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Lacey set to discuss corporate sponsorship policy after Chick-fil-A controversy

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North Thurston Public Schools was a community partner in the town of Lacey Children’s Day, sponsored by Chick-fil-A. Some residents were unhappy with this association.

Rolf Boon

The Lacey Equity Commission and Parks Board are due to meet on Monday to review the town’s corporate sponsorship policy after residents spoke out against fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A and its sponsorship of events related to the city.

They raised concerns because of the company’s history of donating to causes that don’t support LGBTQ rights.

Lacey Chick-fil-A sponsored events in 2021 and 2022, according to the city.

β€œIn 2022, their deal was $9,000 and they were a participating sponsor of the Lacey Spring Fun Fair, an onstage sponsor of the Lacey In Tune Summer Concert Series, a participating sponsor of Play in the Parks and a Children’s Day Presenting Sponsor. Monday’s agenda papers read.

Residents first spoke out in October at a meeting of the North Thurston Public Schools Board – North Thurston was a Children’s Day Community Partner – then took their concerns to Lacey Town Council later that month.

Area resident Meghan Hall said the company has a long and tragic history of advocacy against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community through donations and statements made by leaders, reports The Olympian.

“The name is synonymous with companies that oppose equal rights for LGBTQ people,” she said.

She called the sponsorship ill-conceived and that more needed to be done to prevent hurtful actions like this.

“I want all children and their caregivers to feel welcome on Children’s Day,” Hall said.

The meeting is fixed at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at Lacey City Hall, 420 College St. SE. It can also be viewed via Zoom or You Tube.

This story was originally published November 13, 2022 12:29 p.m.

Rolf has worked for The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the town of Lacey and business for the newspaper. Rolf graduated from Evergreen State College in 1990.

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