Bridgestone Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company, will again serve as presenting sponsor of the Nashville Pride Festival. In its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, Bridgestone has sponsored this important local event for more than 10 years, and is the presenting sponsor for the fifth consecutive year in 2018.
“At Bridgestone, we have an ongoing commitment to furthering and promoting diversity in this great city that we call home,” said Christine Karbowiak, Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President for Bridgestone Americas. “Inclusion is a key driver of socioeconomic success. We want to bring diverse viewpoints and backgrounds together in an effort to make our organization – and our city – a better place for all.”
This year’s Pride Festival will take place on Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, at Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville. Bridgestone employees will lead the Nashville Pride Equality Walk, kicking off Saturday’s festival at 10 a.m. Additionally, Bridgestone Tower, the company’s new corporate headquarters building, will be illuminated with pride colors throughout the weekend celebrations.
“Nashville PRIDE is excited to have a community partner like Bridgestone Americas as presenting sponsor for over five years now – a period of time that our event has seen intense growth and support,” said Phil Cobucci, President Emeritus at Nashville PRIDE. “The purpose of Nashville PRIDE is to maintain a sense of community for LGBTQ people and culture throughout Middle Tennessee, which aligns with Bridgestone’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in its own organization and our community.”
The Nashville Pride Festival is Tennessee’s largest festival celebrating and increasing awareness for the equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people and families. More than 20,000 attendees joined the event in 2017.
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