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What happens in Valhalla, stays in Valhalla

Students participate in drag show to raise money for LGBT scholarship

By K.C. Powers
On April 29, 2010

 Lights, camera, drag! The LGBTIQQAA put on their 9th annual Drag Show on April 23, a fundraiser for the LGBT scholarship given to those who participate at the Pride Center and Rainbow Unity.

"What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" was this year's theme at the 2010 performances. Oversized playing cards hung on the wall along with giant poker chips and huge dice. This year's emcees included "Tammy Whynot and JuanTaBeeva". Tammy has been hosting the show for five consecutive years and never fails to disappoint with her raunchy side comments that leaves her audience with sidesplitting laughter.

 Acts were consistent of performers dressed as the opposite sex, dancing and lip syncing to many of today's most popular songs. Some songs, including hits by Adam Lambert, Rihanna, Michael Jackson, The Glee Cast, and at least four by Lady Gaga  were played, accompanied by impersonations. 

Almost more comedic than the actual performance was the clever play on words students gave as their stage names. Some popular ones included two that went by the names "Adam Labia" and "Kevin Grabass". 

Each one brought not only laughter and roar from the crowd, but they also danced while members of the audience were allowed to come up near the stage and put money in containers or even the pants and shirts of  their favorite, Vegas style. Each student who performed had routines that consisted of original choreography.

All proceeds of the dancing went to the LGBTQ Scholarship Fund. Along with singles in a jar, the fund also collected raised money from a raffle, which included such gifts as free Subway Sandwiches  and gift cars from many places downtown: Pleasers, Players, The Root Note, and many others. A silent auction also happened   with over $500 in fragrances from Macy's. 

The LGBT drag show also concocted another unique way to raise money: genital- shaped baked goods.

Director of the Pride Center, Will Van Rooseenbeek, along with others of the Pride Center, helped put on a great show with a great purpose. The scholarship fund is one of few that is specially targeted to LGBT and their allies.  No one went home disappointed and next year is sure to be no different. 

If you are interested in being a member and participating in all that the Pride Center has to offer you can stop by their office located in the lower level of Cartwright. If you have questions regarding the Pride Center you call their office number at 608.785.8874.

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