Brighton Bear Weekend launch 2017 fundraising programme

Brighton Bear Weekend (BBW), who run the biggest annual bear event on the South Coast announced this years’ fundraising plans and launched official merchandise for 2017 at the Camelford Arms last night (March 25).

BBW volunteers were on hand selling wristbands (£5) for the BBW weekend from June 15-18 as well as BBW T-shirts (£12) and BBW polo shirts (£15) both carrying this years’ new logo designed by Tony Elias. All merchandise can be purchased from Prowler in St James Street who do not take any commission on sales they make.

Graham Munday

Graham Munday

Graham Munday, Chair of BBW, said: “Our main fundraiser this year will once again be the Brighton Bear Weekend from June 15-18 where we will once again be raising money for the Rainbow Fund.”

The Rainbow Fund make grants to local LGBT/HIV organisations who provide effective front line services to LGBT+ people in the city.

The next BBW fundraiser is Showtune Bear-a-oke with Chris Hibbert and Jon Bee upstairs at Bar Broadway from 5-8pm on Sunday, April 2 followed by with the Fireside Session downstairs with Wain Douglas at 8.30pm.

Over Easter they will be staging two further fundraising events. The annual Easter Quiz at the Camelford Arms on Thursday, April 13 starts at 9pm, with £300 cash on offer to the winners. Get there early to secure a table -better still book a table in advance by calling 01273 622386 and enjoy dinner before the quiz. Questions will be set by Matt Brooks from BBW and Dale Drury from the Camelford, will be on mic duty.

Finally for all those naughty bears out there The Underbears Easter Special on Sunday 16, will start at 9 pm until late. Entry is £3 for members and £5 for non-members with 50% of the door takings going to The Rainbow Fund. Break out your Easter finest and join in the parade of men in jocks, boxers, briefs, trunks, thongs and probably much, much less. Free vodka jellies will help you get you in the mood.

Photos by Matt Brooks.

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