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Purr's '70s party benefits Lambert House
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Purr's '70s party benefits Lambert House

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Friday April 2, the normally classy Purr came alive with grit, muscle, masculinity, and - of all things - disco wigs. As a fundraiser for Lambert House, Purr and the local rugby team Quake put on a night of '70s-style dancing, hair, and attitude, featuring special cocktails like the 'Psychedelic Punch,' the 'Groovy Baby,' and the 'Love, American Style.'

'[Purr owner] Barbie and I met to discuss a way to give back to youth,' said True Halliwell, a rugby player with Quake, bartender at Purr, and former Mr. Gay Seattle XXXIII. 'We came up with the idea to host a '70s disco party. I knew how much fun this would be and I suggested the Quake sell Jell-O shots to contribute to the donation. She was very excited and we made it happen.'

All of the greatest hits from the '70s were present, from the Village People's 'Macho Man' (1978) to Rose Royce's 'Car Wash' (1976) to 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' (1976) by Elton John and Kiki Dee to 'Stayin' Alive' by the Bee Gees (1978).

'The night was amazing; some of the outfits were incredible. The music was seriously a blast from the past,' Halliwell told SGN.

Twenty percent of all the special cocktail sales were donated to Lambert House. The members of Quake sold Jell-O shots in fashionable '70s attire. All the profits from Jell-O shots went to Lambert House.

'Barbie plays a huge role in the Gay sports community by sponsoring numerous teams,' Halliwell told SGN. 'She has a huge heart and is always looking for ways to give back.'

According to the mission, Quake RFC is especially focused on providing opportunities for learning and playing competitive rugby for communities traditionally underrepresented in the sport, including Gay men and men of color.

Quake RFC members have held and participated in fundraisers and functions as a team for the Imperial Court of Seattle, the Knights of Mantra (formerly the Knights of Malta) and Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

'The Quake is in my heart. Rugby is in my blood,' Halliwell told SGN. 'These guys are my family and I would not want to have it any other way. We are much more than a sports team; we are brothers. I have never been a part of an organization that is so accepting of all people. It feels great to be a part of something this big. When we are off-season, we still hang out with each other off the pitch. We celebrate birthdays and holidays together. We have a large number of dedicated fans who travel with us to all our matches. Aside from the intense passion to play rugby, I feel the Quake gives people the opportunity to feel accepted.'

For more information on Quake RFC or to join the club, visit their website at www.quakerugby.org.

Lambert House is a center for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth that encourages empowerment through the development of leadership, social and life skills.

In 2009, the Lambert house served 547 youth who received about 17,000 hours of direct service through more than 20 different programs. For more information on the Lambert House, or to make a donation visit www.lamberthouse.org.

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