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Le Faux Holiday Extravaganza raises $$$$ for SCCC students
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Le Faux Holiday Extravaganza raises $$$$ for SCCC students

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Le Faux Holiday
Extravaganza
December 16
Julia's on Broadway


Julia's on Broadway presented the 2009 Le Faux Holiday Extravaganza on December 16, benefiting the Friends of the College Success Program. The dinner show included the full cast of Le Faux performing holiday favorites complemented by the Le Faux dancers. Shannel, best known for starring in the TV show RuPaul's Drag Race, headlined the show.

Friends of the College Success Program is an independent Washington State non-profit organization founded in 2009. Its mission is to support the students enrolled in the College Success Program at Seattle Central Community College. The group organizes fundraising projects and events, assists with volunteer recruitment, advocates for support of the program, and promotes public awareness of the many challenges facing former foster youth.

The College Success Program seeks to diminish the barriers to higher education that confront youth who age-out of the foster care system. A large percentage of these youth enter adulthood homeless, destitute, and as a social underclass due to the abrupt end of much-needed social, emotional and financial support. According to the organization, these hardships - coupled with the effort required to pursue a college education - cause many foster alumni to abandon their educational and career pursuits. They frequently become intractably homeless, underemployed, and often end up living on the margins with few or no domestic, financial or community resources. The College Success Program offers former foster youth financial assistance and support services which enable them to achieve academic success.

The night began with a public auction with proceeds going directly to the college program. Le Faux, Seattle's finest celebrity impersonator show, followed.

Le Faux is entertainment of the highest caliber. When it comes to female impersonators, it just doesn't get any better than Shannel. Sexy, sleek, and outrageous, Shannel is a star. Although her performances are infamous, her real talent shines through as a host. Be it a funny quip or banter with the audience, there's no mistaking Shannel owns the audience from beginning to end.

According to Julia's management, Le Faux incorporates Christmas songs in the show's lineup every December. The holiday cheer fit perfectly mid-show, between tributes to Britney Spears, Liza Minnelli, Kylie Minogue, Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, and Madonna. The Le Faux dancers were on hand to deliver wonderfully choreographed routines to accompany nearly every performance number. The dancers and aerial acrobats are an intricate part of Le Faux; the show just wouldn't be the same without them. In addition to the female personas, the incomparable Sean Paul has returned to Le Faux with an uncanny Michael Jackson impression. The illusion is there; as soon as Paul steps onstage, it's as if MJ is dancing right before your eyes.

After the show, Friends of the College Success Program officials and their guests were invited for a post-show "Meet the Stars" mixer. Audience members were able to mingle with the stars of Le Faux and take pictures with their favorite performers.

At night's end, the Le Faux Holiday Extravaganza benefit was a success. Typically, Le Faux is presented on Friday and Saturday nights at Julia's, but in the name of raising money for education, the show's producers and management pulled together for an unforgettable night of entertainment on Wednesday.

For more information about Friends of the College Success Program, visit the organization's website at www.collegesuccess4fosteryouth.com.

To make reservations for Le Faux at Julia's, call (206) 334-0513 or go online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

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