Drag Ball to benefit AIDS victims

The spring weather will not be Kent State’s only ambiguous feature tonight.

Kent Student Center Programming and PRIDE!Kent is hosting its fourth annual Drag Ball from 9 to 11:30 p.m. in the Rathskeller.

Both men and women are invited to support a good cause by dressing up as the opposite gender.

Members of the audience will be able to vote for a favorite by placing money in the contestant box of their choice. The person whose box contains the most money at the end of the night will be declared winner.

As part of AIDS Awareness Week, all the gathered voting money will be donated to Violet’s Cupboard, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and families of people living with AIDS. The organization grew from the memory of a Youngstown grandmother who died in 1987 after contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion.

Female illusionist Chari Turner of Cleveland’s Bounce Nightclub will moderate the event and perform. Former Miss Kent State winner Natasha Nordstrom is also scheduled to take the stage.

Coordinator Autumn Piller said she was excited about tonight’s event and expected it to be fun.

“I think it will help out the charity a lot,” the senior psychology major said. “I’d love for people to come and support their friends and support others at the same time. I want them to have an open mind.”

To compete in the drag competition, sign up ahead of time in the Programming Office located in the Student Center Cyber Cafe.

– Ally Melling