AIDS benefit Boybutante Ball is Saturday at 40 Watt Club

If you planned on supporting the Boybutante AIDS Foundation this year, now is the time.

 

The Boybutante Ball, the organization’s biggest fundraiser, happens Saturday at the 40 Watt Club, 285 W. Washington St. in downtown Athens.

The theme of the 28th annual performance is “Peace, Love, and Hair.” The Boybutante Ball is an opportunity for the drag queens and kings of Athens to strut their stuff and others to attend in support of the AIDS Foundation.

The lighthearted message the show will bring is meant to offset the strong political tension felt recently during the presidential campaign season and election.

“It’s very appropriate for what’s going on in the world right now, but it also fits with our theme of ‘Can’t we all just get along?,” said Rob Hagwood, chair of the Boybutante AIDS Foundation board, in comments on this year’s theme.

Hagwood said he hopes turnout will be strong, since Boybutante is the main source of the organization’s budget for the year.

Previously, there were many small events hosted by the Boybutante AIDS Foundation throughout the year, but Hagwood has taken a different approach with fundraisers during his leadership. He prefers to have several large events that bring the whole community together as opposed to numerous small events.

“The purpose is to really bring us together and not spread people out too much at all these different events,” Hagwood said.

Anyone attending the Boybutante Ball is encouraged to dress extravagantly, keeping the theme in mind.

Drag queens and kings will take the stage all night for performances. There will be T-shirts, koozies and other branded merchandise for sale at the event.

Tickets are $25. The doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m.

Follow reporter Hilary Butschek on Twitter @hilarylbutschek or at https://www.facebook.com/hbutschek.

 

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