Broward Bares It: An Evening of Gay Dancers, Music, and Comedy to Fight AIDS/HIV
More than 100 performers will "take it off" this weekend at the Paradise Live Theater at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to benefit Broward House, the county’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization. On Friday, Aug. 17, Broward Bares It will offer a sexy evening of burlesque, music and comedy. Under the direction of former Miss Florida Nikki Adams, this year’s theme is "Bigger, Badder, and Bawdier," and features 20 acts.
"It will be tastefully naughty," promises Adams, "with a lot of humor. We have two hours of really great acts, both national performers and local, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Broward House."
Headlining the show is Canadian comedian Lois Bromfield, creator of the 1985 television skit, "Sorority Girls from Hell," a cult favorite played frequently at local video bars.
Also taking the stage will be the sexy dancers of Boardwalk and Johnny’s, joined by singer Jennifer McClain, circus performers from Rainbow Cirque, the Gustavo Sumi Dance Troupe and dozens of the region’s most popular singers, dancers, performers and female impersonators. Adams, along with Florida’s Own Dame Edna and radio host Nikki Ramirez from Hot 105 will serve as emcees for the evening of burlesque.
Preparations for the show began more than six months ago and organizers expect more than 1600 attendees. VIP tickets sold out quickly but general admission tickets are still available from $35 at BrowardBaresIt.com, notes producer Terry DeCarlo.
With 15 locations across Broward County, Broward House serves more than 6000 men, women and children with services ranging from housing to medical care. The organization rarely turns away a client, thanks to the generous support of the community.
"Unfortunately with the weak economy, a lot of people living with HIV/AIDS must choose between paying for housing, food or their meds. We choose to never say no," adds DeCarlo. "That’s why we work so hard on our fundraisers."
The goal for the show is to raise $30,000 to support Broward House programs.
For more information or tickets, go to BrowardBaresIt.com. To learn more about Broward House, go to BrowardHouse.org.