by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain
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11th NO/AIDS Walk
Rakes in $200,000
The 11th NO/AIDS Walk brought out thousands of walkers to Armstrong Park this year raising $200,000. The new route led participants out the back of Armstrong Park, down Basin to Claiborne to Esplanade, then down Decatur, Canal and N. Rampart, back into the park. Replacing the Uptown route, this new route encouraged many more Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender walkers to participate on their home turf.
Top teams this year included Gap, Inc. raising $11,534 winning the Corporate Cup; Gap, Inc. raising $2,282 winning the Team of 10 Cup; Tulane University raising $1,258 winning the Chancellor's Cup; and, Isidore Newman School raising $328 winning the Principal's Cup.
Top individual again this year was Rip Naquin-Delain raising $7,500 winning for him and Marsha a cruise for two to nowhere. Naquin-Delain has been the top individual winner for the last eight years raising $72,287 over the past ten years. Other top individuals included Jackie Ruiz, $2,000; David Learned, $1,500; and, T. Wade Sutton, $628. Ambush Mag and AMBUSHonLine were two of this year's corporate sponsors.
LaSonny Weekend Brings Almost $1,000
for American Cancer Society
Miss Gay United States Universe Felina Colby Shane led a drive to raise funds in honor of two of her friends who died from cancer this year, show star LaWanda and Ambush managing editor/Webmaster Sonny C. Cleveland. Ms. Shane guest bartended and/or hosted raffles at 735 nightclub/bar, Voodoo at Congo Square, Le Roundup and Country Club. The weekend's festivities raised $937 for the American Cancer Society. Ms. Shane presented the funds to American Cancer Society's Jennifer Johnson at the closing hosted by the Country Club. The event was cosponsored by Ambush Mag.
Pride Festivities Bring Out Revelers
Oz kicked off Pride festivities in the Big Easy with its festive Gay Pride Show. This weekly Wed. night venue brought production numbers, live acts and individual renditions to the stage of this popular show bar. Bianca Del Rio, Raquel Chevallier and Lisa Beaumann opened the show with a stellar performance. But the crowd would only be treated to more of the best including Miss Clikque America Teryl-Lynn Foxx, the live singing talents of Fernand Jackson and the closing production bringing even Oz's own singing sensation, Tommy Elias, to the stage. Of course, Becky Allen did the emcee honors, and was as vivacious as ever, even using a new line or two that some of us had not heard. The Wed. night shows at 11:30pm feature a different theme weekly.
Flawless, the new hit Thurs. night show at 735 nightclub/bar was up next. Show director and Miss Gay United States Universe Felina Colby Shane has put together quite a cast of fabu stage personas. The emcee honors are shared, but Miss Gay Louisiana USofA Asya Alexander, does most of the monologue. The show bar in this huge club is on the second floor in the loft adjacent to 735's popular Bourbon St. balcony. Miss Gay New Orleans Jada Alexander, Rosa Miranda, Nikki Narcisse and Sha Ny'ia Ellis Narcisse rounded out this talented cast. This Gay Pride show was filled with hot dance and provocative renditions. Hosted at 11:30pm Thurs., the shows boast a different theme each week.
Faubourg Marigny Books was up next with its reception honoring author Patricia Nell Warren. Ms. Warren signed favorite selections of her works, most notably, The Front Runner. Host Alan Robinson was on hand representing GLBT Business of the Year, FM Books.
The first Pride Ball sponsored by Amon Ra, Ambush and Miller raised some $1,000 for Amon Ra and Buzzy's Boys & Girls. The highlight of the evening was the crowning of Opal Masters as the Cheridon Pride Queen in memory of the late Sonny Cheridon Cleveland, aka Christine Cheridon, King Cake Queen VI. The contest was judged on Question and Answer, Evening Fun Wear and Talent. First runner-up went to Felina Colby Shane with second runner-up to Jasmine Taylor. Other contestants included Jackie Diamond and Miss CC. This year's ball was hosted at Body & Soul.
The Mint's Gay Pride Show closed out the weekend on Sun. night. Show director Taylor Stevens dazzled this crowd of mostly women, along with the talents of Lady T, Savannah Lee, Bobby Ramone, Entertainer of the Year TT and Ava Sinclaire. This show bar has also become a hit bringing even more talent to the New Orleans' drag scene.
9th High Heel Pool Tourney
Brings Charity Totals to Over $42,000
The 9th Charity High Heel Pool Tournament brought in $3,748 raising over $42,000 during the last nine years for various team charities. The tournament is played between bar teams raising money for each team charity. The Awards Banquet was hosted by Angles in Metairie.
4 Seasons won the championship this year raising $1,087 for Whole Health Outreach, Inc. Second place went to Voodoo at Congo Square raising $562 for Food For Friends, while third place went to Cafe Lafitte in Exile raising $379 for MCC/Living Room.
Remaining rankings and charities included: 4th-Angles playing for Project Lazarus, $524; 5th-Footloose playing for Brotherhood, Inc./Trinity House, $524; 6th-Friendly Bar playing for Buzzy's Boys & Girls, $524; 7th-Another Corner playing for Belle Reve, $374 and 8th-Country Club playing for Lesbian & Gay Community Center of New Orleans, $524.
Total monies raised each year are split with 25% to 1st place, 15% to 2nd place and 10% to each remaining place. Four of the teams-Four Seasons, Angles, Footloose and Country Club each raised an additional $150 for their respective charities by participating in the Miss High Heel Pool Tourney Pageant won by the Friendly Bar.
The Charity High Heel Pool Tournament has been sponsored exclusively by Ambush Mag since its inception. Through its AMgrant program, Ambush Mag provides in kind advertising space and donates $500 yearly to the tourney pot.
Calendar Cover Boy Contest Shows the Beef
13 contestants hit the stage at Dance Bar of the Year Oz, competing in the coveted 2001 Cover Boy Contest. The contest chooses from the 13 Calendar Boy finalists selected from each month's Thurs. night Calendar Boy Contest.
Emcee Lisa Beaumann brought out the handsome contestants. Shawn took top honors winning $1,000. First runner-up went to Justin with second runner-up to John. Other contestants included Chris, Courtney, Jack, Jason, Jim, Lawrence, Paul, Ralph, Richard and Tim. Each contestant received $250 for returning.
Renowned photographer Carlton Mickle did the photo shoot for the 2001 calendar, which should go on sale in Nov.
The Calendar Boy Contest returns every Thurs. with contestants now competing for the chance to appear in the 2002 calendar.
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