Third Annual Pride Night a Home Run
On Saturday, August 4th, Citi Field roared with the energy of thousands of LGBT and allied fans as the New York Mets shut out the Atlanta Braves 3-0 at the 3rd Annual Pride Night.
“Nights like this go a long way to bringing more people together,” said LGBT Network President/CEO, David Kilmnick. “It sends a message to our young kids that they can grow up and be a pro-athlete and not have to hide who they are.”
The night’s festivities kicked-off early at ‘Pride in the Plaza’ with performances by ‘Broadway Sings for Pride’ and Emily Perry. A sea of rainbow flags pulsed to the music outside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda as fans of all ages were feeling the energy build.
Mets great Dwight “Doc” Gooden was at the LGBT Network tent signing autographs and taking photos with the lucky fans in attendance before charging the stadium for the pregame ceremony.
David Kilmnick was joined on-field by Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz, NYS Assemblymember Danny O’Donnell, NYS Assemblymember Michele Titus, NYS Assemblymember Christine Pellegrino, NYC Councilman Danny Dromm, NYC Coucilman Francisco Moya, Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman, Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, and Long Beach City Council President Anthony Eramo for a special pregame ceremony.
Following the opening ceremony American Idol star Kimberley Locke’s gave a breathtaking performance of the National Anthem as fans in the outfield unfurled an enormous rainbow flag setting the tone for the night.
The Mets logo and the famous Coca-Cola sign were decked out in rainbow as the Mets took the field en route to a 3-0 victory.
Proceeds from the night went to support the LGBT Network’s anti-bullying efforts in Long Island and New York City Schools.