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Knights of Malta and Imperial Courts throw holiday benefit extravaganza
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Knights of Malta and Imperial Courts throw holiday benefit extravaganza

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

A Holiday Show to Remember December 12 Neighbours Nightclub

On December 12, the Jet Chapter of the Knights of Malta (K of M), The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic & Rainier Empire, Bellingham's Imperial Sovereign Court of the Evergreen Empire, The Imperial Sovereign Court of Everett, The Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma, "Diamond Empire of the Cascades," and Neighbours Nightclub joined together for A Holiday Show to Remember.

The holiday party and drag show featured a 50/50 raffle as well as a silent auction to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and Lifelong AIDS Alliance's Chicken Soup Brigade. Guests and participants were asked to make a $5 donation at the door, along with an unwrapped toy or food donation for the charities.

"These five different organizations came together to raise money for two very important charities," Rod Fender, Board President of the Imperial Court of Seattle, told SGN. "The kids are our future. We want to show the kids that we do care about them. We feel it is important for us to get together and raise some money and collect toys for them."

Neighbours Nightclub, the backdrop for the holiday and drag show, was aglow with festive decorations. The venue truly brought the North Pole to the popular Capitol Hill dance club, complete with a Christmas tree and poinsettias. Throughout the night, emcees representing the different organizations acted as host and hostess as they introduced the different drag acts - 22 in total - and auctioned off everything from a porcelain doll to a French champagne gift basket. Adopting the age-old adage of Christmas is the season of giving, each performer donated their tips to the charities.

The holiday show kicked off with class as Michael and Rosita from the Seattle Court performed the beautiful Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli ballad "The Prayer." Other stunning acts included Dmanda Lott's rendition of "O Holy Night," Ryan Hazy singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" live, K of M Vice President Alex Taylor performing the George Michael hit "Last Christmas," K of M's Sahara Dior D doing her best "Santa Baby," "Silent Night" by Countess Charlotta, and The Golden Hearted Silver & Rhinestone Tiger Emperor His Most Imperial Sovereign Majesty Rainer XXXV Eric Bonesteel closing the show with "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas."

The evening also included some non-traditional Christmas songs such as, Bellingham Court's Miss Betty singing her X-rated version of "12 Days of Christmas," Starla performing Shirley Q Liquor's laugh-out-loud "12 Days of Kwanzaa," a fierce performance of Lady GaGa's "Bad Romance" by Dominique D'Amoeir, "La Vie Boheme" danced and sung by the Court of Bellingham, a comical K of M production of a Christmas medley with choreography complete with a tool belt and G-strings, and a rollerskate-wearing Annie Position's acrobatic version of "Xanadu."

The most impressive display of showmanship and instrumental prowess came when Peter from the Court of Bellingham, dressed from head to toe as a Scotsman, played "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "Amazing Grace" on a set of bagpipes.

The standout performance of the night featured Michael and Glamazonia entertaining the audience with Frank Sinatra's "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." The height difference of the larger-than-life Glamazonia and drag king Michael didn't stop the two from cutting a rug - at one point the vertically challenged Michael danced atop a chair to get on Glamazonia's level - with some impressive choreography. The unlikely duo clearly enjoyed themselves during the number, as did the audience.

At night's end, A Holiday Show to Remember certainly lived up to its name. Packed with Christmas cheer, great entertainment and enough glitter and makeup to fill even the largest of Christmas stockings, the evening was a success. This Christmas, thanks to K of M and the Imperial Courts of Seattle, Bellingham, Everett and Tacoma, a few more kids will have Christmas presents, and the Chicken Soup Brigade will receive a hearty donation.

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