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SOAP presents first check on City debt
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SOAP presents first check on City debt

by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Seattle Out and Proud (SOAP), the local non-profit organization that produces Seattle's annual Pride Parade, presented their first check to Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels in the form of a giant novelty check presentation and media event at the Seattle Center House on August 31.

The purpose of the event was, according to the Mayor's office, "to recognize the good faith effort on behalf of SOAP and the City of Seattle to resolve the organization's outstanding debt related to a two-day Pride festival held at Seattle Center in 2006."

The mayor accepted the check with a smile and gave a few brief comments, afterwards posing for pictures with Jon Mejia, a SOAP board member, and Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams.

SOAP wanted to thank and acknowledge Mayor Nickels for his many years of dedicated service to the city and for being a longtime ally of the LGBT community.

The recent settlement with the city called for SOAP to pay a total of $85,000 in annual installments, beginning this year, every September 1 until the debt was paid off. The agreement is that if SOAP pays on schedule, the city would waive all interest charges. This relieves SOAP of more than $40,000 in interest penalties.

Seattle Center Communications Director Deborah Daoust told SGN, "We're really pleased that SOAP and the City Law Department have reached a resolution. & There was goodwill on both sides to reach a solution that works for everybody."

SOAP's purpose is to "Coordinate and promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride events in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, which celebrate the present, envision the future, and honor the past."

More information about SOAP can be found on their website at www.seattlepride.org.

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picture: L2R Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams, Mayor Nickels, Jon Mejia, Adam Rosencrantz
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