Drag Queen Bingo has already been a major hoot for participants and a major fundraising success for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue twice. But the 3rd Annual Brag Queen Bingo, scheduled for Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Asheville’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, may well turn out to be beyond description.
The last Drag Queen Bingo sold out. And the proceeds from ticket sales, bingo cards, raffles and the auction of donated goods and services generated over $10,000 for Brother Wolf’s work toward making Asheville a No Kill city. This year’s event promises to be bigger, better, and probably as rowdy as even Asheville can handle.“OMG!” won’t begin to describe the goings on.
The festivities will be hosted by Big Shirli Stevenz of Greensboro, NC, who is something of a legend in the Female Illusionist community. Shirli is a make-up artist and hairstylist to the stars, and has been an illusionist himself for 18 years. While performing, Shirli is the living embodiment of the phrase “pretty in pink”.
The Blue Ridge Roller Girls will definitely be part of the Drag Queen Bingo evening, but the complete rules of engagement had not yet been established as of PetGazette press time. It is known, however, that the “ladies” have names like Hammer, Aphrobitey, Coma N Ducer, and One Hit Wounder. Another team member’s name – Drag N Slayer – will hopefully remain unprophetic. It is known, too, that the Roller Girls will be rolling around all evening to sell raffle tickets and bingo cards. More than half of the 40-member team, (you do the math), have rescue animals themselves, so Brother Wolf’s work is near and dear to the big hearts they have when off the track. If one of the girls suggests that someone “give ‘til it hurts” – a phrase taken directly from the Blue Ridge Roller Girls website – that someone would probably be wise to respond as suggested.
One of the many highlights of the evening – offsetting the lowlights – will be the auctioning off of a 7 day stay in the Caribbean. There will also be a silent auction of other donated items, probably including jewelry, art, clothing and other mentionables. There might also be some unmentionables auctioned off, but they won’t be mentioned, for obvious reasons.
Drag Queen Bingo was a success in the past, but is expected to be even bigger and better in 2014. Many performers from the past will perform again, and new Female Illusionists will be joining the fun. Just as for earlier Drag Queen Bingo events, they will be coming from all over the Southeast to strut their stuff for a great cause. Doors for the event will open at 5:30pm, with Yappy Hour drinks and snacks available on the patio. Bingo is scheduled to begin at 7pm.
The 3rd Annual Drag Queen Bingo is sponsored by PetGazette, Asheville’s pet lovers resource, and the perfect medium on which to collect autographs from drag queens; Patton Avenue Pet Company, which now has two locations on Patton Avenue; Preferred Properties, which can help find pet friendly homes; and the Asheville 4 Seasons Team, which caters to guests’ needs 24/7/365.
Individual tickets for Drag Queen Bingo are $25, $50 or $75. Tables of eight are available for $175 for the Fierce and I Know It deal, $350 for the Royal Treatment deal, and $525 for the Dine with the Divas deal. That starts with light hors d’oeuvres at the game table. Then the lucky ticket holders will proceed to a private event room for dinner with the divas, starting with heavy hors d’oeuvres. After dinner, the non-diva diners will be escorted to their VIP seats for the beginning of the evening’s entertainment.
The Crowne Plaza facility seats 980 people, almost twice the number accommodated at the last Drag Queen Bingo. But that event sold out faster than you can say, “Who was that masked Female Illusionist?” so the 3rd Annual Drag Queen Bingo probably will sell out too. If you want to attend, and you should, act quickly. You can order your tickets on-line at www.bwar.org/dragqueenbingo.
But don’t tell your parole officer.