It’s that time of year again: time for Richy Pugh’s birthday bashes, all benefiting the good people of Jerusalem House. Pugh, who owns What If Designs and Décor, first organized these parties to benefit Jerusalem House, where he sits on the board, when he turned 40. That first year’s party was a huge success, so he turned 40 again in 2012 and brought in more than $6,000 for the cause. Now he’s turning 40 yet again and seeing if they can top the funds raised from last year.
Since 1988, Jerusalem House has been providing permanent, supportive housing for people with HIV/AIDS and their families in Atlanta, giving homeless and low-income people the ability to have a roof over their heads and improve their lives. Today, they have almost 200 units and are the city’s largest housing provider of its kind. They have special programs for HIV-positive single mothers and their kids, community housing services and independent housing that still gives people the support and help they need.
So, why not enjoy some partying, some good food, some good drinks and some entertainment for a great cause? This is what Pugh refers to as his third annual 40th birthday benefit, which includes three different events with proceeds going to Jerusalem House.
First is a margarita bash at Caramba Cafe (349 Decatur St.) on Feb. 25 from 5–9 p.m. to kick off Dragavanza. A $12 donation gets you all the margaritas you can drink for the evening—but don’t forget to eat something from Caramba Cafe’s dinner menu, featuring fajitas, enchiladas, chimichangas and a special dinner for two that includes a little bit of everything. Caramba Cafe used to be in Virginia-Highland, but has moved to the Pencil Factory Shops near Grady Hospital. There’s parking in the back. At the margarita bash, tickets for the main Dragavanza event will be available.
Then on March 2 comes Dragavanza, happening from 6—9:30 p.m. at Jungle Night Club (2115 Faulkner Rd.). Legendary drag queen and actress Miss Coco Peru will be the guest emcee of the event. You may remember her from such TV shows as Will and Grace, Boy Meets Boy and Arrested Development, or maybe from the movies To Wong Foo… and Trick.
The performance features the talents of Regina Cartier, Monica Mitchels, Erica Lee, Amber Divine, Berlinda Wall, Mary Edith Pitts (Jerusalem House board member Richard Cherry) and the East Point Possums. There will also be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and more.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and you must be at least 18 years old to enter the club. The tickets are available at dragavanza.eventbrite.com, at Brushstrokes (1510 Piedmont Ave.) and at the margarita bash. On the Eventbrite site, there’s also a special option to make a separate donation to Jerusalem House if you’re feeling extremely generous. Note that Eventbrite does charge a small fee.
The day after Dragavanza, Miss CoCo Peru will be at Las Margaritas (1842 Cheshire Bridge Rd.) for an all you can eat brunch buffet with unlimited mimosas, a free tequila shot, a live DJ, a raffle and much more. This brunch will kick off at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35 and available on dragavanza.eventbrite.com as well as at the margarita bash.
Come out and enjoy some good fun, good food and good times, all for a great cause.