Event to include Elvis impersonator marrying couples in a “‘Little Chapel
of Love,’ raffle for $500 in Texas Lottery scratch-off ticket
Fruit Bowl coordinators are gambling this year on a Las Vegas theme to raise more money than ever before for the Dallas-Fort Worth Coming Out Project.
The 16th annual costume party fundraiser at USA Bowl on Sunday, July 22, will feature a casino theme and a “Little Chapel of Love,” where couples can be married by an Elvis impersonator. Newly married couples will be given a signed certificate and a picture of them with Elvis.
There will be a raffle for a jackpot prize worth $500 in Texas Lottery scratch-off tickets. The tickets could contain prizes worth millions.
Prizes to be awarded during the bowl off will include best bowler, worst bowler and the team with the best costumes.
“While costumes are by no means a requirement to join the event, those creative folks that do dress to occasion sure add to the festive ambiance that has made Fruit Bowl such a fun, local institution,” said Seth Best, co-chair of the DFW Coming Out Project. “I expect to see an interesting array of costumes and teams taking this year’s theme all out. It’s gonna be very fun to watch.”
The fundraiser will also feature a silent auction that will include items such as a new Video iPod and several hotel packages.
“No Vegas trip would be complete without a shopping spree,” Best said.
Co-chair Jennifer Kimberlin noted this is the first year for the Fruit Bowl to try out a Las Vegas theme.
“This seems to be a particularly interesting twist to a real community tradition,” Kimberlin said.
“Fruit Bowl is one of those local Pride events that draws a very diverse and fun crowd. It’s an affordable way to have fun, stay out of the rain and support a vital component in our fight for equality.”
Funds raised by Fruit Bowl go to support programs such as the Coming Out Workshop, the Stick Out Campaign for Human Rights Campaign car window stickers and projects that include the 20-page “Be Who You Are” special section and signature ad in The Dallas Morning News.
Last year’s event sold out and raised a little more than $5,000.
The Coming Out Project will also be hosting a “Let It Ride After Party” at Pugsley’s Library, a sports caf? near the bowling lanes. Fruit Bowl participants receive their first drink free from the caf?’s management.
The Coming Out Project is a nonprofit educational and awareness effort that encourages LGBT people and allies to take the next step in living life openly. It is an affiliate of the Human Rights Campaign.
USA Bowl is at 10920 Composite Drive. The phone number is 214-358-1382. Early registration is available at www.comeout.org/fruitbowl. For information visit www.comeout.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 13, 2007