This year’s Carnival Drag Brunch hosted by Patio American Grill in Provincetown on August 19 raised the most money ever in the 12-year history of this annual fundraiser to benefit Helping Our Women (HOW).
Joachim Sandbichler, Patio American Grill owner, said he was so pleased with the success of this year’s event. “We raised more than $35,000 and that’s $10,000 more than the $25,000 raised last year,” said Sandbichler. Since this event began helping HOW in 2007, the Drag Brunch have given HOW $148,740.
“Joachim and his staff worked very hard to make this fun event a huge success,” said HOW executive director Elizabeth Gawron. “Our Board of Directors and all the people we serve are most grateful to Joachim and the attendees who support the Brunch,” Gawron added.
All the funds raised by the Drag Brunch that featured MC Miss Richfield and a parade of amateur drag performers goes to support HOW which provides much needed medically related support services annually to more than 200 vulnerable women with chronic and life threatening health issues living in the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham.
The Provincetown Community Compact (The Compact) will memorialize the 49 Orlando victims at a special ceremony at Provincetown Town Hall on Tuesday, September 6 at 1:00 p.m. Each person’s name will be inscribed on a black Prayer Ribbon, then read aloud and attached to the 2,800 Prayer Ribbons accumulated over 25 years at the annual Provincetown Swim for Life. An additional ribbon will be inscribed for those injured in the Orlando attack.
After the ceremony at Town Hall, the Prayer Ribbons will be carried in procession to the Provincetown Public Library front lawn to be displayed through Friday, September 9. They will then be installed at the Boatslip Beach Club deck for the Swim for Life on Saturday, September 10.
“Like communities across the country, Provincetown was shocked and outraged by the recent massacre at a gay Orlando nightclub,” said Jay Critchley, founder of Provincetown Community Compact. “Since the early 1980s, Provincetown has mourned the loss of hundreds of people to AIDS and has responded with compassion and action. We share a kinship with the Orlando community and honor their strength and resilience.”
The public will also be invited to inscribe ribbons to honor victims of violence from communities across the US.
The Provincetown Community Compact, Inc. was established in 1993 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization by Jay Critchley as a community-building and philanthropic organization to support living artists and the vitality of the arts community. Its mission is to advance the health and cultural well being of the year round community of Provincetown and the Lower Cape – its people, the natural environment and the economy. The Compact also acts as a “Think-ubator” (incubator), offering fiscal sponsorship for social, environmental and artistic projects, and manages two dune shack residencies in the Cape Cod National Seashore.