Drag Queen Bingo
Sacramento Drag Queen Bingo is a monthly charity fundraising event, produced by the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and held the first Thursday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., at Mango’s Burgertown, 1930 K Street in Midtown Sacramento’s Lavender Heights neighborhood. Cost for eight games of Bingo is $15, cash only, and proceeds benefit a different local non-profit organization each month. Follow our DQB page on Facebook to invite your friends and for updates on the next month’s games, its beneficiary and prizes!
Sacramento Drag Queen Bingo beneficiaries must be 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and are selected via an application process up to a year in advance. To apply to be a Drag Queen Bingo beneficiary, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application form.
Sacramento Drag Queen Bingo was launched in 2009 by Outword Magazine publisher Fred Palmer and was operated by Outword Media Marketing Events until July 2015, when Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce took over operations at Outword’s request. Sacramento Drag Queen Bingo has raised more than $150,000 for local non-profit organizations since its inception in August 2009. The event continues to enjoy strong community support and is a popular venue for birthday celebrations, bachelorette parties and office team-building, typically selling out to standing-room-only each month.
The participation of local drag personalities, such as Sacramento’s Do Me Moore, and bawdy call-back responses to the Bingo numbers (B-11: Legs to Heaven; I-21: Finally Legal) are a large part of the rowdy fun. Prizes, provided by the benefiting organization or community partners such as California Musical Theatre, are awarded to the winner of each of the eight games. In addition to proceeds the game, beneficiaries are given a designated time to pass the bucket or raffle off a prize to generate additional donations.
A broad range of organizations have benefited from Drag Queen Bingo fundraisers, including WEAVE, Alzheimer’s Association, NorCal AIDS Cycle, Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, Sacramento LGBT Community Center, Albee Aware Breast Cancer Foundation, Gender Health Center, and Front Street Animal Shelter, to name just a few. Organizations typically raise between $500 and $1,500 per game.