SHADES is an all inclusive mobile event with a mission to strengthen the voices and visibility of our POC (People of Color) and the LGBTQ+ communities. The focus of SHADES is to merge a variety of popular public spaces in multiple cities with innovative themes for dance parties, outdoor meetups, small business networking functions and nonprofit fundraising mixers, which showcase DJs talent and a rotating humanitarian based nonprofit beneficiary. We’ve raised money for organizations such as The Community Warehouse, PFLAG: Portland Black Chapter, Portland Black Pride, Cascade AIDS Project, AIDS Walk Portland, the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) and the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC). We are continually inspired by our collaborators and attendees who show their support for community building, education and social justice for human rights. SHADES was launched February, 5th 2015.
-Kelly Moe, Founder