Photos above by John Beursken Photography
Our annual event celebrating small and local businesses and supporting local nonprofits marked its fifth year (and the fifth birthday of Team Diva) this past Thursday. Benefiting Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS), the party brought together a colorful crowd, young and not-so-young, in the theatre at 12th Avenue Arts in the heart of Capitol Hill.
Dozens of performances filled the night with laughter and applause. Hostesses DonnaTella Howe and Miss Kitty Baby introduced one act after another (and performed acts of their own), and the variety of styles was stellar. Sylvia O’Stayformore brought sassy, retro charm, while Deja Nouveau stunned with pop and alternative numbers (including a mesmerizing rendition of “Triangle Walks” by Fever Ray). Spray Jay made the crowd go wild with a Prince impersonation, and Al Lykya nearly brought the house down while performing a lap dance for one lucky audience member (to Ginuwine’s “Pony,” of course). The gorgeous, talented and VERY FAMOUS Jamie Von Stratton was a scintillating femme fatale in black and sequins for one of the last acts of the night.
The tips that accumulated over the night were swept up between acts by burly gogo boys in Daniel Webster underwear and boylesque performer Emperoar Fabulous in a jaunty flower cap. All of that cash (plus liquor sales, raffle tickets, and an auction for that infamous Al Lykya Lap Dance) brought in just shy of $8,000, well exceeding our goal of $5,000 for the night. Thanks to Team Diva’s community partnership program, a recent home sale added another $1,400 dollars to PSKS’s coffers. Every penny counts, as even after a modest grant from the city, the program must work hard to fund its new shelter program and other vital services for homeless and at-risk youth. We are thrilled that this event was able to partly fill the budgetary gap for a nonprofit doing such vital work.
Marriage equality is the law of the land. Such a ruling will made for a truly Happy Pride this weekend in Seattle, but many young members of the LGBTQ community have to worry about where they will sleep on any given night. As we celebrate, we must not forget the most vulnerable members of our community, so please consider donating to PSKS or an organization of your choosing that helps shelter and serve our homeless Queer youth!
Our generous attendees helped make this event a success, but the event itself could not have happened without the work of so many members of our local business community. We have to thank Mary Holste of SideX Side design for helping us create the promotional materials and Perfect Copy + Print for making sure those materials were beautifully produced. This was our biggest crowd at our biggest venue yet so we must thank the folks at 12th Ave Arts for helping us with this beautiful space. Special thanks also goes to Oola Distillery for donating the vodka so we could serve up those specialty Oola Vodka cocktails, and for all the volunteers who helped the evening run smoothly, including Rob Lani and Wazhma Samizay, owner of Retail Therapy. Lastly, we need to thank all our event coordinator gals from Squid MGMT for keep the wheels on the bus and helping to pull this whole event together!
The real soul and sparkle of the night was the array of performances, so again we thank our hostesses DonnaTella Howe and Miss Kitty Baby, DJ Tony Burns and the full cast of characters. Thank you to the attendees, who were so generous and gleeful. We are already excited for next year and we hope to see everyone again. Happy Pride!