What A Drag 2020 Fundraiser raised over 1,300,000 pesos to benefit the Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter. This Puerto Vallarta charity fundraiser event is where Straight Men are Standing Up Against Domestic Violence. Since 2015, this fundraiser has raised much money for victims of domestic violence in this area. A safe refuge is provided for needy women and children with a shelter constructed in a discreet location. Compassion for the Family, Inc. is committed to providing this service in the Puerto Vallarta area.
Seven heterosexual men dressed as women each ably assisted by a Drag Mother who coordinates makeup, dress, wig and accessories to enhance the female beauty of these men for the very first time. Each contestant has her own sponsor. The new ladies are trained and rehearsed for a production number. Master of Ceremonies Hedda Lettuce read one submitted question per woman with their answers helping sway fans to their side in the voting. Each contestant receives his/her important solo time with everyone joining in the finale. Then the winner is selected by the audience’s paper ballots and awarded in grand fashion.. The Best Makeup artist is chosen also. As Hedda stated, “This is a Visual Feast.”
The Pre-Event VIP Party was held at Mangos Beach Club where Debby Holiday entertained with the Banderas Bay backdrop. Her masterful set ended with “Proud Mary”. During the evening’s show, Mary Porter danced and sang to “Redneck Woman” a la the Old West. Eli Estrada gave everyone the classic Latin number “La Cigarra” emphasizing where everyone is now, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. The lovely energetic Kim Kuzma closed the show with Celine Dion’s “I’m Alive”.
Sean Moore of Nacho Daddy auctioned off several top donations with his splendid bidding voice. What a Drag 2020’s Director was Javier Martnez with a large committee of volunteers led by Freda Thompson, Tammy Carithers Prust, WAD 2019 Winner Don Prust and other leaders in this generous community. The event was Produced by RE/MAX. The wonderful evening gets better each year.
This article written by Gary R. Beck of Beck’s Best: Theater, Cabaret and More!