Saturday, December 13, 2008

Send a Message to Business Leaders Who Support Anti-LGBT Ballot Measures

  • Alan Stock, the CEO of Cinemark Theaters, wants to have his "Milk" and drink it to speak.

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    Cinemark owns all but one of the theaters in Tucson showing the critically acclaimed movie "Milk," which opened Friday.

    I have a real problem with the fact that Mr. Stock personally donated $9,999.99 in support of Proposition 8, while his company is set to make millions from a film about Harvey Milk, one of the true heroes of the LGBT civil rights movement.

    This is why I am writing to ask for your help. We need to send a message to Mr. Stock and other business leaders.

    They can't financially support bigotry and homophobia and then expect to profit from our community and our history.

    What better way to do this than to raise $9,999.99 in support of Wingspan's work in the coming year, while sending a message directly to Mr. Stock that this money was raised because of his support for anti-LGBT ballot measures.

    If you make an online donation of $9.99 or more, Wingspan will mail a postcard to the CEO of Cinemark Theaters, stating that a donation was made to Wingspan in his name.

    Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, your donation is worth twice as much!

    Our anonymous donor will match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to $4,999.99. Please help us maximize this opportunity to support YOUR community and YOUR center by making a donation online today!

    Additionally, please choose to patronize the Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 when you see "Milk." It is the only theater showing the film in the Tucson area that is not owned by Cinemark.

    On behalf of Wingspan's incredible board staff and volunteers, I want to thank you for your support in 2008. I look forward to serving you and our community in 2009.

    Happy Holidays!

    Jason Cianciotto's signature - small

    Jason Cianciotto
    Executive Director

    P.S. Help us send a message to business leaders who financially support the anti-LGBT industry. Please give what you can today using the Google Checkout donate button on our website

    P.P.S. Did you know that WIngspan is a qualifying charity for Arizona's Working Poor Tax Credit (ARS-1088)? With this credit, single filers can get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit of up to $200 for tax year 2008. Married couples filing jointly may get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit of up to $400. This credit has restrictions based upon past charitable contributions. Please be sure to check with a tax professional to confirm your personal eligibility.

    P.P.P.S. As you finish your holiday shopping, please buy local and support your community businesses. The Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce has a comprehensive list of community-owned businesses that support equality.

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