Benefit Concert for Milford Pride

First Church's Open and Affirming Ministry cordially invites you to attend a moving, family-friendly evening of heart-opening, story-driven folk / pop starring award winning singer / songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine.


Connecting With Our Covenant

Back in July, the ONA Ministry discerned that we wanted to live into our Congregation's newly adopted Open and Affirming Covenant by hosting an event for one of the communities being lifted up in the Covenant.

We first met Bobby Jo Valentine in 2017 when he performed for the Open and Affirming Coalition's National Gathering and the UCC's General Synod in Baltimore. This summer, we were again moved by his inspiring music at the National Gathering and General Synod in Milwaukee.

When we learned that Bobby was going to be touring New England this fall, everything fell into place, and we booked him to headline this Benefit for Milford Pride!

So, watch some of Bobby's videos, visit his website, then press the Buy Tickets button and join us for this very special event. We promise you, it will be an evening to remember!

[ Our Open and Affirming Covenant ]

About Milford Pride

Founded in the summer of 2018, Milford Pride mission is to spread visibility, awareness, and education of LGBTQIA+ experiences in the Milford community while harboring a safe space for LGBTQIA+ identifying persons.

So far, Milford Pride has been visible at events such as the Downtown Farmers' Market, the Oyster Fest, the Dog and Flea Market, and Pride New Haven's Block Party. As well as creating their own events such as Pride Hour at the Library Children's Center, Hawkwood Games Meet-Up, Hella Gay Holiday Hoedown at the MAC, Fiber Crafts Meetup, Support the Gay Agenda to Save the Earth (a Milford clean-up), and hosting the Stonewall Speakers at the Library.

Milford Pride would like to thank the Milford community for its generosity and welcome, especially Mayor Ben Blake and City Hall for participating in the raising of the Pride Flag this past June and a proclamation of June 2018 as Pride Month in Milford.

In the future, Milford Pride hopes to further our mission of advocacy and awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community in greater Milford through specialized gatherings, a developed 'Pride Week' in Milford, merchandise, more! Follow them on facebook (@milfordctpride) to learn more information about what they are doing next and how to get involved!

[ Milford Pride's Facebook Page ]

About Bobby Jo Valentine

Bobby Jo Valentine is a multi-faceted and sought-after speaker, songwriter and storyteller who grew up on the windy seaside of Northern California. He's been called a hopeful, realist poet and a philosopher for the people. His songs are both earthbound and mystical, and speak to the gentle, everyday awakenings of an openhearted life.

Bobby has given a Ted Talk, has been awarded Song of the Year three times from West Coast Songwriter’s Association, is an out gay advocate for equal rights for all, and has performed thousands of events around the globe.

His compelling, poetic storytelling and songs have built a growing following of listeners and supporters. His most recent collections, Fox Eyes, Whale Heart and Maybe Stars, are available everywhere music is offered online.

[ Bobby's Website ]

Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available!

First Church welcomes businesses to show their support for Milford Pride by helping sponsor this benefit concert. Sponsors will be listed in the Concert Program and on the Church website for a period of at least six months.

Sponsors may pay by check or with a credit / debit card. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Jamie Mullen Rude at (203) 876-1700 for more information.

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