The Armory, Fort Lauderdale
Saturday, September 26
The festive and fun Reverse Quinceañera event is back for a fourth year! The fundraiser, organized by Julian Cavazos, is presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation and benefits Sunshine Social Services, Inc. (SunServe).
You are cordially invited to watch this year’s “damas” being presented to polite society this coming Saturday, September 26. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the presentation of the “damas” will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Afterwards, there will be a dance party from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. with music provided by DJ Robbie Leslie. Both the quinceañera and the dance party will be held at The Armory (400 SW 24th Street/State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale).
ABOUT JULIAN’S REVERSE QUINCEAÑERA
The “Reverse Quinceañera” first started in 2012 as organizer Julian Cavazos turned 51. The theme of the fundraiser came after inverting the digits of his age; at age 15, many Hispanic girls are presented as “women” to polite society. The event took on a humorous life of its own as men from the community were dolled up in makeup and fancy dress much like the young women are.
Seven “damas” will participate in this year’s comedic spoof on a quince; the people presented this year are Stefano Batista, Daniel Gibson, Sergio Medina, Todd Fogel, Ross Carson, Doug Cureton and Rob Angle. If you’d like to pledge to SunServe in support of your favorite “dama,” you can do so by going to juliansrq.com/meet-the-damas. Each participating “dama” has a page where you can click and donate directly before the event. You can donate at the event as well.
Tickets are available for purchase now. The theme for the after party is “Studio 51,” and attendees are invited to dress accordingly. Ticket prices are currently at $65 per person and include two drink tickets and a light buffet dinner. VIP seating includes unlimited cocktails and is priced at $125 per person. VIP high-top tables (seating four) and VIP tables (seating ten, including bottle service) are priced at $500 and $1200, respectively. A ticket to the after-hours dance must be purchased separately and it costs $25 per person. All of these tickets can be purchased online at juliansrq.com/events/jrq2015, by contacting one of the “damas” directly, or by contacting Julian Cavazos via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunshine Social Services, Inc. (SunServe) is one of the oldest social service agencies in South Florida. According to SunServe, their mission is “recognizing that the entire LGBTQ community has the right to quality care, our mission is to provide critical life assistance and professional mental health services with an emphasis on economically disadvantaged, marginalized youth, and senior adults in the greater South Florida metropolitan area.” SunServe offers counseling and support groups for LGBT youth and for senior citizens. SunServe also operates the Noble A. McArtor Senior Day Care Center, which serves nearly three dozen senior citizens each week and allows families and caregivers time off to finish errands and tasks inside and outside the home.
Julian’s 4th Annual Reverse Quinceañera, benefiting SunServe, is sponsored this year by Fast Printz, Metro Media Works, Rumors and Village Pub. For more information about the event, visit juliansrq.com. Get immediate updates on facebook by “liking” the event page at facebook.com/juliansannualreversequinceanerapageant.