The MOCHA Center, Inc. is proud to celebrate MOCHA Weekend August 9 – 12, 2012. MOCHA Weekend is a joint celebration of Black Pride in Rochester and Buffalo. As a member of the International Federation of Black Prides, we are excited to celebrate the diversity of our Black LGBTQ communities.
For over 10 years, the MOCHA Center has sponsored MOCHA Weekend as an opportunity to reach various communities in Buffalo and Rochester. The events provide visibility for the organization as well as educate various communities on HIV/AIDS and other health and wellness issues. Considering the state of HIV/AIDS in Western New York and the impact to various communities of color, our presence in the community is essential in combatting the rise of HIV/AIDS in our communities.
This year we are rebranding MOCHA Weekend as well as bringing both Buffalo and Rochester closer together. Instead of cookouts in both cities, we decide to host one cookout this year in Rochester and rotate it to Buffalo next year. The MOCHA Weekend 2012 events are as follows:Thursday, August 9, 2012 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY
The MOCHA Center will recognize and present awards to organizations and individuals that provided outstanding support over the past year. Free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
- RSVP at: http://mocha_awards.eventbrite.com/
The Annual CookoutSaturday, August 11, 2012 – 12:00pm – 6:00pm Thomas X. Grasso Erie Canal Lodge, Greece Canal Park, Greece, NY
(PLEASE NOTE: This is a NEW SITE — the earlier location has been changed to the Thomas X. Grasso Erie Canal Lodge)
Have a fun day with the MOCHA Center in Greece Canal Park. Socialize with members of Rochester & Buffalo communities. Enjoy the free food, music, and fun activities.
FREE Shuttle Bus (BUFFALO – Greece Canal Park)
Departs at 10:00am from MOCHA Center Buffalo and arrives at Greece Canal Park at 11:15am. Leaves Greece Canal Park at 6:00pm and arrives at the MOCHA Center Buffalo at 7:15pm. Bus space is limited to 56 passengers and you must reserve your seat.
FREE Shuttle BUS (ROCHESTER – Greece Canal Park)
Departs at 12:00pm from the MOCHA Center Rochester and arrives at Greece Canal Park at 12:30pm. Leaves Greece Canal Park at 5:00pm and arrives at the MOCHA Center Rochester at 5:30pm. Bus space is limited to 56 passengers and you must reserve your seat.
Sunday Fellowship ServiceSunday, August 12, 2012 1:30pm – 3:00pm Unity Fellowship Church, 125 Caroline Street, Rochester, NY
The Unity Fellowship Church in partnership with the MOCHA Center is having a Sunday Fellowship Service in honor of MOCHA Weekend. Join us as we uplift our spirits on Sunday afternoon. A reception will follow.
The MOCHA Center, Inc. is pleased to announce that MOCHA Center Buffalo is sponsoring and co-sponsoring events for MOCHA Weekend 2011. Please come out and support the MOCHA Center.
The MOCHA Center Open House & Kick Off PartyWhen: August 4, 2011 – 6:00pm – 10pm Where: The MOCHA Center – 1092 Main Street, Buffalo NY Admission: Free More Info: (716) 852-1142 Sponsor: The MOCHA Center Link to Promotional Flyer: 20110804_KickoffParty
The MOCHA Center’s First Annual Drag Show ExtravaganzaWhen: August 5, 2011 – Doors Open @ 7:00pm and Show Starts @ 8:00pm Where: Marcella Show Club & Lounge – 622 Main Street, Buffalo NY Admission: $5 over 21 and $10 for 18-21 More Info: (716) 852-1142 Sponsor: The MOCHA Center Link to Promotional Flyer: 20110805_Who Run The World Drag Show
Fourth Annual Community BBQWhen: Saturday, August 6th – 12 noon – 6pm Where: Front Park, Buffalo NY Admission: Free More Info: (716) 847-0315 x443 (Marcus) Co-Sponsors: AIDS Community Services [Men's Health Project]; Pride Center of WNY; Gay/Lesbian Youth Services; & The MOCHA Center Link to Promotional Flyer: 20110805CommunityBBQ
The MOCHA Center congratulates the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (GAGV) for coordinating Rochester Pride 2011. As fellow organizations advocating for LGBTQ concerns, we support the celebration of Rochester Pride in Rochester, NY. We have so much to celebrate with New York joining other states in passing same sex marriage. Please visit GAGV’s website or the direct link to the Rochester Pride 2011 Calender. Wishing much success!!!