Friday, January 28, 2011

The Party of the Year: The Aftermath

It's all over now and our Drag Queen Bingo fundraiser, hosted by Team Daddy-O Alley Katz on behalf of Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society was a bigger success than I had even hoped (and I was the idiot running around calling it The Party of the Year).

Here is some of what people are saying:

"It was great!"
"I had a blast! Thanks for the invite!"
"It was so much fun! We had a great time!"
"I won...I got to run around and make a fool of myself!"
"Played bingo with a bunch of drag queens and gay guys, and still managed to get hit on. Booya!"
"Is that Clark Brooks? It is! Why, he's even cuter and more charming in person! How is that even possible?"
(I'm pretty sure I personally heard most of those things 100% accurately).
Who was there?
Well, Amy DeMilo and Lynne Austin of course. Also sighted among all the beautiful people (and everyone there was beautiful): Tampa Do-Gooder Dawn Morgan Elliott and her hubby, rock legend Ronny Elliott, community activist Mariella Smith, cancer warrior/former Oprah guest/bra boy himself Dusty Showers, comedian Michael Lortz, up-and-coming poker superstar Tonia Williams, and even Dianne Reeger, captain of our beloved "rivals" Team Go Go. They were among tons of friends and family of all persuasions, who all came out to have a good time and support a worthy cause.
How much money was raised?
Oh yeah, that's a pretty important detail, isn't it? At the end of the night, Team Daddy-O walked out with a net total $1361.00 between the proceeds from all the bingo games donated by Hamburger Mary's and the spontaneous contributions to the "Cancer Sucks" box, every single penny of which goes directly to the American Cancer Society.
Can we see some pictures?
Sure thing! Check it out...
"Now, please, don't make me say it again; the slot is where you put MONEY, okay? Nothing else!
Why yes, that IS a macaroni & cheeseburger. And if the girl who ordered it is REALLY nice to me (heh heh!), I won't reveal her name in this blog...

Speaking of hot chicks, even The 23-Year-Old made an appearance!

Amy spins while Lynn displays a pair of balls. What? It's bingo!
(photo by Dusty Showers)

When people weren't feeding their faces, they were feeding the "Cancer Sucks" box
(photo by Tina Callen)
Me, Dusty and Lynne. Ooooh, shiny!

A packed house, having a good time, fighting cancer. What could be better?
(photo by Tina Callen)

I took over for Lynne, making a point of keeping my hands visible above the table at all times.
Wouldn't want anyone to accuse me of, uh, cheating.
(photo by Tina Callen)

Of course Dusty had to molest...err, accessorize the Mary statue on the way out.
  • Lynne Austin, Mike Pepper, Roxanne Wilder, Jim Lighthall, "Chicken" and "Dead Air" Sanchez of 1010 WQYK-AM's Hooters Nation Morning Show for the publicity, including letting us come in and commandeer 15 minutes of valuable air time.
  • Amy DeMilo for being our Queen, truly gorgeous, inside and out.
  • Kurt King and his entire staff at Hamburger Mary's for making it all possible in the first place. They make themselves available for non-profit groups like ours EVERY WEEK, which is amazing.
  •  Everybody who came out (and even those who wanted to but just couldn't for whatever reason; It's okay, I understand...there's a special footnote at the bottom of this post just for you!). The fact of the matter is YOU raised all that money for cancer! I just hope you had at least as much fun as we all did.
For those who couldn't make it to the event...
I know you feel bad. I don't blame you. I know better than most how difficult it is to accept every invitation to social gatherings that come your way, even the awesome ones. If it helps you feel better, go ahead and click this link to make a donation. I'm just here to help with your healing. You're welcome.

What's next?
I don't know yet, but there will be a next...something. Oh, yes there WILL! Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!


Dawn Morgan Elliott said...

Great job, Clark! It was what doing good should be: fun, exciting, and leaving you wanting even more! (Ixnay, however, on the fried Twinkies.)

lisa said...

Hey! You use my quote, you post a photo of my yummy food (yeah, that's right, I don't care who knows that I ordered the macaroni and cheeseburger), and then don't include me in the list of attendees!?!?! Where's the love, Clark????

Dawn -- Totally agree with you about the fried Twinkies. They were almost burned and totally gross.

Gail said...

Macaroni and Cheeseburger? Oh sweet Jesus, want!