The East Point Possums announce 2010 Beneficiaries.
April 1st,2010

EAST POINT, GA- The East Point Possums organization announced today that their 13th Annual “East Point Possums Show,” would be held on Saturday, June 19th, 2010 from 8-11p.

This year’s event will once again benefit Atlanta Pride. New this year, sharing the billing with Atlanta’s favorite festival organizers, is the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative.

East Point Possum spokesperson and co-founder, John Jeffrey said of the charity pairing, “We couldn’t be more pleased to have 2 of Atlanta’s oldest and most well respected organizations both benefitting from this event!”

The full event lineup will be announced in mid-May, but is already shaping up to be an impressive cast! The program will feature show organizers, The East Point Possums, as well as the much-anticipated return of Drag Super Star, Gigi Monroe; perennial favorites, Ginny Tonic – a founding member of the Armorettes, and Alexandria Martin, along with the indomitable Armorette, Wild Cherry Sucrette; the East Point Villagers, and several other crowd favorites from year’s past as well as some newcomers – and as always with this entertaining event, a few surprises will be in store!

Possums Matriarch and co-founder, Rick Westbrook said of the event, “We have people from all over the region come out for the show – it really is a great showcase for the inclusive community we have in East Point.” He also noted, “This year, with adding the ALHI as a beneficiary along with our friends at Atlanta Pride, we continue to grow and do what we’ve always tried to do with this event- increase exposure for our beneficiaries, serve our community in a unique way, and showcase the amazing work that our non-profit partners do for all of us.”

East Point Possums co-founder, Chesley Thurman stated, “This is truly a community event. The show is designed so that every penny of the proceeds goes to benefit the charity for that year, or in this case- ‘charities.’ Atlanta Pride, ALHI and the East Point Possums volunteers will work to get everything donated - from the stage to signage and everything in between. Sponsors offset other costs; performers donate their time; all the tips are pooled and given directly to the non-profit organizations.” Thurman continued, “Atlanta Pride is a great organization that everyone is familiar with, and we hope to introduce more people to the Health Initiative. This event is an easy way to be supportive – just bring a bunch of dollar bills and have a good time with your friends!”

Atlanta Pride Executive Director, J. Sheffield said, “We were thrilled when the Possums approached us about selecting Atlanta Pride as the 2009 beneficiary, and so excited to be included again in 2010 along with one of our long-time partners in the ALHI.” Sheffield added,

“This is the kind of community event that is the cornerstone of Atlanta Pride. We serve the community, but in order for us to do that effectively, we need the community to support us, and this partnership with both the Health Initiative and the Possums does so in such a fun and entertaining way. We hope everyone comes out for this great event!”

Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative Executive Director, Linda Ellis added, “It is such a great opportunity for us – it is a way to allow our constituents to have a wonderful time supporting us, it is a platform for us to discuss the many programs we offer, we will have an opportunity to introduce ourselves to new supporters and clients – and to do all of this in partnership with our friends at both Atlanta Pride, and the East Point Possums organization is a significant moment for us.”

More details about the 13th Annual East Point Possums Show will be made available in the coming weeks. In the meantime- mark your calendars for June 19th.

About the Atlanta Pride Committee:
The main purpose of the APC is to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States through community activities and services.

The main mission of the APC is to provide lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons with cultural and educational programs and activities which enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, and foster an awareness of the past and present contributions of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons, through community activities and services, including an annual Pride event.

About the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative:
The Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of lesbians and other members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community through education, advocacy, support and access to care.

About East Point Possums:
4 friends from East Point, GA started this volunteer group. They began performing in drag in 1998 rather informally, but as their supporters grew they saw it as a way to raise money for their favorite charities. For the past twelve years, they have raised tens of thousands of dollars. After more than a decade they are responsible for one of the most well attended drag shows in the southeast. One of the 4 founding members passed away in 2004, and now the group performs in his honor, continuing the legacy of supporting worthy local nonprofits.

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