one of very few LGBT students. Because of this, I have always felt very afraid to be completely honest with my classmates about who I am; the fear of rejection and hatred has consumed me for years. Because of my experiences throughout high school, I have grown beyond that fear, and now I am completely and assuredly comfortable with myself. Now that I love myself, I know it is time for me to share the love with everyone around me , in a never ending effort to bring an era of love and acceptance to the world.

Jorge boldly states…

I have found it so liberating to stop letting other’s opinion’s and judgments guide my life and to start setting goals and fulfilling them as well as my aspirations to guide my life. I attribute much of my attitude and perspective on life to my mother and teachers as well as through observing situations in life where successful people are being themselves and being happy in their careers and profession.

It is Catawba Valley Pride’s hope that these individuals will use this scholarship to continue their education while putting a spotlight on “equality!” Catawba Valley Pride is proud to be giving these students the ability to follow their career path of choice as well as supporting them in their freedom to be who they truly are.

Catawba Valley Pride Scholarship

CVPride is accepting scholarship applications
for 2015 graduating high school seniors.


Click above for details.

Gaston Pride

September 12-14
Gaston County Pride

Bring the family out to Stanford Park/Highland Recreation Center for the 2014 Catawba Valley Pride Celebration.

Though this year’s event is scaled down, there will be Food, Vendors, Musical Entertainment and Fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket, chairs and have a picnic from Noon to 6pm. Hatch Sandwich Bar will have food available for purchase.

More details will follow as we get closer to the event.

Location: 1451 8th Street NE Dr, Hickory, NC 28601


Join Queenie Gabor and the BVDs for “Wizard of Oz Bingo” a fundraiser supporting ALFA – Advancing Life Fighting AIDS

Thank you to HGFitness and Club La Rumba De Cache for sponsoring and hosting this great fundraiser for ALFA’s AIDS Education and Client Services.

Call ALFA (828) 322-1447 to purchase tickets (credit card). Tickets also available at Taste Full Beans in Downtown Hickory and at Club La Rumba (cash only).

$20 per ticket gets you the game sheets (6 cards per sheet & 8 sheets for 8 games); winner gets a prize basket (usually over $100 value). There is a 9th 50/50 cash game that is an extra $5 if you choose to participate.

Not Your Mama’s Bingo – Wizard of Oz Bingo is an official 2014 Catawba Valley Pride event.

Catawba Valley Pride, Inc.                       PO Box 3551, Hickory, NC 28603