Blue Ridge Pride Pursues More Community-Based Approach to Security at the Festival

We are taking a more community-driven approach to ensuring security this year.

This year, we’re combining our Security Team with our Festival Ambassadors!

The safety and security of everyone who comes to the festival, including you, is our top priority! We look for potential problems or areas where assistance is needed.

An important aspect of security is interacting on a personal basis with our friends and guests. Our security team is not confrontational. We’re not asking you to tackle anyone. Security is about observation and awareness. Do they need first aid, assistance, or information?

We have law enforcement personnel on site and nearby if there is a problem. Your job is to communicate the problem to the Director of Security, other Blue Ridge Pride leaders, or direct to law enforcement.

That leaves room for the dual role of Security Ambassador. While the Ambassador still needs to maintain observation and awareness, they are able to talk with guests, help people with their questions or problems, and generally be a bright and friendly light, representing Pride in the community. Does everyone feel welcome? The positions are designed so you can move around a zone, so you’re not stuck in one little area.

Special skills include walking, standing, looking, listening, and using the radio. Hard stuff, right? But wait, there’s more. Additional requirements are smiling, loving, & caring. Your basic superpowers.

We ask people in this role to speak with our Director of Security, Alan Rosenthal, and to complete North Carolina’s easy, 30-minute, online Crowd Management certification.

All Security Ambassadors will meet in person one time before the festival. Alan will provide you with a couple meeting time options. For everyone’s safety, we ask that you be fully vaccinated and provide your original vax card when you meet with Alan.

When you sign up, you’ll see that the shifts are for 4 hours. If you can’t do 4 hours, sign up for the time of day that works best. Alan will fine tune the schedule to meet your needs and the needs of the festival. You can double-up with a friend if you like. Both need to register.

We’re thrilled that you’re joining our team and look forward to serving with you and having fun together! Thanks!!


Alan Rosenthal, Director of Security

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | or For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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