The Pride Center and Rainbow Advocacy hosted its 12th annual charity drag show on Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the TSAR.
The event, titled “Scream Queens,” raised money for Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center out of Saginaw and Bay City.
Though the show’s obvious intent was fundraising for Sacred Heart, Pride Center affiliates noted that it was still a campus event, directed at students and the community.
“(The event) is meant to create community engagement and a way to reach out,” said Teresa Casanova, a Pride Center intern. “Of course, we want to raise as much money as possible, but we also want to create awareness.”
Trevor Phelps, another Pride Center staff member, added that he hoped the event would “create a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community” and let students have fun.
The show featured local drag queens, all of whom donated their time and tips to the cause. The event also had a silent auction with gift baskets donated by numerous local partners, such as Modern Craft Winery, Rock Your Locks Salon and Painterly Pottery.
In addition to music provided by Cardinal Radio, there was also a photo booth and snacks available for purchase.
Money raised by the silent auction also went to benefit Sacred Heart.
Many students were in attendance and had a great time both watching and interacting with the performers.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Lydia Goodale, an education sophomore. “I’m definitely going to come back next year with more of my friends.”