OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo 2019

- see photos from 2019 Expo below

October 19, 2019 12:30-4:30pm
at Eureka Valley Recreation Center 100 Collingwood St.


What people said about OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo 2019:

Natalie Y.:

Paul and OurTownSF team, thank you for having Community Initiatives. We were so happy to meet so many people and organizations leaving this world a better place than they found it. Thank you for the hospitality and for the wonderful gathering!

Nate B. from The Academy:

Met so many amazing people and organizations today! Congrats Paul Margolis on creating a wonderful space to build community.

Okan S. from The LGBT Asylum Project – Center for Immigrant Protection:

Thank you OurTownSF for a phenomenal LGBTQ+ Nonprofit Expo! We had a great time connecting with volunteers, nonprofit supporters, and other organizations. Can’t wait for next year!

press release

On October 19th, the 4th Annual OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo, the largest LGBTQ resource fair ever in San Francisco, will take place at Eureka Valley Recreation Center. It’s a great chance to get to know and connect with Bay Area resource groups as a new client, volunteer, or donor.

The OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo, which brings together arts, community, fundraising, health, legal, political, recovery, service & spiritual groups serving the LGBTQ community is FREE to attend! Enjoy food served by Bare Chest Calendar Team 2020, entertainment including the Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band and operatic drag chanteuse Vanessa Bousay , a blessing by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and a chance to win a dozen fabulous door prizes. Head upstairs to play in the new gaming room hosted by Queer Gaming Day of SF, East Bay Gaymers and Geeks, and Oakland LGBTQ Community Center Gaymers. 

ALERT! This event is always super gay - and fabulous. 

This year’s Expo features decorations by Comfort and Joy, a photo booth, a magician, dog adoptions by Family Dog Rescue & Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a huge silent auction, and a panel from the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. There’s also an opportunity to register to vote, apply for Covered California or Medicare, or have a quick medical check-up by a chiropractor, podiatrist, dentist, and dermatologist. HIV and Hep-C testing will also be available. 

Book signings will take place in the lobby by Cleve Jones, author of When We Rise: My Life in the Movement; 2017 Lambda Literary Award Winner, Anand Vedawala, Executive Director of SF Zine Fest; Toni Newman, best-selling author of her memoir I Rise -The Transformation of Toni Newman; and Jim Provenzano, the author of six novels including Lambda Literary Award Winner (Gay Romance) Now I'm Here and Every Time I Think of You.

Join the fun at 100 Collingwood St. from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. The OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo is hosted by OurTownSF, Eureka Valley Recreation Center, and TurnOut.


DETAIL: NEW in 2019:

*NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt 
*Health area for dental check-up, dermatology, podiatry, chiropractic, fitness, Gainswave and SculpSure services 
*Art Saves Lives - art by local artists
*Entertainment: SWAG - the vocal ensemble,  The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band
* A Queer Gaming Day will take place upstairs facilitated by Queer Gaming Day of SF 
and East Bay Gaymers and Geeks

*One, Two, Smile! Photo Booth - have your photo taken weather or not you choose to wear one of their props.  A 4x6 high quality photo is printed immediately + emailed to you. 

1/ Spine Exams & Injury Consultations by SF Spine Pain Relief Ctr
2/ Oral Exams by UCSF School of Dentistry - Gender & Sexual Diversity in Dentistry
3/ Personal Trainer Consultations by David Ames of DRAFitness
4/ Skin Checks by Dermatology Center of San Francisco
5/ Castro Podiatry - Wayne Rash DPM
6/ Gainswave and SculpSure services: Golden Gate Urology
7/ HIV testing courtesy of St. James Infirmary
8/ Hepatitis-C testing by San Francisco Hep-C Task Force

Dog Adoptions: Family Dog Rescue, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
Videography: Archive Productions
Patrol: Castro Community on Patrol
Voter Registration: Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
Health Insurance Assistance: SF Community Health Center 
Covered California & Medicare coverage assistance by Dr. Linda Wright 

The Chaga Company will serve the highest antioxidant chaga mushroom teas, chocolate and snacks.

Book Signing:
1/ Cleve Jones, author of "When We Rise: My Life in the Movement" - 2017 Lambda Literary Award Winner
2/ Anand Vedawala - Executive Director of SF Zine Fest.  He publishes zines about relationships, identity, cultural expectations, racism and queerphobia
3/ Toni Newman - best selling author of her memoir I Rise -The Transformation of Toni Newman. The memoir has been featured in Ebony and Advocate magazines, and nominated for the prestigious Lambda Literary award
4/ Jim Provenzano -  is the author of 6 novels including  'Now I'm Here,' the Lambda Literary Award winner (Gay Romance) & 'Every Time I Think of You,'

Documentary table: Through the Windows - about Twin Peaks Tavern, the bar that changed the face of the gay community in the 70's by opening its windows

Major Sponsor: Bon Apetit Management Company, Golden Gate Business Association, Uber

Media Sponsor: MXD Magazine, SF Bay Times

Sponsor: AT&T, Blackbird, CVS Pharmacy, Dermatology Center of SF, Dignity San Francisco, Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network, Gilead, Golden Gate Urology, Horizons Foundation, The Logo Show, Maitri Compassionate Care, Mark D. McHale-Vanguard Properties, Metropolitan Community Church, NorCal Cannabis, Positive Being, Rainbow Grocery, Reproductive Science Center, Shanti, St. James Infirmary, UCSF AHHA & Anchor Studies, Until There's a Cure, Walgreens, Wallbeds 'n More

Community Sponsor: The Academy, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Archive Productions, Blackbird, Blowbuddies, Cliff's Variety, Product 54, Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation, Steamworks, Super Duper Burger