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Dorinda Medley from Real Housewives of New York to Join DragOn: High Society

Annual Drag Ball Raising Funds for HIV and AIDS
4.24.2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (UPDATED)
April 25, 2016
Contact: Anthony Hayes l 917-601-0410 l anthonyh@gmhc.org

New York, NY--DragOn will host its fifth annual drag ball, this year themed, "High Society" benefiting Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), the world's first AIDS service organization. A new take on the tradition of drag balls, New York City's most creative talent will showcase costume and drag artistry through an event that reaches a broader audience while contributing to GMHC which works with the LGBT community and people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. (Click here to view promotional video). The DragOn events have collectively raised nearly $50,000 for GMHC, which helps our organization provide over 80,000 hot meals every year, provide HIV tests for over 3,000 people each year, offer free legal counsel for immigrants and so much more.

"The partnership between our two organizations is perfect in that we both leverage drag talent and creativity to engage and inform our community about HIV and AIDS," said Josh Machiz, a GMHC Board member and DragOn co-founder who along with other young supporters (some of whom connect through the network, GMHC Rising) produce this event in its entirety. "DragOn: High Society" is a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on New York City's LGBT community and allies in support of GMHC."

During the festive fundraiser, a drag ball contest occurs where contestants walk the runway and celebrity judges-such as Dorinda Medley, from Bravo TV's Real Housewives of New York and Drag Queen, Milk, from Logo TV's RuPaul's Drag Race-will pick the winner with the best drag costume. Music will be mixed by DJs from Occupy the Disco.
 
"Everyday, GMHC delivers life saving services for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, and without the incredible partnership of partners like DragOn we wouldn't be able to serve our clients," said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. "This vanguard event is a fun and fabulous way to celebrate our community, as well as help raise awareness and raise critical funds."
 
WHO:
GMHC, DragOn, Dorinda Medley from Real Housewives of New York, Milk from RuPaul's Drag Race, fashion designer Marc Bouwer, comedienne Deven Green, Miss New York Jamie Lynn Macchia, Occupy the Disco, drag performers, local celebrities, guests from the fashion, style, make-up and art industries   

WHAT:
DragOn: High Society
 
HOW:  For tickets, visit DragOnNYC.com
 
WHEN:
Saturday, April 30, 2016
8:00 pm until late
 
WHERE: 
Hudson Terrace
Garden & Salon
621 West 46th Street (between 11th and 12th Avenues)

SPONSORED BY: SVEDKA Imported Vodka, Kim Crawford Wines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, S'well and Occupy the Disco

RSVP:
If you are a member of the media and would like to attend, please RSVP to Anthony Hayes at anthonyh@gmhc.org. Photos and interviews will be available starting at 8:00 pm and throughout the evening. 

 

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About DragOn            
The first DragOn event was launched in 2012, by friends Tom Smith, Josh Machiz, Victor Rodrigues, Brian Paylago, Ryan Grevstad, Seth Taylor and Matt Tague. DragOn was created in the tradition of the culturally and historically significant New York City drag balls as an opportunity to contribute to organizations that impact the LGBT community. Now an annual fundraising event, DragOn is on the cutting edge of experimental drag, allowing anyone an opportunity to contribute to meaningful causes, while showcasing some of New York City's most amazing creative talent in drag and costume. Themes from previous years include The Dollhouse and The Animal Inside. For more information, please visit the DragOn website http://www.dragonnyc.com/.

About Gay Men's Health Crisis
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the nation's leading provider of HIV and AIDS care, prevention services and advocacy, serving nearly 9,000 people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in New York City, the epidemic's largest U.S. epicenter. As the world's first HIV and AIDS service organization, GMHC is an expert in providing services that every person affected by the epidemic deserves. GMHC is on the front lines caring for people who are both HIV negative and positive, including: testing, nutrition, legal, mental health and education services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020. Most recently, GMHC and other HIV and AIDS organizations successfully persuaded the federal government to recommend widespread use of PrEP, a new daily treatment that is over 90% effective in preventing HIV infection. For more information, visit www.gmhc.org.