Scary-Oke offers cash prizes and fun at Diversity Richmond on 10/28
It’s that time of year again; where people go scouring Pinterest for the best DIY Halloween costume. And instead of going to the Spirit store and playing with all of the scary decorations and trying on all of the sweaty masks (I know I’m not the only one), you can actually participate in something less disgusting.
Scary-oke is coined a Costume and Karaoke GayLaLaLa and hosted by Diversity Richmond on Firday, October 28.
You might recognize Diversity Richmond from their non-profit thrift store located on Sherwood Avenue. Diversity’s mission statement is to provide as much as support to the local LGBTQ community here in Richmond through a grant program. Since its start in 1999, they have given out over $900,000 in grant money to local LGBTQ organizations.
This is the first year Diversity Richmond will host it’s Scary-Oke event. The idea sparked from a food truck event that local gift shop, Mongrel sponsored last year at their location. In addition to food trucks, they had a beer and wine truck, and karaoke with a $500 grand prize. The event was so successful, Diversity decided to give this idea another go round, only this time with a little more flair.
Scary-oke is combining karaoke with a category costume contest that will make for a Halloween extravaganza. Each costume category will have a grand prize of $250 and the karaoke hosted by Karaoke DJ Amanda Rogers has a grand prize of $500 cash. The winner of the grand prize will be chosen by a panel of local celebrity judges.
As any seasoned karoke-er would know, you don’t have to be Mariah Carey to get up there and belt, unless that is your Halloween costume of choice. “As long as you get up there and have a good time, so will everyone else” said Bill Harrison, executive Director of Diversity Richmond.
Is it starting to sound like a party? Well there’s more. Diversity will also be providing three cash bars serving up craft beer, wine, and cocktails and is being run by local LGBTQ organizations RVA Bears, LES Bar, and FEARs Bar. Scary-Oke will also feature a free photo booth to capture a postcard photo of you in your fierce costume.
All of the money raised will be funneled back into supporting the LGBTQ community here in Richmond. “The more money we raise, the more money we can put back into the community” Harrison said.
The party starts Friday, October 28 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Diversity Richmond. Tickets are $10 and you can purchase them here.
“If nothing else happens everyone will just a have good time, that we can guarantee. We’re billing this as the biggest Halloween party in Richmond,” said Harrison.
For more information, visit Diversity’s website here.
… there’s a helluvalot to do in Richmond if you’re queer and looking to be in costume someplace.October 26, 2016
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