Razzle Dazzle Dallas distributes $60,500

In June, Razzle Dazzle Dallas was revived as a five-day event centered on Cedar Springs Road. With so much of the event underwritten, organizers were able to return $60,500 to a number of community organizations.

Proceeds from the Metro Ball that took place at S4 on Friday night of Razzle Dazzle week went to the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund. Money collected at the Main Event on Saturday night, as well as from other Razzle-related parties, was divided among eight other beneficiaries.

Money was distributed to beneficiaries at Sue Ellen’s on June 27. Here’s the breakdown of funds: Resource Center Dallas — $5,900; AIDS Arms — $5,400; AIDS Interfaith Network — $5,400; Cedar Springs Merchants Association Beautification Fund — $5,400; Legacy Counseling/Founders Cottage — $5,400; Legal Hospice of Texas — $2,834; Lone Star Ride — $2,833; Youth First Texas — $2,833; Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund — $24,500.

Next year’s Razzle Dazzle Dallas Main Event will be on Saturday, June 9. A full press release from the organizers of Razzle Dazzle Dallas is below.

—  David Taffet

Razzle Dazzle Dallas called ‘a home run’

Organizers thrilled with attendance, expect big sums for beneficiaries

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer
taffet@dallasvoice.com

More than 10,000 people filled Cedar Springs Road for the Razzle Dazzle Dallas Main Event on June 4, according to organizers who said they had no way of knowing how well people would respond to the revival of the party that was last held in 2003.

“You just never know when you’re throwing a party,” said Razzle Dazzle Dallas President John Cooper-Lara.

Cooper-Lara said despite all the planning for the event, the board wasn’t sure whether people would show up. Cooper-Lara also serves president of the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, the beneficiary of Friday night’s MetroBall at Station 4. Although he didn’t have final figures he said the night set a record for the event.

“Deborah Cox was over the top,” he said. “And we were up in every category — ticket sales, silent auction, pre-event sales.”

He said GDMAF should be able to provide more assistance than ever as a result.

The fund steps in to help financially when other AIDS agencies can’t, meeting needs such as rent, medical co-payments and emergency utility assistance for low-income people living with AIDS.

Before final returns were counted, Cedar Springs Merchants Association President Scott Whittall said he was delighted with attendance. He said since all costs were covered in advance by sponsors, any money taken at the door in donations, at the booths and in beer sales goes to the beneficiaries.

Normally Dallas police estimate crowd size, but LGBT Liaison Officer Laura Martin said they didn’t get an estimate on Saturday night, June 4.

Although the street was blocked, admission was free and no one was counting the number who came through the gates.

The five-day event ended with a final party at the Brick, where Mr. and Miss Razzle Dazzle Dallas were chosen.

Gerald Alexander Paige and Weezie Davis were the winners and will end their year’s reign by performing at next year’s event.

The first runners-up were Kenny Bramlett and Vanessa Styles.

Lara-Cooper said the week’s events were more successful than the board expected.

“I think we hit a home run,” said Lara-Cooper.

—  John Wright

Razzle Dazzle needs 100 volunteers

STREET FAIR | John Coop-Lara and Jimmy Bartlett at Cedar Springs Arts Festival promoting Razzle Dazzle Dallas.

Return of annual event an opportunity for groups to participate

DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer
taffet@dallasvoice.com

The Razzle Dazzle Dallas committee needs 100 volunteers, organizers said this week.

“Planning and hosting [the] five-day festival for 35,000 people will take nearly 100 volunteers,” said John Cooper-Lara, co-chair for Razzle Dazzle Dallas.

The event — returning this year after an absence of several years — will be held June 1–5, beginning with a Wednesday evening wine walk on Cedar Springs Road. Thursday the event goes off the street with a party bus pub-crawl to clubs located off Cedar Springs Road.

Metro Ball at S4 on Friday night will raise money for AIDS agencies in North Texas.

Saturday’s events begin with a sidewalk sale and street fair on Cedar Springs Road. The evening is when the most volunteers will be needed. Three blocks will be fenced for a large street party.

Gate attendants, runners, stagehands, information booth workers and food service assistants are needed.

Volunteer co-coordinator Henry Ramirez said volunteers are also needed to help set up and tear down tents.

“They’ll be making sure people have ice where it’s needed, watching the entrances and making sure people aren’t walking out with alcohol,” Ramirez said. “Runners are needed from beer booths to the main booth.”

Ramirez said food will be catered for volunteers and he is scheduling extra people so there will be time for volunteers to take breaks and enjoy the event.

Setting up and tearing down the fence has been contracted out, as has trash clean up and garbage removal, he said. But volunteers will be needed for set-up and tear down of booths, stage and other equipment and displays along the street.

Ramirez said working at Razzle Dazzle that night would be a fun project for groups or organizations.

The beneficiaries of Razzle Dazzle Dallas are AIDS Arms, AIDS Interfaith Network, Cedar Springs Merchants Association Beautification Fund, Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage, Legal Hospice of Texas, Lone Star Ride, Resource Center Dallas and Youth First Texas.

To volunteer, sign up on the RazzleDazzleDallas.org website or email co-volunteer coordinators Ramirez or Travis Gasper at hramirez@rcdallas.org or tgasper@aidsinterfaithnetwork.org.

—  John Wright