WATCH: Drag queens and Speedos and sarongs, oh my!

IMG_2878Last weekend, over the course of a brief 24 hours, three different charities — AIDS Services of Dallas, Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage and AIDS Arms — received an awful lot of love from the Dallas gay community … and did so with a lot of costume changes.

On Saturday, The Summer Party, a 12-year-old pool bash at a private home in East Dallas, raised money for ASD, and included a fashion show by Skivvies, as well as a sarong contest for the gathered guests. Later that evening, The Red Party, a fundraising group benefiting Legacy, staged a poolside fashion show of its own at the ilume, with vodka by Hudson Ferus, snacks and margaritas from Mi Cocina and swimwear by Aussie Bum, ES Collection, Marek+Richard and others. Then on Sunday evening, the Rose Room gave over to the Miss LifeWalk contest, a fundraiser for AIDS Arms. Thousands of dollars were raised … and a lot of eyes popped.

You can see slide shows of each of them with these links to the Summer Party, the Red Party and Miss LifeWalk.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

PHOTOS: The Summer Party, benefiting ASD

Photos by Arnold Wayne Jones

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party set for Saturday

Screen shot 2014-04-11 at 6.31.23 PMWe know you’ve been working on your summer pool figures, but it’s OK to break your diet for just one day. On Saturday, the No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party gets going at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. This event is a benefit to raise money for AIDS Services of Dallas, which provides housing and supportive services for low-income and formerly homeless men, women and children and families living with HIV/AIDS.

ASD supporters have been hosting social gatherings that range from backyard barbecues to formal dinners, and their guests donated $50 or more, which goes to ASD. No Southern dinner is complete without dessert, so the hosts and their guests will sample offerings from some of Dallas’ best caterers and restaurants at Saturday’s event. They’ll need the nourishment to get them through a night of the dancing and entertainment that will be offered.

And what’s a benefit if it doesn’t have an auction? Designers, restaurants and stores donated items you’ll want to bid on and take home.

The event will be held from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave. And like the name says — no tie.

 

—  Steve Ramos

Lone Star Ride disbands, 2013 ride was its last

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In this 2013 Dallas Voice file photo, Lone Star Ride distributed $85,000 in proceeds from the 100-mile, one-day bike ride. From left, AIDS Outreach Executive Director Shannon Hilgart, Jackie Jones, AIDS Services of Dallas President and CEO Don Maison, Michael Matthews and Resource Center CEO Cece Cox.

After 13 years of fundraising, the board of directors of Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS announced its 2013 ride was its last, according to a press release the organization released Sunday.

“We’ve seen a decline in sponsors, volunteers and riders, and we felt we had a responsibility to the people donating money to be responsible for that money,” said board president Jacque Borel.

Lone Star Ride raised $28,000 for each of the organization’s three beneficiaries in 2013, but that number fell short of the organization’s goal.

“Based on the return for 2013 and the two prior years, the Board has determined that the effort and expense required to stage a 2014 ride and subsequent events are not justified,” the press release stated.

The money was distributed to AIDS Outreach Center, AIDS Services of Dallas and Resource Center. Since 2001, LSRFA has donated more than $2 million to those agencies, according to its website.

Although Lone Star Ride is disbanding, it acknowledges the fight against HIV/AIDS and the need to serve those affected isn’t over.

“With that in mind, the LSRFA Board of Directors thanks the riders, crew and donors who have shared the road with us the last 13 years, and encourages them to continue the fight by directly supporting AIDS Outreach Center, AIDS Services of Dallas, and Resource Center Dallas,” the organization wrote in the press release.

Borel said the decision to disband Lone Star Ride is “heartbreaking, but we are trying to be good stewards with the money.”

“We’ll have to look for another way to raise money for the beneficiaries,” he said.

—  Steve Ramos

Lots of LGBT orgs participating in North Texas Giving Day on Thursday

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North Texas Giving Day is Thursday and a lot of LGBT organizations are participating.

Donations can be made online from 7 a.m. to midnight by going here and searching for an organization.

Among the LGBT organizations participating are AIDS Arms, AIDS Outreach, AIDS Interfaith Network, AIDS Services of Dallas, Legal Hospice of Texas, Legacy Gay & Lesbian Fund for Dallas, Turtle Creek Chorale, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, and North Texas Food Bank, which supplies much of the food for Resource Center’s food pantry.

Communities Foundation of Texas organized the event. Each $25 donation and above received Thursday will get bonus funds. If an organization receives 32 individual donations, it will be entered to win an additional $10,000.

Funds can also be designated to a specific program in the notes section.

For a complete list of organizations, go here.

—  Anna Waugh

ExxonMobil funds summer interns at 2 AIDS agencies

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Melissa Grove

ExxonMobil is funding summer internships for college students at 30 area nonprofit organizations, including AIDS Services Dallas and Legacy Counseling Center.

The Legacy intern will assist Program Director Brooke Nickerson at Legacy Founders Cottage.

“Brooke’s job is challenging,” said Executive Director Melissa Grove. “I liken it to having seven sick family members living at your house and your job is to coordinate all of their care, ensure the house is moving smoothly, get them to appointments, pick up medication and grocery shop. She welcomes the help!”

The ASD intern will work with the children living at the facility, according to the agency’s CEO Don Maison. He said they’ve had an intern funded by Exxon for about 10 years who takes the children to Six Flags, the library and museums.

“Keeping them off the street,” he said.

Also among the 30 agencies are the Center for Nonprofit Management, which has been a good resource for a number of LGBT and AIDS organizations and Promise House, which partners with Youth First Texas for emergency youth shelter and transitional living.

Several arts organizations will have ExxonMobil interns, including Dallas Black Dance Theater and Undermain Theater.

College students interested in applying should contact the agencies.

—  David Taffet

Microsoft challenges Lone Star Ride participants to raise at least $1,000

2011 Lone Star Ride in Fort Worth

Microsoft, which became a sponsor of Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS this year, challenged riders to each raise $1,000. The first 100 riders to reach that goal will receive a copy of Office Professional 2010.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the team Hope Riders is sponsoring a evening of comedy and music at the Interfaith Peace Chapel. Dinner and drinks are included. The first riders to raise their $1,000 will be recognized.

Among the entertainers is Jerry Calumn, who has worked as a professional comedian and is director of the Lone Star Ride.

This year’s Sept. 29-30 ride opens and closes at Microsoft’s Las Colinas campus.

—  David Taffet

Saturday night, the Dallas Bears presented community organizations with $58K in donations

Dallas Bears 2011-12 board

Last Saturday, the Dallas Bears convened for food and fellowship at their anniversary dinner at Celebration restaurant. Through the course of the night, announcements were made about the group’s efforts, the new board for 2012-13 and recognition of various individuals who assisted the group throughout the Texas Bear Round-Up. You can see some of those announcements on Twitter here.

The highlight of the evening, though, was certainly the DB’s donation of $58,000 to local charities. The group doled out the bulk of its donations to Youth First Texas ($26,250), the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund ($13,125), AIDS Interfaith Network ($13,125), AIDS Services of Dallas ($2,125) and the Sharon St. Cyr Fund ($1,500). Check out the photos after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Purple Party wants to start getting you in the mood for its big weekend of events in May

As a sort of “save the date,” the Purple Party organizers released this trailer previewing its big May weekend. It looks to be an impressive one with the lineup of parties they have scheduled. From Joe Gauthreaux, pictured, opening the weekend at Station 4 to DJs Paolo and Tank’s closing night sets at Plush, the weekend is packed with marquee DJs throughout five different venues in Dallas. Check ‘em out. More than just a party, the event also benefits AIDS Services of Dallas.

Watch the trailer after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Don/na Dumae celebrating 29 years of fundraising

I know the weekend is still three days away, but you can start making plans now to help Don/na Dumae (aka Don Jenkins) celebrate 29 years of fundraising Saturday night with a show at Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Ave.

Don/na Dumae

Line-up is at 6 p.m. (if you want to perform for a good cause, get there at 6 and talk to Don/na), and the show starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit AIDS Services of Dallas.

Don/na was Empress XXIII of the United Court of the Lone Star Empire, in 1997, and is heir apparent to the Queen Mother of the Americas.

The international court system was born in 1965 when Jose Sarria, aka The Widow Norton, declared herself Empress of San Francisco. Today more than 45 years later, the court system has more than 65 chapters in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and is the second-largest LGBT organization in the world, according to the International Court System website.

The court in Dallas started in 1979 as The Imperial Court of Dallas, with Cindy Birdsong as Empress. The Sovereign Court of Dallas began in 1982 with Dennis Darcy as Emperor, and Sal E. Marie as Empress. But in 1986, the two courts merged to become the Imperial Court of the Lone Star Empire. Throughout its history — under all three names — the court in Dallas has been devoted to fundraising,primarily HIV/AIDS and LGBT causes.

Current beneficiaries are AIDS Interfaith Network, Youth First Texas, AIDS Services of Dallas, Resource Center Dallas’ Nutrition Center, Legacy Counseling Center and the Sharon St. Cyr Fund.

—  admin