Annual holiday fundraiser to benefit LGBT causesWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla, a major social event for the area’s gay and lesbian community, is gearing up for its 33rd annual Christmas Dinner Dance fundraiser — which might be a little more rousing than usual.
New this year — and perhaps a Toledo Club first — drag queens will perform.
“We’ve never had that — especially at Toledo Club,” said event committee member Rick Cornett. “They are a little conservative, but they are letting us do that. We’ve got some classy-looking drag queens and they are each going to do two numbers.”
Another new addition is a fashion show, which will feature clothing from Cityboyz Fashion Menswear, a men’s clothing company based in Toledo.
The event, which is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at the Toledo Club, 235 14th St., will also feature photos with Santa Claus, door prizes, a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction.
This year, proceeds will benefit the HIV treatment center at the University of Toledo Medical Center, AIDS Resource Center Ohio and Rainbow Area Youth, which offers peer-based support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning teenagers in the Toledo area.
“We wanted to especially work with Rainbow Area Youth this year because of all the recent bullying of gay youth and suicides,” Cornett said. “We wanted to bring awareness to their cause and bring them some money.”
Last year’s event raised around $3,000, Cornett said.
“It’s important to bring awareness to causes within the gay community,” Cornett said. “So often the mainstream press doesn’t want to focus on us. But we have causes and we have needs and, especially at Christmastime, we want to give back to other people.”
Cornett said the event is the premier social event for the area’s LGBT community, but anyone is welcome to attend.
“It’s just a nice evening to dress up and socialize with members of the gay and lesbian community and friends,” Cornett said.
Tickets are $65 and must be reserved by Nov. 30. For tickets or more information, visit www.holidaywithheart.org or contact organizers at email@example.com or (419) 470-3937. Toledo Free Press Star is a media sponsor for the event.