Razzle Dazzle looking for submissions for 2014 logo contest

RazzleAfter using the current Razzle Dazzle logo since the event’s 2011 relaunch, the steering committee decided it’s time for a new look.

“Now that we have established the rebirth of Razzle Dazzle after three years of successful events, we are looking to add a fresh new look to our marketing campaign,” said Razzle Dazzle Chair John Lara-Cooper.

The new logo will be used in all marketing outreach and marketing. The contest is open to any individual or marketing firm.

Submissions will be accepted through Jan. 20, and the winner will be announced Jan. 31. The winner will receive two VIP packages to Razzle Dazzle 2014 and be recognized as a silver sponsor. Complete requirements and submission information can be found on the Razzle Dazzle website

Razzle Dazzle also is looking for a media/design partner to create all media, including posters, handouts, print ads, marketing and merchandising art. That partner will be recognized as a platinum partner. Anyone interested contact Jimmy Barlett at 214-855-5561.

—  David Taffet

Razzle Dazzle Dallas, MetroBall distribute $59K to beneficiaries


Razzle Dazzle Dallas presents a check for $43,000 to the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund.

Razzle Dazzle Dallas distributed $59,000 from its events to its beneficiaries last night at Sue Ellen’s. The total was several thousand dollars more than last year.

Thelma Houston headlined the Metro Ball at S4 on June 7 benefiting the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund. That organization provides financial assistance for critical needs such as rent and utility payments when all other resources are exhausted.

GDMAF received $43,000. That’s a $10,000 increase over last year. Razzle Dazzle chair John Cooper-Lara attributed that to a very successful silent auction and Houston’s enthusiastic participation in the live auction.

The Main Event, held on June 8 at Main Street Garden, benefited AIDS Arms, AIDS Interfaith Network, Cedar Springs Beautification Project, Legacy Counseling Center, Legal Hospice of Texas, Resource Center Dallas, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas and Turtle Creek Chorale. Those groups will share $16,000.

This was the first year the Main Event was held off Cedar Springs Road. The amount distributed to the community organizations was down from last year’s $25,000. Organizers plan to return Downtown next year and hope the event will build into a larger Pride party.


Board members from Razzle Dazzle Dallas with a check for eight LGBT organizations.

—  David Taffet

Couple gets engaged at Razzle Dazzle

Matthew Kowalewski

To some, the Razzle Dazzle Dallas Main Event in downtown Dallas last Saturday was just to party. But for one local gay couple, it also turned out to be an engagement celebration.

Matthew Kowalewski wrote to thank the Razzle Dazzle Dallas committee for throwing him and his partner a wonderful party, according to an email forwarded to Dallas Voice.

“He proposed to me at the event, and as we finally left, beaming, he said, ‘So how did you enjoy our engagement party?’” Kowalewski wrote. “As I walked around with my new life partner, he commented about the fact he never thought this could or would happen in Dallas, especially in his life time. He’s a native of Dallas and turning 70, Aug. 3.”

No word on when the wedding is.

—  David Taffet

WATCH: Razzle Dazzle in 90 seconds


DVtv segment producer Israel Luna recently returned to Dallas after an 18-month stint in San Francisco. Give him a warm welcome home by checking out his piece below from Razzle Dazzle Dallas at Main Street Garden on Saturday. Also, if you haven’t seen Chuck Marcelo’s photo slideshow, you’re totally missing out.

—  John Wright

Razzle Dazzle Dallas artifacts help piece together event’s history

In last Friday’s paper, I wrote about the history of Razzle Dazzle Dallas and how this year’s party returns to its roots. While I was researching some of the history, longtime Dallas activist Jack Evans brought some old RDD ads and programs to the office. Below is a 1992 ad for Razzle. Nothing extraordinary about it until I noticed buried in the middle of the text who the entertainment was that year.


The Dixie Chicks were a local band that performed at Sue Ellen’s every once in awhile. I wonder what ever happened to them. Nice group of women from what I remember. They appeared on my radio show, Lambda Weekly, once, too. Hope they’re doing OK.

—  David Taffet

Razzle Dazzle Dallas to return to its roots, hold 2013 Main Event downtown

Dallas’ June LGBT Pride Month celebration, Razzle Dazzle Dallas, will include an event  downtown for the first time in more than 20 years.

The 2013 edition of Razzle Dazzle Dallas—The Main Event will take place in Main Street Garden on June 8, organizers announced Monday.

After a decade hiatus, Razzle Dallas Dallas returned as a multi-day June Pride event in 2011. The reborn Razzle Dazzle Dallas was held on Cedar Springs Road as it had been at the end of the 20-year run of the original event.

This year’s Main Event at Main Street Garden will include entertainment, food and alcohol vendors, as well as retail, nonprofit and art exhibitors and sellers. A $5 admission will be charged. Beneficiaries have not been named.

When it began in the late 1970s, Razzle Dazzle Dallas was held outside the heart of the LGBT community in abandoned downtown warehouses and at the old auto pound on Inwood Road. The event later moved to the Automobile Building at Fair Park and Market Center Hall.

Other Razzle Dazzle Dallas events this year include MetroBall at S4 on June 7 and a pub crawl. A $100 VIP pass will include admission as well as parking, beverages and swag.

A full press release is below:

—  John Wright

Razzle Dazzle Dallas distributes proceeds

Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund board, from left, D’wayne Teague, Tony Rox, David Hearn, Greg Wallace and John Cooper Lara

John Cooper Lara, chair of the Razzle Dazzle Dallas board, presented checks to beneficiaries of the June events at Sue Ellen’s on Monday evening.

The Metro Ball, which took place at S4 on June 8 and featured Taylor Dayne, raised $31,500 for the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund. GDMAF provides financial assistance for critical needs through local organizations when other sources are exhausted.

Funds from the Saturday night street party were split among nine beneficiaries. Those organizations were Resource Center Dallas, AIDS Arms, AIDS Interfaith Network, Turtle Creek Chorale, Cedar Springs Beautification Fund, Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage, GLBT Leap, Uptown Players and Legal Hospice of Texas. That party raised $25,000.

Razzle Dazzle Dallas board, from left, Jimmy Bartlett, Johnny Humphrey, Chris Bengston, Thom Dance, John Cooper Lara, Kris Martin, Ron Adams and Howard Okon

—  David Taffet

Razzle Dazzle ends w auto show, Waterpalooza & street party

—  Rich Lopez

Razzle Dazzle Wine Walk postponed

Setting up the stage for Razzle 2011

Razzle Dazzle Dallas was scheduled to begin this evening with a wine walk and pet activities.

Because of severe thunderstorms, the event has been postponed until next Wednesday at 6 p.m.

According to marketing director Kris Martin, the Cedar Springs Merchants Association and Razzle Dazzle board voted this afternoon to postpone the wine walk because of the severe weather.

Volunteer training that was scheduled for tonight is also postponed. It will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at TMC.

Other Razzle Dazzle events will continue as planned. Thursday is the pub crawl that begins at 9 p.m. Metro Ball is at S4 on Friday.

For the Main Event on Saturday, the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 91.

—  David Taffet

Razzle Dazzle Dallas booth space available

Razzle Dazzle Dallas 2011 main stage

Booth space is available for the day and night Razzle Dazzle Dallas events on Cedar Springs Road on June 9. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on May 30.

Businesses, sports teams, faith groups, jewelers, clothiers, nonprofits, corporate affinity organizations and community groups are welcome to market themselves to the more than 30,000 expected buyers and Razzle Dazzle attendees.

A vendor application is available online.

The festival hours on June 9 are from 10 a.m. to midnight.

One Nonprofit Booth Space — $100
One For-Profit Booth Space — $150

One Nonprofit Booth Space — $150
One For-Profit Booth Space — $200

One Nonprofit Booth Space — $200
One For-Profit Booth Space — $275

(1) Electrical Outlet — $25
(1) 10’x10’ Tent, (1) Table, (2) Chairs — $125

Contact Dave Berryman at Bravo Event Groups with any questions.

—  David Taffet