Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America Chicago 2012 Inaugural Year A Huge Success!

Michael and I wish to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make this years inaugural Private LGBTQIA 
OUT IN THE PARK at Six Flags Great America Chicago
a GINOURMOUS success!!!

Michael and I connected with the executive team at Six Flags in May of this year, 2012, wanting to do something officially “BestGay” sanctioned and they were ecstatic because they had been wanting to do a Gay event on a much more massive scale than ever hailed before at the park and we were fortunate they felt our vision of what this
GAY event could become fit best with theirs.

Yet, this year almost never happened and we were talking about 2013 because we simply couldn’t find a Saturday in September of 2012 where they could accommodate us without upsetting their existing general admission schedule or without competing with previously scheduled Gay fund raising events within our community those Saturday September nights.

HUGE props to the executive team again at Six Flags for thinking outside the box and coming back to us and saying “We are willing to keep the park open after our official closing time of 9pm on Saturday September 8th if you think you could make
a 9pm to 1am party in the park a success.” 

That was all Michael and I needed to hear and we were off and running to make it happen with less than 7 weeks to the actual event day.

A HUGE heartfelt thanks to:

ALL of YOU that supported the event, came out, championed the hour of monsoon rain, and REALLY made it all happen (just hinting here-imagine, bring along simply ONE new friend next year and we can easily double our numbers-just saying).

HUGE Thank You to the executive team at Six Flags Great America Chicago, GLACEAU Vitamin Water, AbsolutelyChicagoSegwayTours, Halsted Pharmacy, RainbowPizza, Viaggio Italian Restaurants, and of course Ryan VanMeter, Bill Farrand  and TPAN’s entire staff and volunteers that helped make this inaugural year’s event a huge success generating nearly

$12,000 for TPAN (Test Positive Aware Network)! 

Also a big shout out to Matthew Harvat and Phil DaBeatz, our amazing hometown DJ’s, for giving us grooves to remember and dance to all night, despite soggy equipment at points and to GRAB Magazine, Chicago Pride.com, Boi Magazine and the L Stop for helping to spread the word to the entire LGBTQIA community

in such a short amount of time.


And so to make things easier to remember moving forward, OUT IN THE PARK Gay Day at Six Flags Great America Chicago will always be the

second (2nd) Saturday night every September for years to come.

So save the date for next year! 
Saturday, September 14th, 2013 for 6pm until 1am.

OUT IN THE PARK 2013 will be bigger, better, longer and even GAY-er and

continue to raise money for local charities! 

See you next September!

Derrick Sorles and Michael Snell

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