Heidi Liqueur, left, and Siena Silver, Brianna Michelle and Rosio Bencos.
… Heidi Liqueur!
Last night in the Rose Room, the LifeWalk Green Team contestant faced off against three other awesome drag divas to take the crown at the 11th annual fundraiser preliminary for October’s walk, which benefits AIDS Arms. Heidi’s dazzling beaded gown, in the same red-and-white colors as her Chick-Fil-A dress (which she performed to the “Hold On” parody “Chow Down”) while serving chicken tenders to the audience, won over the judges (and I was one of them!) in a satisfying finale. But all four entrant were insanely talented and impressive, from Siena Silver’s rainbow-accented dress following a champagne accented evening-wear gown, to Rosio Bencos’ back-up dancers and elaborate costume, to Brianna Michelle’s pink-and-emerald palette.
The winner being cheered
Heidi won individual awards for Spirit of Miss LifeWalk and for evening wear and talent in addition to the overall prize, while Siena took Miss Congeniality and Brianna won Miss Moneybags for raising the most for AIDS Arms — $7,400! In total, the event took in a staggering $21,628 — $4,000 more than last year.
The show was a hoot, with primary host Heather Thomas bullying the crowd into donating more and more money, and five former Miss LifeWalk winners performing, with all money going to the charity. Victoria Weston wowed the audience with two live performances. Outgoing Miss LifeWalk Vida Chardonnay did a tribute to Elaine Stritch that stunned everyone. View pictures in our full slideshow here.
LifeWalk takes place Oct. 5, and it’s never too late to volunteer or participate.
OK, we’ll admit to a little self-interest here: The Elizabeth Trail’rs, Dallas Voice’s LifeWalk team, is the charitable raffle sponsor at Gaybingo this weekend. That means while you help Resource Center Dallas — and enjoy yourself with a fabulous series of games — you can also help out our team. We’ve even made it really easy for you: This poster tells you everything you need to know (it’s Saturday, starting at 5 p.m., at the Rose Room) and even includes a QR code for easy scanning.
C’mon! You know you wanna win some faboo swag! Give a guy some love…
On Saturday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m., friends and family will gather at the Kalita Humphreys Theater for a memorial service celebrating his life. On Aug. 26, Amy Stevenson’s cabaret show Mama’s Party in Grand Prairie will be dedicated to Ryan, and donations will be taken.
Finally, an online fund has also been established already to help defray to medical and funeral expenses to Ryan’s family. In just two days, it is already nearly 40 percent funded. You can help out by clicking here to contribute.
Well, the gay community knows how to take care of its own. Since Wednesday, the online giving has grown more than $4,000 (from just under $6,000 to now more than $10,200). Even better, the cookout at the Eagle yesterday was a smash. Benefit organizer Charlie McDonald tells me management at the bar brought in about $5,000 for Brian (pictured seated with the face mask). That puts him within arm’s reach of meeting his goal. Considering it was on Mother’s Day, you could hardly have expected more.
Go here to get tickets on the Collin County Gay and Lesbian alliance website.
YFTCC youth Kris Wong, who will attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall, came home from the Dallas vigil held for Olgin and Chapa energized to do something. With YFTCC volunteer Lisa Mashigian, they put together the bowling fundraiser with the goal of raising $1000. With three weeks preparation time, they hope to get 60 people involved.
“The response from Collin County LGBTQA organizations and people has been wonderful,” Mashigian said.
CCGLA has set up a payment system and is sending the event out to its members. Equality Texas, BB&T, Business Network of Collin County, YFT Dallas and other individuals have made donations to the gift bags. Collin County employee resource groups have also been notified.
Mashigian said that this is not just a Collin County event and hopes to see a good turnout.
The Hotel Palomar has announced another major staffing change. No, Graham Dodd is still the exec chef at Central 214. The new employe goes by a single name: Higgins, director of pet relations.
The position of pet relations is a demanding one, as the Kimpton property is proudly pet- (and gay-) friendly, with food and water bowls and hotel I.D. and “wag bags” provided for four-legged guests.
You can welcome Higgins, a beagle mix, to his new job at a fundraiser for Paws in the City on Thursday at a meet-and-greet, with wine and cocktails, food, pet adoptions and a pet costume contest all covered by the $20 donation. Plus, you can get 25 percent off the pet-friendly rate, which would more than rebate the donation.
I’m well-known as a sucker for dogs, and Higgins is a cute one! I adopted one of my dogs from Paws i the City. It’s a good cause.
We’ve been fans of food truck culture for a while (we even added a “best food truck” category to our Readers Voice Awards this year), so it was with enthusiasm that last Thursday, on what is usually a busy production day for us in the news biz, we shut down the offices for an entire hour and high-tailed it across the street to Hope Cottage, which was having a food truck fundraiser. Four trucks were there, selling lunch items, and allowing attendees to “vote” by tipping their favorites — all to benefit Hope Cottage.
From the Abbey Road-esque exodus to the face stuffing by all involved, it was a great afternoon. Ah, memories … oh, wait, this was just last week. More photos after the jump.
AssociaTitle names Mark Sadlek director of business development
AssociaTitle announced it appointed Mark J. Sadlek director of business development at its corporate headquarters in the heart of Uptown Dallas at Crescent Court.
“We are thrilled to be adding Mark Sadlek to the AssociaTitle team,” said AssociaTitle President Paul Reyes. “He is a seasoned real estate professional in the Dallas area with a track record of proven success and will serve both our clients and our company well.”
Sadlek joins AssociaTitle from Republic Title of Texas, where he served as vice president of business development and director of coaching services. He worked to build and promote the company externally with Realtors, developers and lenders. His focus also included business coaching and training.
He has also served as vice president of business development for American Title and as home mortgage consultant for Shelter Mortgage & Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Previous to his work in the North Dallas real estate industry, Sadlek worked in marketing and sales for almost 20 years and was intimately involved in the start-up of two companies, VerCeram and Velux-America.
For the past nine years, Sadlek has worked in the North Dallas real estate industry, building positive relationships with local Realtors and lenders. He was awarded the 2010 Affiliate of the Year Award from MetroTex Association of Realtors, served on the MetroTex Board as an affiliate appointee board member, and chaired the Affiliate Forum Committee of MetroTex.
He was a co-founder and co-chair of Leadership Lambda Inc., an LGBT leadership development organization. He was also a board member of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) and has chaired the Heart Strings Fundraiser at the Majestic Theatre. Additionally, Sadlek served on the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign, as well as a co-chair of the Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Club.
Ernst & Young Announces Gross Up for Jan. 1
On Jan. 1, Ernst & Young joined more than 30 major U.S. employers that are equalizing the pay for gay and lesbian employees by covering the cost of state and federal taxes for domestic partners.
Employees enrolled in domestic partner benefits incur additional taxes as the value of those benefits is treated as taxable income under federal law, while the value of opposite-sex spousal benefits is not.
Federal law treats domestic partner benefits differently from federally-recognized spousal benefits.