GMHC’s first-ever casino night with a twist, Drag Royale, was a big hit! This incredible evening of drag shows, gaming and revelry on Oct. 5 at City Winery New York featured iconic performances from five of New York’s most scintillating drag artists.
Cacophony Daniels, Dev Doee, Jackie Cox, Jax, and Paige Turner dazzled the crowd with their inimitable energy, talent, and outfits, while our guests tried their luck at blackjack, poker, and other games of chance for luxury raffle prizes. DJ Trevor Fox turned things up a notch with smooth grooves all evening.
We thank Drag Royale’s sponsors, whose generous support made this special evening possible. High Rollers: Ted Ackerman and Geremy Kawaller; Door Dash; The Door and Kelsey Louie; the film Makeup and Lucas Ferrara of Newman Ferrara. Royal Flush: Mutual of America Financial Group; Paramount; and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Full House: Avita Pharmacy and Q Care Plus. Ace of Spades: Michael Harwood and Hush.
We also thank our wonderful raffle-prize donors: City Winery for a hand-chosen selection of wines; Caroline Schiff, the executive pastry chef for Gage & Tollner, for a custom cake; Tito’s Handmade Vodka for a cocktails gift basket; and Helmut Lang for two tickets to the Fall/Winter 2024 New York Fashion Week show. We also awarded gift cards from Libertine NYC and QC Spa, and two tickets to the 2024 GMHC Cabaret and Howard Ashman Award.
Drag Royale proceeds directly benefit GMHC’s lifesaving programs and services for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.
All photos by Justin McCallum