November 29, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

“It’s a Drag to Give” to Raise Money for LGBTQ Center, Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition

Charity just got a whole lot more fabulous.

The fourth annual “It’s aDrag to Give” charitable event is back on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Long Beach Convention Center. This special one-night event brings together the community for an unforgettable night of drag to support the important work of four local Long Beach, CA nonprofits: Beacon for Him, The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, and WomenShelter of Long Beach.

Hosted by Jewels of Long Beach’s Hamburger Mary’s and community activist Ron Sylvester, this year’s performers include Tonya Martin, the right hand woman to Senator Ricardo Lara; Cory Allen, the Chief of Staff for Long Beach Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez; Tim Patton, the Long Beach Mayor’s Administrative Deputy; Isa Rached the founder of “It’s a Drag to Give” & CEO of the successful “B” Room Salon; and many more. Long Beach-based DJ Notorious Jen will be providing the music.

Guests can also enjoy cocktails and live music by Gerichoand Halle Johnson at a reception an hour before the event.

Tickets are now on sale for $10 per person. Purchase includes access to an exclusive after party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., with a special performance by Billboard Top 40 Recording Artist Ricky Rebel (as seen on tour with Britney Spears), plus a live performance by Aerial Butterflies and DJ set by Addiction. All proceeds, including all tips from this event will benefit the four charities selected this year. For more information, CLICK HERE or contact Isa Rached at Isa@itsadragtogive.com.

The Pride L.A. spoke with founder Isa Rached about this year’s event. Check it out:

Where did the idea for “It’s a Drag to Give” come from?

We (Rocio Rached (mom), Isa Rached (son) and Josie Quiroz (daughter) were looking for an idea on how to celebrate our one year anniversary of our business “The B Room barber salon”  My friends and I were watching a drag show and the ideas started coming, originally we were going to do a drag show with friends at the shop but as we kept sharing our idea more and more people wanted to be involved. the first year we held the event at the ballroom of the Breakers hotel we had 200 attendees and around 20 local business helping us out, it was an amazing experience.

How do you decide who to donate the proceeds to? 

Me (Isa Rached co-founder and producer of IDG) being gay we new we wanted to help the LGBTQ community and it was no brainer to choose The LGBTQ center of LB to do so, also we are an immigrant family so we also wanted to connect with a  non profit that helps and represent the immigrants in Long Beach so LBIRC what’s the one, originally the event was free with a donation of a toy or jacket that’s when we reach out to the Womenshelter of LB and beacon for him which is a homeless shelter.

From what we can tell, the event features several performers that are not exactly in the “drag” community, as the name of the event might suggest. What exactly can audiences expect from “It’s a Drag to Give” ?

That’s right we choose people from different background (gay, straight, men or women) so people can expect amazing people from our community from politicians to your local bartender put in on heels on and drawing fake mustaches to raise money for a good cause.

Why is it important to have the event/ why should people attend? 

There are different reasons but I think  some of the most important ones are first we are helping give back in a fun way to our community two this event brings people form different groups together to celebrate diversity, inclusion, love, it brings our community together and three some of our beneficiaries are counting on us to keep their doors open to help people in need.

What should members of the LGBTQ community remember going into the holidays? 

To love each other no matter their differences and the joy of giving back

Tickets are now on sale for $10 per person. Purchase includes access to an exclusive after party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., with a special performance by Billboard Top 40 Recording Artist Ricky Rebel (as seen on tour with Britney Spears), plus a live performance by Aerial Butterflies and DJ set by Addiction. All proceeds, including all tips from this event will benefit the four charities selected this year. For more information, CLICK HERE or contact Isa Rached at Isa@itsadragtogive.com.

Related Posts

LGBTQ Center Long Beach Adds New Staff

November 16, 2021

November 16, 2021

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach has added three new members to its board of directors as well as the new...

34th Annual AIDS Walk Long Beach

November 16, 2021

November 16, 2021

The 34th Annual AIDS Walk Long Beach, a benefit for the LGBTQ Center Long Beach and other local providers returned...

LA County Addresses Disproportionate Amount Of Women and LGBTQ Populations In L.A. Jails

November 16, 2021

November 16, 2021

On Tuesday, October 19, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion that the board hopes will do...

County Board Of Supervisors Approves $3.6 Million To Serve LGBTQ Foster Youth

November 16, 2021

November 16, 2021

L.A County Board or Supervisors has passed a supplemental budget to its fiscal year 2021-2022, which includes an allocation of...

City Council of WeHo Approves Draft Ordinance to Implement a Citywide Minimum Wage

November 10, 2021

November 10, 2021

The City Council of the City of West Hollywood has unanimously approved a draft Ordinance to establish a citywide minimum...

WeHo Approves Resolution Recognizing November As Native American Heritage Month

November 10, 2021

November 10, 2021

The City of West Hollywood City Council has approved a Resolution recognizing November as Native American Heritage Month. The Resolution...

WeHo Halloween Carnaval 2021 Cancelled

October 31, 2021

October 31, 2021

The City of West Hollywood is reminding the community and the region that the City’s annual Halloween Carnaval will not...

Zombie Beach In Venice

October 31, 2021

October 31, 2021

Venice Pride and James’ Beach will present a monstrous dance party titled Zombie Beach to celebrate this Halloween season.  The...

World’s First LGBTQ Mariachi Band Performs for the Center to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

October 26, 2021

October 26, 2021

Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles—the world’s first LGBTQ mariachi—entertained more than 50 Center clients and staff members with an exuberant...

LGBTQ Car Show In Long Beach

October 26, 2021

October 26, 2021

Great Autos car club got a chance to show off its Rainbow Car Show to the Marina Pacifica parking lot...

New Documentary Pays Tribute to Transgender ‘AIDS diva’ Connie Norman

October 26, 2021

October 26, 2021

A new documentary titled “AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman,” will pay tribute to the transgender leader in AIDS...

New Senior Housing From LA LGBT Center’s Ariadne Getty Foundation

October 26, 2021

October 26, 2021

The LA LGBT Center has completed construction of a new senior housing complex next-door to its Anita May Rosenstein Campus...

Team Trans* Walk-Out At Netflix Office In Hollywood

October 18, 2021

October 18, 2021

Netflix’s trans employee resource group is planning a Team Trans* employee walk-out on October 20th at the Netflix office located...

WeHo Announces “Hybrid” City Council Meetings

October 18, 2021

October 18, 2021

The City of West Hollywood will begin ‘hybrid’ in-person and teleconference city council meetings.  Starting on Monday, October 18th the...

Annual Youth Halloween Carnival Hosted By WeHo

October 18, 2021

October 18, 2021

The City of West Hollywood will host the Annual Youth Halloween Carnival.  The City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division...