Chick-Fil-A’s Sole New Hampshire Franchise Sponsors Pride Event
In a surprise twist of events for the chain, the sole Chick-Fil-A franchise in New Hampshire has stepped up to the plate. Now, the franchise, owned by Anthony Picolia, is a major sponsor of NH Pridefest, a family-friendly LGBT event being held on August 11th at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester NH. When asked about the sponsorship, Mr. Picolia had this to say:
“In both my personal and professional life, I have had and continue to have positive relationships with family, friends, customers and employees in the LGBT community. It would make me sad if someone felt that they were not openly welcomed into my life or restaurant based on their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.
“Chick-fil-A at Pheasant Lane Mall has gay employees and serves gay customers with honor, dignity and respect. We also don’t discriminate in giving back to the Nashua community, donating to a wide variety of causes. I would challenge people to come have a conversation with me before they make assumptions or boycott my restaurant. Come to my restaurant and see for yourself that my team and I only have one mission: To serve exceptional experiences to all.”
This demonstrates that not all stores are run by bigots.
One of the festival organizers Tara Powell, in discussing the new sponsor had this to say:
“This sponsorship is just another example of how great New Hampshire is to the LGBT community. We are looking forward to having a great Pride Fest, and are very excited to have Chick-Fil-A involved.”
My hat is off to you Mr Picolia for doing what is right. With luck, your example will encourage others.
Live Free Or Die indeed.