Winter PrideFest Sponsorship

The Event

Winter PrideFest is a multi-event weekend celebrating diversity and inclusivity of our LGBTQ+ community and allies through various winter activities, social gatherings, and inspiring events.

OUT Central Oregon was awarded a Marketing Grant from the Visit Bend Cultural Tourism Fund to help expand and promote Bend and Winter PrideFest 2020 as a visible and attractive LGBTQ+ winter vacation destination.


The schedule of events for Winter PrideFest 2020 currently includes:

Thursday to Sunday, January 30 – February 2

  • Alpine/Nordic skiing and snowshoeing at Mt. Bachelor

Thursday, January 30

Thursday, January 30

  • Welcoming Snocial at The Box Factory (Immersion Brewing). Meet with old and new friends, interact with our panelists, pick-up your lift tickets and neck tubes

Friday, January 31

  • WIGS…an Ice Breaker” nighttime ice skating at Seventh Mountain Resort. Grab a wig, put on some skates, and get out on the ice!

Saturday, February 1

  • On-mountain music all day provided by a DJ at West Village Lodge
  • Drag Tubing at Snowblast Tubing park
  • Après Ski celebration at Crater Lake Spirits in downtown Bend
  • “Hey Honey” evening dance party in Bend (location TBD)

Sunday, February 2

  • Sunday Brunch in Bend (location TBD)


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The Audience

We believe that inclusivity is inherent in participation and activity in sport.

Winter PrideFest, the Pacific Northwest’s first LGBTQ+ ski weekend, is an all-inclusive event – we invite everyone, including friends & families, to join us in celebration.

We market the event extensively through various Social Media outlets, including Instagram and targeted Facebook ads. Our reach specific to Winter PrideFest has expanded to over 80,000 individuals through these efforts.

In its first two years, Winter PrideFest has grown from 150 to 450 participants in 2019, two-thirds of whom were from outside of Bend, primarily Oregon, Washington, and Northern California.

We are anticipating over 700 participants in 2020.



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Why Sponsor?

Bend has a growing and thriving LGBTQ+ community.  Our vision in developing Winter PrideFest is to bring community together with local businesses and other organizations.

Bend is already recognized as one of the best outdoor towns in the nation. Winter PrideFest promotes and displays an inclusive sporting community and expands the local adventure and outdoor culture of Bend and Central Oregon.

Your participation in Winter PrideFest puts you at the epicenter of this unique and growing event.  It’s a wonderful means for your brand or organization to show leadership through support and local engagement.

We can all celebrate our diversity together, whether on the slopes of a mountain, or in our daily life.

Other Sponsorship opportunities

We are here to work with you to find a level of sponsorship that fits you and/or your organization best.

For example, consider sponsorship of a specific event of Winter PrideFest, such as a named sponsor for our Open Panel Discussion, Drag Tubing, On-mountain music, etc.

Or consider providing financial support for LGBTQ+ individuals who have “never-ever” skied or snowboarded to participate in Mt. Bachelor’s award-winning SKI OR RIDE IN 5SM learn-to-ski program.

Video OCO is developing a video promoting and highlighting WPF and Bend, OR as a welcoming and inclusive destination for the LGBTQ+ community to explore and enjoy outdoor recreation. This is a collaborative project with professional alpinist and film maker (as well as Protect Our Winters advocate) Graham Zimmerman, Visit Bend, Wyn Wiley (Pattie Gonia), and OCO.


Contact us to discuss sponsorship: 





About OUT Central Oregon

OUT Central Oregon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization in Bend, Oregon.  We promote inclusivity and visibility for LGBTQ+ people by enabling and fostering community engagement.  We work within the social, cultural, and economic landscape to develop events and activities to encourage community involvement by building partnerships with businesses, government, and other organizations to promote and support the LGBTQ+ community and allies.

OUT Central Oregon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (federal tax I.D.:38-4072596)

Contact Information:
OUT Central Oregon
Contact Name: Jamie Nesbitt, President, OUT Central Oregon
P. O. BOX 1204
Bend, Oregon 97709
Phone: 415.806.9392
Email Address: info@outcentraloregon.com; jamie@outcentraloregon.com

PrideFest Sponsors

Happy Pride! Thank you to all of our Winter Pridfest Sponsors.

Become a Sponsor
Visit Bend

Visit Bend

Thank you to Visit Bend for awarding OUTCentralOregon a grant to further develop and establish an LGBTQ Winter Pride Festival (February 2019)

Crater Lake Spirits

Crater Lake Spirits

  • Offical PrideFest Spirits Sponsor
Subaru of Bend

Subaru of Bend

  • Silver Sponsor
Umpqua Bank

Umpqua Bank

  • PrideFest Sponsor