Straight Guy Drag-off to benefit EMT

Equality March Texas will host a "Straight Guy Drag-off Competition" Sunday, May 16, at 10 p.m. at The DoubleWide Bar. The event will feature straight male allies competing in drag and judged on overall appearance and talent.

Mia DuBois will host the event, with special performances by Miss EMT 2010 Nia Courtland, Miss Round-Up Alexandra De Vane and Julian Pax.

Admission is $10 and doors open at 9 p.m. The evening will include drink specials and a raffle for door prizes. All proceeds will benefit Equality March Texas.

For more information go online to or call Jacob Pendleton at 214-205-6224.

AIDS Arms announces new hires

Officials with AIDS Arms Inc. have announced the addition of non-profit veterans Kris Martin and Naomi C.T. White to the agency’s fundraising team.

"We are thrilled to have these two women as a part of our resource development team," said AIDS Arms Executive Director Raeline Nobles. "Each brings unique experiences, gifts and skills to our organization to help us meet the needs of a fast growing client population and expanding efforts within HIV prevention."

Martin has been hired as manager of individual giving to develop and retain major donors for the Call to Arms expansion campaign, a project of the Red Ribbon Society at AAI designed to raise funds to build an additional medical clinic in the southern sector of Dallas.

Martin has more than 30 years of marketing, public relations, communications and development experience, having worked with PBS, Dallas Voice and KERA. She also worked for Cathedral of Hope, where she assisted with two successful capital campaigns.

Martin is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association, Lambda Legal, Stonewall Democrats, KERA 90.1 and works as a community volunteer.

White will serve as development associate at AAI, where her chief role is to help manage the agency’s annual LifeWalk event. This year’s event, set for Oct. 10, will mark LIfeWalk’s 20th anniversary.

White has more than 12 years of marketing and development experience, having worked for Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the cause related marketing department, developing and maintaining sponsorship relationships. She has earned bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications from the University of Houston and is a member of Society of Non Profit Organizations and the American Marketing Association. •

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 14, 2010.

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