Are we just being jolly or talking about the stage acts ? As some of you may know, I have never been one for Christmas. I've never had a real reason to celebrate, and the thought of doing Christmas spots made me cringe...
However, this year the tables have turned and I'm feeling a little excited, just like Big Kev! "A drama free Christmas...”
Hopefully I don't get a sudden heart attack from all the excitement lol.
2015 will see me celebrating Christmas with my son who is now living with me and we will not do the whole family thing due to work commitments this year. OMFG. Will it be all turkey and pudding or will it just be boring? Let’s see.
One good thing has come out of this year; the World Aids Day Red Party #5 at the last Heaven Social Dance at the NBC Sports Club! We raised $1397 on the night which went directly to ACON. This money will be used to help promote the ENDING HIV campaign which aims to reduce transmission of HIV by 80% by the year 2020... I would like to say a big Thank You to the 15 performers and the 3 fabulous hosts Kerry Ann Canally & LayDee KinMee + Myself. It was not one of our biggest nights - but it was okay - with over 130 people attending Heaven.
Also a big thank to all our regulars that have supported us in 2015 and my partner in crime Ian for helping me this year.
Hopefully this will be a sign of 2016 and patrons will continue to support social nights in Western Sydney that give back to the gay community. We can’t do it without you all – so we look forward to seeing you at all the events in the new year!
By now most people will know that we have reduced all the different social dances Western Sydney was organising to just one Social Dance “brand”. The incredible Heaven will be returning on the 09th January with the committee looking for some new talent to perform at our social nights in Western Sydney and give Western Sydney queens a place to perform.
We present "The Drag Factor" on the 9th of January, a fun night out – where we will be looking for our show cast to represent western Sydney in 2016!
Drag Queens and Drag Kings mainly from Western Sydney will be allowed to audition with cash prizes on the night and paid gigs for the 2 finalists. We hope this will encourage local folks to develop their drag and performance skills! The competition will be a part of Heaven in a one off night on the 09th January proudly sponsored by The DragMaker & Acon – if you are interested in taking part, please visit the whats on link of the Heaven website for all the details.
Whilst on this subject I do not do drag for a living as I have a full time job and my first priority will always be to the GLBTI community providing safe environments, raise awareness and money. (As Heaven and Kaleidoscope have done over the years raising over $24,400 for ACON & The western suburbs haven).
I really hope that I can continue to do this in 2016 with your help. Please support our nights in Western Sydney. Please be aware that these social dances are not for profit social nights with all proceeds after initial costs being donated to charity.
Initial costs are Function Fees, DJ Hire, Small Entertainment Budget. On average we will need now 80 people to attend every heaven dance otherwise the only dance left in the western suburbs will come to a END in 2016 due to increased costs of running the dance.
A big thank you to ACON that have come on board to sponsor Heaven Social Dance in 2016 and see my vision in providing a safe place for the GLBTQI Community to socialize in western Sydney.
Its official - l am officially DEAD as a queen!! (LOL)
My drag daughter, the incredible Laydee Kinmee will take over as entertainment co-ordinator for Heaven in 2016, don't get me started about my other drag daughter who went to get a latte and hasn't come back and has never been seen or heard from since! (hopefully she isn't dead like me!)
I sometimes believe people are complacent and may not support the one social dance left in 2016 so changes had to be made to keep it "FRESH" at heaven social dance that is!!
Time will only tell if we will be around in 2017 – it’s all up to you guys – if you want it to continue – it will make it 10 years old! WOWEE!! And holy shit I will be 50.
It will be very interesting to see how many of my drag friends stay my friends in 2016 because I am unable to give them all paid work now.
Until next time gorgeous Merry Christmas and a Gay New Year.
Love BB www.beverlybuttercup.com
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