Filling the Stands on Pride Night

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Raised by 1,008 people in 20 months
Eireann Michael Dolan  SAN FRANCISCO, CA
My name is Eireann Dolan. My boyfriend is Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle. We would like to fill the stands on Oakland Athletics LGBT Pride Night on 6/17. 

When the Oakland Athletics first announced that they planned on holding their very first LGBT Pride Night, I was disheartened to see a handful of responses on social media from people who, for whatever reason, do not support this night of inclusion and community. A few people even expressed an interest in selling their tickets to that game. 

That's why I wrote this; an offer to the fans who wished to sell their tickets. I told them that Sean and I would purchase their tickets at face value and donate them to the Bay Area's local Our Space LGBTQI Community Center for teens and young adults

We didn't want to see anyone at the game who feels uncomfortable being there, but we also didn't want those tickets to go to waste. It seemed like a win-win solution. 

Since posting that, Sean and I have gotten an overwhelming response. For every one negative comment about Pride Night, we've gotten dozens of positive comments of support. 

Many people offered to donate their own tickets to Our Space, and others offered to donate money to purchase more tickets. 

That gave us another idea: we wanted to start a GoFundMe to raise more funds to purchase as many tickets as we can to Athletics LGBT Pride Night and give them all to Our Space. We want to show these teens and young adults so desperately in need of community that they have one right here in the Oakland Athletics.

Sean and I will personally match donations up to $3000. Let's all work together to raise $6000 and fill the stands at the O.Co on 6/17.

Anything above $6000 will be donated equally to Our Space, AIDS Project East Bay, and Frameline

Thank you in advance for your generosity. The Athletics community has been so welcoming to Sean and me since Sean was called up to play in 2012. We may be a small market team, but we have a community that comes together in a big market way. 

And if you are interested in purchasing tickets to this game, you can buy them here.
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Update 3
Posted by Eireann Dolan
20 months ago
I've said it before, but I can't thank you all enough for donating and supporting this cause. It brings tears to this emotionally-crippled Irish girl's eyes every time I see the dollar amount go up!

Meanwhile, in Indiana (...is my least favorite way to start a sentence) a small pizza chain has pre-emptively told potential LGBT customers that they will not be filling orders for any pizzas ordered for any "gay weddings" (or as I like to call them, just "weddings"). There wasn't exactly a line out the door at this pizza place hoping to get some sweet wedding pizza, but the pizza place wanted to let them know ahead of time their plans to turn them away.

Oh well. A silly statement from a state with a silly new law.

Unfortunately, as a show of support, The Blaze has raised over $150,000 for this pizza place: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/memories-pizza-indiana-crowdfunding-campaign

We have raised over $25,000 (again, I tear up just seeing that number! Thank you so much!) as a show of our support. I know we can't beat $150,000 for some bad pizza, but we can at least try. And this is a great start.

This means so much to me and even more to these kids and young adults at Our Space who will be the beneficiaries of your generosity.

Just as a reminder of who you're helping; many of these teens and young adults at Our Space are people who don't have a home, and often that's as a result of them coming out to their families. They need a sense of community and family more than anybody. That's why Pride Night is important. I want to show them that no matter their own personal situation, they ALWAYS have a family and a community among Oakland Athletics fans.

Thank you all again. And to everybody in Indiana who feels like they might not be welcome there? Sean and I have a seat waiting for you right here at the Oakland Coliseum on 6/17.
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Update 2
Posted by Eireann Dolan
20 months ago
As of 21 hours into raising money, we've hit our target of $6000. And this is all before Sean and I even had a chance to match the donations! Thank you so much everybody, there are going to be a lot of smiling faces at the O.Co on 6/17.
I've raised the amount to $10k and I hope we can make it there. The A's have already opened up THREE new seating sections (up from just one) for Pride Night to let even more people in on the fun!
Can't wait to see you all there and thank you again.
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Update 1
Posted by Eireann Dolan
20 months ago
In three short hours, A's fans have raised over $3000. Sean and I are absolutely floored by everybody's generosity. Thank you so much.
I am going to leave the page open so people can continue to donate. Why stop at $6000? Anything beyond the tickets needed will go directly to Our Space LGBTQI Community Center for teens and young adults, AIDS Project East Bay, and Frameline.
Thank you all so much. We are honored to match your donations.
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Sharon Sikkelee
20 months ago
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This is absolutely amazing. Your MOMS have to be so proud of you! Thank you.

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Craig Quirolo
20 months ago
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thanks

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Rachel Hatch
20 months ago
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Hey Eireann! I had the good fortune of meeting you briefly at the annual root beer float day this past year. My family and I chatted with you for a couple minutes about how we had just took a picture with Sean and how we met Sean's mom and family in New York when we went to the A's v. Mets game. You were so friendly and welcoming and served us AMAZING root beer floats! And now to hear that you are doing this, I'm absolutely elated and privileged to have met you, even for such a brief moment in time. It makes me so proud to be an A's fan knowing we have people like you and Sean backing us LGBT people up. Thank you so much =,]

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Nancy Levine
20 months ago
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Can't wait to give Eireann and Sean a big, loud, standing ovation that night at O.co! Thank you for being bright lights in this world!

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Morgan Ciani
20 months ago
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Erieann and Sean you are amazing. What a great way to make a difference and create resonance. We thank you!

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Rhyno Stinchfield
20 months ago
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As a 60 year old straight guy (well except for that one time I may have touched tongues with my drunken best friend years ago) AND a Red Sox fan (that's me wearing the Bosox hat) I want to thank you for taking a stand on this and including everyone. How can you lose, sitting at a ballpark with a bunch of cheering gay people. Now that's going to be a party! For one game I say "Go A's" Ok, that's enough.

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Bonnie Meyer
20 months ago
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Thank you for helping to create space where it is safe to be yourself.

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Laura Lafakis
20 months ago
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I don't know you, but you are AWESOME. Thank you!!!!!

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Jennifer Johnson
20 months ago
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Love this so much!

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Gayle Neville
20 months ago
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Eireann and Sean, YOU ROCK!!! Thanks for taking a stand for inclusion!!!

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Sarah Cortell Vandersypen
20 months ago
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You are amazing! Thank you for taking a stand for inclusion.

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Valery Madrigal
20 months ago
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So awesome! rhank you to the Doolittle family!

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Miz Helen
20 months ago
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Eireann, So there are a bunch of us lezzies who want to join in that evening. We want to buy seats, also if this happens there will be a party van coming from Sacramento as well as here in the East Bay. We will donate but once we find out how many are going, then we need to know what our donation should be. Message me on FB please? Thanks luv Miz Helen

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David Jones
20 months ago
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Very cool. I'd love to see this in more stadiums across the country

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Michelle Gagnon
20 months ago
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Love what you're doing: thanks for turning a potentially negative thing into an overwhelmingly positive one!

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Aaron Briar
20 months ago
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Very Cool!

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Deidre Black
20 months ago
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"We didn't want to see anyone at the game who feels uncomfortable being there, but we also didn't want those tickets to go to waste. It seemed like a win-win solution." Very nicely put. Way to make a positive difference!

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Bron Hebert
17 months ago

Thank you so much for your support Eireann! Your mother's must be BEAMING with Pride!!! XOXO

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Mark Malone
17 months ago

Sorry I don't have any funds to donate, (times are REALLY hard here). But I am glad to see you doing this. I hope you are able to fill all the seats. Wish I lived close and could go. :)

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Bryan Holmquist
19 months ago

Good on you for doing this. My girlfriend's father is a longtime As fan, so we'd be attending the game ourselves to show support, if we could.

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$38,678 of $10k goal

Raised by 1,008 people in 20 months
Created March 30, 2015
Eireann Michael Dolan  
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Michelle Snyder
20 months ago

Great idea!

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Kate Blood
20 months ago
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20 months ago
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robyn cantor
20 months ago
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Mike Bernard
20 months ago

Until we have an LGBT night with the Orioles, I'm thrilled to contribute to your fine effort. Thank you for doing this.

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Anonymous
20 months ago
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20 months ago
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Jasmyne LeCappelain
20 months ago

I can't give much, but hope this five spot helps the cause! Love for all! :)

KB
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Kate black
20 months ago
SH
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Scott Van Horn
20 months ago

Go A's!

Sharon Sikkelee
20 months ago
1
1

This is absolutely amazing. Your MOMS have to be so proud of you! Thank you.

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Craig Quirolo
20 months ago
1
1

thanks

+ Read More
Rachel Hatch
20 months ago
1
1

Hey Eireann! I had the good fortune of meeting you briefly at the annual root beer float day this past year. My family and I chatted with you for a couple minutes about how we had just took a picture with Sean and how we met Sean's mom and family in New York when we went to the A's v. Mets game. You were so friendly and welcoming and served us AMAZING root beer floats! And now to hear that you are doing this, I'm absolutely elated and privileged to have met you, even for such a brief moment in time. It makes me so proud to be an A's fan knowing we have people like you and Sean backing us LGBT people up. Thank you so much =,]

+ Read More
Nancy Levine
20 months ago
1
1

Can't wait to give Eireann and Sean a big, loud, standing ovation that night at O.co! Thank you for being bright lights in this world!

+ Read More
Morgan Ciani
20 months ago
1
1

Erieann and Sean you are amazing. What a great way to make a difference and create resonance. We thank you!

+ Read More
Rhyno Stinchfield
20 months ago
1
1

As a 60 year old straight guy (well except for that one time I may have touched tongues with my drunken best friend years ago) AND a Red Sox fan (that's me wearing the Bosox hat) I want to thank you for taking a stand on this and including everyone. How can you lose, sitting at a ballpark with a bunch of cheering gay people. Now that's going to be a party! For one game I say "Go A's" Ok, that's enough.

+ Read More
Bonnie Meyer
20 months ago
1
1

Thank you for helping to create space where it is safe to be yourself.

+ Read More
Laura Lafakis
20 months ago
1
1

I don't know you, but you are AWESOME. Thank you!!!!!

+ Read More
Jennifer Johnson
20 months ago
1
1

Love this so much!

+ Read More
Gayle Neville
20 months ago
1
1

Eireann and Sean, YOU ROCK!!! Thanks for taking a stand for inclusion!!!

+ Read More
Sarah Cortell Vandersypen
20 months ago
1
1

You are amazing! Thank you for taking a stand for inclusion.

+ Read More
Valery Madrigal
20 months ago
1
1

So awesome! rhank you to the Doolittle family!

+ Read More
Miz Helen
20 months ago
1
1

Eireann, So there are a bunch of us lezzies who want to join in that evening. We want to buy seats, also if this happens there will be a party van coming from Sacramento as well as here in the East Bay. We will donate but once we find out how many are going, then we need to know what our donation should be. Message me on FB please? Thanks luv Miz Helen

+ Read More
David Jones
20 months ago
1
1

Very cool. I'd love to see this in more stadiums across the country

+ Read More
Michelle Gagnon
20 months ago
1
1

Love what you're doing: thanks for turning a potentially negative thing into an overwhelmingly positive one!

+ Read More
Aaron Briar
20 months ago
1
1

Very Cool!

+ Read More
Deidre Black
20 months ago
1
1

"We didn't want to see anyone at the game who feels uncomfortable being there, but we also didn't want those tickets to go to waste. It seemed like a win-win solution." Very nicely put. Way to make a positive difference!

+ Read More
Bron Hebert
17 months ago

Thank you so much for your support Eireann! Your mother's must be BEAMING with Pride!!! XOXO

+ Read More
Mark Malone
17 months ago

Sorry I don't have any funds to donate, (times are REALLY hard here). But I am glad to see you doing this. I hope you are able to fill all the seats. Wish I lived close and could go. :)

+ Read More
Bryan Holmquist
19 months ago

Good on you for doing this. My girlfriend's father is a longtime As fan, so we'd be attending the game ourselves to show support, if we could.

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