Rooty-tooty, fresh and fruity

Posted on 20 Jul 2006 at 3:12pm
By Arnold Wayne Jones – Staff Writer

Fruit Bowl fundraiser returns with fun and games and a bit of drag



GRAB YOUR TICKETS: Rosemary Raffle again serves as M.C. for Fruit Bowl, which takes place on Sunday.

Bowling doesn’t have to be a drag but somehow it’s more fun when it is.

For the sixth year, experienced and amateur bowlers will gather to have a gay ol’ time on the lanes. Fruit Bowl is back.

Although “A Tropical Fruit Bowl” is the theme this year, the point has remained the same since the beginning: Have fun while raising money for the Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Project.

Rosemary Raffle will again M.C. the event, hectoring keglers to buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items. According to Jonathan Boarman, co-chair of the event, sure-to-be-popular items include an authentic “Brokeback Mountain” jacket, Q Cinema and Out Takes passes, spa packages and vouchers to stay in the Westin Hotel.

To sex it up a bit, you can buy raffle tickets based on your girth or that of a friend $20 will get you are many tickets as fit around your waist. (For the tall-but-slender, you can measure your inseam instead.)

Boarman says they are still working out the details, but in the past games have been jazzed up with disco music and the ever popular “lightning strikes,” when the lights go down, the black lights go on and everything glows for 10 frames. Prizes will also be awarded to the worst and best bowler, and to the best dressed.

The official after party will take place at Tin Room, with happy hour prices until 6 p.m.

USA Bowl (formerly Don Carter West), 10920 Composite Drive. $25 per person (four-person teams). Registration at 1 p.m,, bowling, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Preregistration at Comeout.org. 469-939-9908. After-party at Tin Room, 2514 Hudnall St.

Dining with purpose


For years, Stephan Pyles has put almost as much effort into fundraising to fight hunger as he has crafting masterful cuisine.

A board member of the North Texas Food Bank and a founder of the relief organization Share Our Strength, when Pyles gets cooking, it’s often for charity.

On Sunday, you can sample some of his fine food and that of other great chefs, like Anthony Bombaci and Sharon Hage from Dallas and celebrity guests from New York and Scottsdale with his “Tasteful Pursuit” fundraiser.

If you haven’t been to Pyles’ newest restaurant, or even if you have, it’s an excellent way to feast on the best food Dallas has to offer while doing your part to fight world hunger.

Stephan Pyles, 1807 Ross Ave. July 23. Cocktail reception at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. $175 per person. Reservations required. 214-580-7000.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, July 21, 2006.

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