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posted Friday, May 27, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 21
Bat N' Rouge holds 13th annual game
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Bat N' Rouge holds 13th annual game

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Capitol Hill Alano Club (CHAC) is holding its 13th annual Bat N' Rouge softball game on June 18, at the Bobby Morris Playfield at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

All are welcome to attend the event, the last ball game at the park for the 2011 season.

'The Bobby Morris ball fields are to be closed by Seattle Parks & Recreation for major work to replace the lights, beginning on June 20,' said David Coburn, CHAC board member and interim president.

'As one of Seattle Pride's kick-off events, Bat N' Rouge this year features Seattle's own Gaysha Starr, who will host the event as mistress of ceremonies,' he said. 'Traditionally, Bat N' Rouge draws thousands of spectators, fans, and neighbors to watch this unique kind of softball and take part in a community event, designed for all ages. Besides softball, there will be music, entertainment, food, prizes, and more.'

As in years prior, Bat N' Rouge XIII pits the fashion sense of Seattle's drag queens against the athletic prowess of the dykes to see who can score the most runs and win the coveted trophy.

'Traditional softball innings are echoed by 'fun' innings, where spectators can purchase stunts or bribes to impact the game in favor of their team,' said Coburn.

Bat N' Rouge is an annual fundraiser to benefit the Capitol Hill Alano Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which supports 12-step recovery groups (in the LGBTQ community in particular) by providing a safe, permanent, and welcoming meeting space.

This year, CHAC needs your help more than ever. A break-in and fire on March 22 seriously damaged the club's building at 19th and East Madison, making this year's Bat N' Rouge fundraiser especially critical in getting that meeting space back in operation. Most of the club's 60 12-step recovery groups have found temporary space elsewhere in the city. The fire-damaged building is undergoing reconstruction, and the club hopes to be back in operation there in late June or early July.

Since its founding in 1982, CHAC has provided an important service by offering a safe space for the LBGTQ community and others, often in crisis, as they deal with and recover from many kinds of addiction.

For more information about Bat N' Rouge XIII and the Capitol Hill Alano Club, visit their website at www.chacseattle.org.

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