Annual Welcoming WNC Procession

People and Organizations Walking for a Vision of Welcoming and Equitable Community

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Join Us!

On Saturday, September 25, we will kick off the Annual Blue Ridge Pride Festival with a special procession through the city of Asheville.

This walk is open to everyone: individuals, families, friends, neighborhoods, churches, activist groups, social clubs, companies, sports teams. 

The majority of people and organizations in western North Carolina aspire to a community that is welcoming. Yes, we struggle to get there.  But this is a day for all who share a vision of welcome to make our aspirations heard.

Join us as we walk across the city and into the heart of the festival.  Whether you are a business, a group, a congregation, community, family, or a pack of friends — join us on this half-mile walk.  Wear your logo. Carry banners and signs. Let the world know that in WNC, we win with welcome.

How to Participate

  • Register to walk (one person per team).  Gather your team. Create a vivid display.
  • Wear your organization’s tee shirts, uniforms, hats, buttons.
  • Bring a sign or banner with your logo or an uplifting appeal.
  • Show up at between 9:00 am and 9:30 am at the parking lot across from 23 Grove Street, Asheville

Individuals, Families, Friends

 Name # City
Karen11 to 20Arden
Rada1 to 3Arden
Dahmit11 to 20Asheville
Mary4 to 6Asheville
Alex7 to 10Asheville
Jonathan1 to 3Asheville
Abigail11 to 20ASHEVILLE
Danielle1 to 3Cary
 Name # City

Companies & Organizations

 Organization / Community # City
Target11 to 20Arden, North Carolina
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Beer City Sisters11 to 20Asheville, North Carolina
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Guardian ad Litem Association of Buncombe County4 to 6Asheville, North Carolina
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Bear's Smokehouse7 to 10Asheville, North Carolina
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Central United Methodist Church1 to 3Asheville, North Carolina
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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.