The Bear View of Pride:  What to Expect this Year from the Motor City Bears

By, Motor City Bears

The Motor City Bears (MCB) announce their 4th annual fund raiser/celebration during Pride Weekend in Detroit.  This weekend-long series of events are fundraisers for the local community as well as a celebration of gay pride.  The fundraisers will benefit the Affirmations Gay and Lesbian Community Center in Ferndale, MI. and The Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park. 

On Friday, June 4, 2010 our "Motor City Bear Bash Party" will take place at The Menjo’s Complex at 928 W. 6 Mile Rd in Detroit.   This will feature plenty of free food, drink specials, the Mr. Motor City Bear Contest winner, a 50/50 drawing, wrestling and much more.  All of this for the $5 cover charge.  This event as well as all the weekend events are advertised in Michigan, surrounding states and Canada.  This weekend gets bigger every year so come out and have fun with the bears.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 brings a full line up of events starting with our popular “Bears in Speedos Car Wash” from 1pm to 4pm.  This will be held at the Paramount Bank branch in Ferndale at 22635 Woodward Avenue, just south of Nine Mile.  Paramount Bank has participated in this weekend from the start and truly believes in supporting our efforts to help the community. The suggested donation is $5.00.


Next on Saturday is our silent auction at Zion Lutheran church at 143 Albany St. in Ferndale.  This is just South of 9 Mile road, next to Dunkin Donuts on Woodward.  Item on auction include many donated gift cards from area businesses, fine art, and member services.  This auction has been a great success and it is a great easy way to help out these charities.


Saturday’s third event will be an "all you can eat" Pasta Dinner again at the Zion Lutheran Church. Hours for the dinner are 5 PM to 9 PM. The suggested donation will be $12 for adults, $6 for kids and will feature baked pasta, bread sticks, salad, soft drinks and some very special desserts.  Both vegetarian and meat versions of the pasta will be available.


Also on Saturday is our pie eating contest at 7pm also at Zion Church.  This is the debut year for this contest and it is sure to be a lot of fun.  For a $5 entrance fee you too can stuff your face with pie and have a chance to win some great prizes.  There will also be pie available for purchase during the contest. 


On Sunday, June 6, 2010 The Motor City Bears will have a booth in Ferndale for the PrideFest Street Fair.  Stop by and say hello!  We will be giving away many prizes and will have a display explaining what the Motor City Bears are all about.  Oh, and we will be bear hunting!  Ask for details at the booth. 


Rob Pierce, Motor City Bears’ Vice President says "For over 16 years now, The Motor City Bears has been sponsoring fundraising events in the Detroit Metro area.  This has become a huge weekend for us; it keeps getting bigger every year.  Come out and join the Bears in this Pride Weekend to help us raise money for these worthy organizations!”


This year the Motor City Bears Pride Weekend is bigger, better and “bearier” than ever! We have added new events and sponsors for the weekend events.  We are expecting a record turnout for each event.



The Motor City Bears is a gay mens social club for Bears and their admirers, in the Detroit Metro and surrounding areas.  Our club motto is: Fun, Fur and Friends!


The Ruth Ellis Center is one of only four social service agencies in the nation dedicated to helping LGBT teens and young adults who are experiencing homelessness. They provide housing, food, counseling and assistance to get them on their feet to become independent.


Paramount Bank. If you're looking for a bank that strikes the perfect balance between big bank products and small-bank service, Paramount Bank is your bank. Our mission is to deliver personalized, high quality service coupled with flexible financial solutions to our customers, while meeting the long term objectives of our financial stakeholders; providing a positive environment for our employees while at the same time promoting their professional growth; and contributing to the well-being of the communities we serve.


Zion Lutheran Church.  Zion Lutheran Church's commitment is to glorify God by reaching out to our family and community to provide a Christian atmosphere through spiritual growth, learning and service.  The members of Zion Lutheran Church welcome all people regardless of age, economic status, ethnic background, gender, physical or mental ability, race or sexual orientation.


Affirmations is centrally located in vibrant downtown Ferndale, just a mile from the Detroit City border and is the center for LGBT activities throughout the community.  In keeping with its vision, Affirmations is the hub of the community, celebrating wellness, personal growth and development, centered in a state-of-the-art, multi-use facility that is financially secure. Because of its ability to change and meet community needs, Affirmations, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, has become not only the largest LGBT organization in Michigan, but also one of the ten largest in the United States.


Just 4 Us Located on the Ferndale’s main drag: Nine Mile Road, this is a café and gift shop all in one. Light fare is available, such as cold sandwiches, chili and the soup of the day. So you can fuel up before you shop. A very gay-friendly establishment, Just 4 Us caters to both the boys and the girls, and offers one of the city’s best selections of greeting cards, books, mags, toys, video and DVDs rental, and gift items such as candles and incense. Open late on Thursdays and Fridays, until 10 p.m., they also host an informal Saturday coffee klatch, where locals gather to socialize over mochas and espresso.

The New Menjo's Complex features Detroit's best music and unbeatable drink specials. One of the most stylish gay bars in the Detroit Area, Resident DJ John Cruz & The New Menjo's offers a mix of live music and DJs spinning great dance tunes. Karaoke nights are also popular at Menjo's. Our well stocked bar and great bartenders will create any drink you can imagine. Our large screen TVs make Menjo's a great place to catch your favorite shows. Complete with pool tables, MegaTouch & Amusement Video Games, and a VIP room available for private parties, all the ingredients for a great time.  Voted Best Gay Bar 2009 by Metro Times for the second time since the new owners Jeff & Noe have taken over.  Stay Tuned for the Grand Opening of The New Legends Theatre this Spring.  Plus one more surprise mid Summer!





Ruth Ellis Center

Paramount Bank  

Just 4 Us

Zion Lutheran Church

The new Menjo’s Complex


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