Chorale scores big bucks at Big Thickette, receives big grant

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Lisa Condo, Aida Lott and Shebeata Pinata at the Miss Big Thickette pageant and fundraiser.

We like things big in Texas, and the Turtle Creek Chorale has had a big week.

First, their fundraising pageant, Miss Big Thickette, proved a huge success on Sunday night. Usually, the benefit for TCC’s LifeWalk team nets around $4,000 for the night; this year doubled that, with contestants (and generous supporters) ponying up more than $8,000 in donations — a gigantic step toward the LifeWalk team’s goal of $35,000 by September. The winner ended up being Shebeata Pinata, with first runner-up going to Aida Lott and Lisa Condo taking Miss Congeniality.

Then last night came word that Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York has bestrowed an Art Innovation and Management Grant on the chorale. The exact amount of the two-year, unrestricted grant is confidential, though interim executive director Bruce Jaster characterized it as “sizeable.”

Yup, we knew it — Texas is full of “sizeable” queens.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

25 Stories of LifeWalk: Wendi Rothschild

PrintWendi Rothschild is an ally who learned through a friend that even though medications were available to keep people with HIV aline, the prescriptions sometimes had huge co-pays that people living with HIV couldn’t always afford.

She began walking with one of LifeWalk’s oldest and biggest teams, Guys and Dolls. Although she no longer lives in Dallas, LifeWalk holds a place in her heart and here’s her story.

—  David Taffet

25 Stories of LifeWalk: Raeline Nobles

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Raeline Nobles

LifeWalk, the  5K held each October to raise money for AIDS Arms and other North Texas AIDS service agencies, marks its 25th year this fall. And to celebrate, each Friday for the 25 weeks leading up to the event, AIDS Arms is posting another Story of LifeWalk.

This week’s story comes from Raeline Nobles, AIDS Arms’ longtime executive director, who retired a few years ago.

Check it out here.

—  Tammye Nash

More photos from Lifewalk 2014, by Chuck Marcelo

—  C Marcelo

LifeWalk 2014

Thousands of people participated in LifeWalk on Oct. 5. The total raised will be announced after money from final fundraisers and corporate matches are collected and should top $500,000. Photos by Erin Moore and Chad Mantooth.

—  David Taffet

Red Party kicks off summer of Pride with pool party

MG_4132The weather’s gotten warmer, and you’ve had all spring to get in shape, so it’s time you show off that body at the unofficial start of the Gay Pride Month pool season.  The Red 4 Life Pool Party, an afternoon event benefiting the Dallas Red Foundation and LifeWalk, takes place in Preston Hollow on Saturday, June 7 from 3–7 p.m. The limited-ticket event features an open bar, BJ’s bartenders, snacks and a chance to show off that bathing suit. Visit Red4LifeParty.eventbrite.com to get yours!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Gaybingo this weekend!

Screen shot 2013-09-20 at 12.31.00 PMOK, 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…

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

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It’s feeling like a charitable weekend around the gayborhood.

First, there’s the LifeWalk team the Elizabeth Trail’rs (sponsored by Dallas Voice) that is raising money for the October AIDS walk with a pool party at the Belmont Hotel on Sunday. Drop off a $20 donation and enjoy the sun and water, as well as cocktails, food, a 50/50 raffle and more. It starts at 1 p.m.

That leaves you time to head over to Mario’s on Lemmon Avenue until 4 p.m. for another Sunday Funday fundraiser: a happy hour benefiting the Lone Star Ride in September. If you can, try squeezing in Bagels & Booze at JR.’s with drag performances.

Even if you aren’t raising money, you can still enjoy some cocktail parties — both at the W Hotel. On Friday, Dick’s Night Out arrives at the Ghostbar from 6–10 p.m. with DJ Brandon Moses, pictured, spinning; then on Saturday, Lush Mixer takes place from 7–10 p.m. at Cook Hall, also at the W.

And you can say goodbye to one campy gay play and hello to another; Avenue Q finally ends its 100-plus performance run at Theatre 3 on Sunday. Then Monday is the official opening night of the hilarious musical Xanadu, which features roller-disco!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

LifeWalk fundraisers set this weekend

LifeWalkLifeWalk isn’t until October, but you can get started early with helping raise money for the AIDS fundraiser. Here are some events this weekend:

AIDS Services of Dallas Car Wash. Get your ride clean and contribute to ASD at the same time. IN the Round-Up parking lot off Throckmorton, Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Green Team Pool Party. A private home hosts a day-long dip and sip for one of the teams. 1010 Gregory St., Garland, Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

10th Annual Miss LifeWalk Pageant. Come root for your favorite ladyboy as she walks the runway for charity. The Rose Room inside Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road, Sunday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. $7 donation requested at the door; $17 reserved seating.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

PHOTOS: Oak Cliff’s gay-friendly Earth Day draws 5,000-plus

DFW Human Rights Campaign booth promotes equality

DFW Human Rights Campaign booth promotes equality

More than 5,000 people attended Oak Cliff’s gay-and-family-friendly Earth Day in Lake Cliff Park.

Many of the booths offered gardening tips and samples for the garden including the Rainbow Garden Club. LifeWalk was busy recruiting walkers for AIDS Arms’ fall fundraiser while Human Rights Campaign promoted equality from its booth.

About the only non-Earth Day-related merchandise — including bumper stickers, hats and T-shirts — was from Get Gay Stuff.

Oak Cliff neighborhood groups were well represented. A number of organizations did presentations on water management, composting, environmentally friendly landscaping and other earth-friendly topics, but the stars of the afternoon were the animals.

They included dogs staffing the kissing booth, dogs in costume for the best-dressed contest, goats and sheep in a petting zoo, raptors from the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center near Lake Lavon, a lemur and parrot. A porcupine was unhappy in his cage but his handler said all he wanted was to get out and play with all of the dogs in the park.

More photos below.

—  David Taffet