The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce WellCare Health Plans, Inc. as a “community” sponsor of Union County’s PRIDE weekend events Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16.

Hosted by Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Office of LGBTQ Service, this year’s PRIDE weekend events include:

The first Union County LIGHT UP THE NIGHT – TEEN PRIDE (the alternative prom) event for LGBTQ and ally high school youth (ages 16-19), presented in collaboration with the Union County Performing Arts Center, will be held on Friday, June 15 from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage located at 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway. Tickets are $25 each and are available online at ucpac.org.

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The 2018 Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. at Rahway River Park in Rahway. Admission is free to this inclusive celebration of family, equality, diversity and community. More info at ucnj.org/pride.

“The Freeholder Board is proud to partner with LGBTQ-ally businesses and organizations to provide an environment that promotes inclusion, acceptance, and celebrates individuality,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “We are thrilled to welcome back WellCare Health Plans as a top sponsor of the County’s PRIDE weekend events in support of the LGBTQ community.”

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses exclusively on providing government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. WellCare serves approximately 127,000 members in New Jersey and 4.3 million members nationwide as of March 31, 2018.

“WellCare is honored and excited to again be a part of the Union County’s PRIDE events,” said Clarissa Robles, Senior Community Relations Specialist for WellCare New Jersey. “WellCare is committed to helping its communities live better, healthier lives, and removing barriers to health, social and educational resources for everyone.”

“Recently, GLADD released their annual Accelerating Acceptance report noting that 2017 is the first time the report has shown a drop in general acceptance for LGBTQ people – consequences of divisive rhetoric and actions from the current administration in Washington,” said Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, liaison to the LGBTQ Ad Hock Committee. “The Freeholder Board is committed to countering attacks on the LGBTQ community with programs and services that support resilience, builds acceptance and defending the core American value that all people are created equal.”

The Union County Office of LGBTQ Services, under the Division of Outreach and Advocacy in the Department of Human Services, provides a platform for leadership and collaboration to support equality, and serves as a catalyst for advocacy, awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals. For more information about the Office of LGBTQ Services, contact Danni Newbury, Coordinator, at 908-527-4742 or dnewbury@ucnj.org.

For more information about Union County’s PRIDE weekend events, visit ucnj.org/Pride, or find the event pages at Facebook.com/CountyOfUnion, or call the Office of LGBTQ Services at 908-527-4742.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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