Red, white and blue were the colors of the evening Saturday in Prosper. Neighbors, family and friends gathered to celebrate Prosper’s fourth annual Pride in the Sky event at Frontier Park.
Hosted by Prosper Magazine and Cedarbrook Media, the event featured a charity softball game. The blue team represented the Prosper Education Foundation, an organization that supports Prosper Independent School District students, faculty and staff. The red team represented Cornerstone Assistance Network of North Texas, an organization that provides resources to help low-income families.
Each team had between 15-20 players. To play in the game, each individual had to raise $250, said Heather Reynolds, director of sales and marketing for Cedarbrook Media.
“Each organization should walk away with about $5,000 each,” Reynolds said.
The event also featured a classic car show and a 12-minute firework show. There were 65 business and craft vendors, 12 food vendors and 12 sponsors.
Prosper Fire Chief Ronnie Tucker said events like Pride in the Sky help members of the Prosper community build relationships.
“Prosper is a place where everyone matters,” Tucker said. “You get here. You meet people. You see people. It builds relationships to families and neighborhoods.”
Last year, the event drew approximately 8,000 attendees, Reynolds said. She projected that this year’s event would attract 10,000 people.
“We need events like this to keep the small town feel because once you get so big, you don’t see your neighbors out,” said Melissa Stewart, a Cedarbrook Media representative.
Brenna Lara, a Prosper resident for less than six months, said attending holiday events like Pride in the Sky helps her family integrate into the community.
“I think it’s important because we’re new here, so it’s good to meet people,” Lara said. “We want to go to places where there are other families and kids and meet people in the community.”