July 1, SACRAMENTO—The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce has taken over operation of Sacramento’s long-standing monthly charity fundraising event, Drag Queen Bingo. Under the management of Outword Media Marketing Events, the Bingo fundraising event has raised more than $100,000 for local non-profit organizations since its inception in August 2009. Under the Chamber’s management, it will continue to be held monthly, from 7 to 9 p.m. on first Thursdays at Mango’s, 1930 K Street in Midtown Sacramento, with a different organization benefiting each month. The Thursday, July 2, event will benefit the Chamber’s non-profit Rainbow Chamber Foundation, which provides academic scholarships for LGBT and LGBT-supportive students. The August 6 game will benefit the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (SIGLFF), and the September 3 game will benefit Camellia Gay Softball Tournament.
“The Outword team and I are very proud of the support we have provided for local non-profit organizations with Drag Queen Bingo,” said Fred Palmer, president and publisher of Outword Media Marketing Events. “One of the best things about the event is that it has raised funds for all kinds of organizations and has brought together people from all Sacramento communities.
“The event is still successful and more popular than ever. But I have taken on other business and personal commitments, and it is simply time for us to let another organization take it on. We felt very strongly that we wanted to be sure Drag Queen Bingo would be operated by an organization with a solid staff and volunteer base and the infrastructure to keep it going and make it even better,” Palmer continued. “We have confidence that the Chamber will be a good steward of the event.”
Sacramento Rainbow Chamber President Paul Weubbe said Chamber board members and volunteers will run the monthly games and plan to preserve the event’s somewhat bawdy ambiance. Drag personalities Rusty Nails, Felicity Diamond and Do Me Moore will continue to emcee the events.
“The Chamber board is honored to take on the mission of continuing this great event that has done so much good in our community,” Weubbe said. “We’re excited to have the opportunity and want to use it as a way of connecting our LGBT community and causes with the greater Sacramento community. And we know it will be a lot of fun!”
A broad range of organizations have benefitted from the Bingo fundraisers, including WEAVE, Alzheimer’s Association, NorCal AIDS Cycle, Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, Sacramento LGBT Community Center, Gender Health Center, and Front Street Animal Shelter, to name just a few. Beneficiaries currently are scheduled through the end of 2015. The August 6 game will benefit the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (SIGLFF), and the September 3 game will benefit Camellia Gay Softball Tournament. Each beneficiary organization is responsible for providing Bingo prizes and volunteers to staff the event. Organizations typically raise between $500 and $1,500 per game.
Organizations wishing to be beneficiaries of future Drag Queen Bingo events may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Rainbow Chamber office at 916-266-9630.
Established in 2001, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber serving LGBT business owners and professionals in a six-county area, as well as straight allies who support our mission of fostering a prosperous, diverse and inclusive business climate.