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Holiday fundraiser held at Café Metropolitain

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

A Happy Gay Holiday December 18 Café Metropolitain

On December 18, local performance artist Ryan Hazy teamed up with Café Metropolitain owner Quyen Luu for A Happy Gay Holiday, a performance fundraiser for the JC/Lady Graytop Memorial Scholarship fund.

A Happy Gay Holiday, produced by Hazy, was an evening of Jell-O shots, drag queens, live singing, comedy and more. Hazy hosted the show, along with the lovely Miss Madison Lane Weston. Guests were asked to give a suggested $5 donation for the scholarship fund, as well as participate in a live auction for everything from a Star Trek DVD box set to a holiday gift basket.

"Once every year, we reach a certain time of the holiday season where it's time to give back to others and the community," Hazy said. "It is a time for caring, sharing, being with family and friends, and building new plans for the upcoming New Year."

Café Metropolitain owner and LGBT advocate Quyen Luu told SGN he is happy to lend the venue to community based organizations that look to better the Gay community.

Throughout the night, performers donated their tip money towards the fundraiser and entertained the audience with everything from live singing to fabulous drag numbers. Although a majority of the evening's performers are members of the Imperial Court of Seattle (and surrounding Imperial Courts), it was not an official function of the organization. Titles and affiliations were put aside for the night for one common goal: raising money for education.

The JC/Lady Graytop Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 1977, is a permanent memorial to Emperor J.C. (James Christiansen) and Empress Lady Graytop (James Torchia), vibrant members of the LGBT community and The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and The Olympic and Rainier Empire. The fund was the first-ever Gay scholarship created in Seattle. Since its inception, the Court has awarded over $60,000 in various scholarships to deserving students.

"Every year, students from across the state apply for this scholarship," Hazy said. "Whether they are currently enrolled in college or about to go to college, this fund helps them with the cost of books, tuition and whatever else they can't afford to pay for."

In February, at the Imperial Court of Seattle's Coronation, the scholarship will be awarded to one lucky applicant.

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