Rainbow Cafe Virtual Gala and Online Auction starts Oct. 20


CARBONDALE — The Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center will hold it’s 20th anniversary gala and auction from Oct. 20 through Oct. 24.

The event will be held online as a virtual event because of coronavirus concerns.

From the Facebook event page:

Celebrate the Rainbow Cafe’s 20th Birthday with our Virtual Gala and Online Auction. Traditionally, our Gala is our biggest fundraiser of the year, helping us to continue our services to the LGBTQ community. This year, we will come together in a virtual environment. The Silent Auction will open on October 20th at https://www.accelevents.com/e/RainbowCafe20thAnniversaryGalaAuction and concludes on October 24th.Our Virtual Gala video premiers at 7 p.m. Watch on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyR6uJy_EeszeBMR3D7FCQ

Spend the evening with us and our guest MC, Holly Haliwell, as we honor our original Rainbow Cafe Board and enjoy entertainment including:

Curt Wilson
Elana Floyd Kennett
Loose Gravel
Jenny Pape
The Fine and Bawdy Wenches
The Jewels

Youth Performances

Encore Drag Performances from Blanche DuBois and Faim Lee Jewels
Premiere Performances from Rain St. Foxx, Kailey Kreme Santana, and more TBA

Key Notes: Voting and the LGBTQ Community:
Mike Ziri, Policy Director, Equality IL

LGBTQ Youth and Foster Care:
Tim Rice, Emeritus Board

Enjoy presentations to the original board, shout-outs from members across the community, and much more! We will post the Gala to our YouTube channel ad 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, the final night of the online auction. The event will also be amplified on Facebook and other Rainbow Cafe social media.