Life’s a Drag event on Friday, March 25 will raise funds for Mazzoni
Eddie Malone got into drag performing almost by accident. Several years ago, the Tom’s River, NJ native was living in Charlotte, NC, where his roommate at the time was organizing a drag competition at a local bar. At the last minute, one of the performers dropped out - and Eddie’s roommate was in a real bind.
“He was freaking a bit, so I said, ‘I'll do it - it’s not like anyone will vote for me.’” No one was more surprised that Eddie himself when he came in first place.
After that, says Eddie, “I started performing here and there. But after I moved back to the Northeast, it kind fell to the wayside.”
“I consider myself a ‘Camp Queen’,” he explains, “and until recently that was not really what people wanted to see in New Jersey, though it has always had a strong place in the Philadelphia scene.”
After moving to Philadelphia three years ago, Eddie enrolled in a liberal arts program at Community College of Philadelphia, with the goal of transitioning into a bachelor's program in social work at Temple University. In the meantime, he's gotten involved with the school’s TSAQ alliance, which he says had grown "a bit dormant" in reecnt years. He also became a patient at Mazzoni Center Family & Community Medicine, and his positive experiences there convinced him that he wanted to give back in the best way he knew how - by organizing a drag show fundraiser.
“Life’s a Drag: an evening of Fun and Drag” will take place Friday, March 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, and will feature performances by Pissi Myles, Cyanni Famouz, Tilly Screams, Starla Skies, Vindetta Essince, Dalyla Mizani - and the always fabulous Lady Peacock. Admission is $10 and Mazzoni Center will receive 50% of all door proceeds from the event.
“They people at Mazzoni have always been good to me,” Eddie says. “I am not sure I could have made it through the last few years without the help of my doctor and my case manager. I now find myself in a much better place and in a position to give back, which feels good.”
This is Eddie’s first foray into organizing a fundraising event, and he admits it was daunting at first.
“I have never organized much more than my closet in my whole life,” he says. “I'd say that the biggest challenge was the time it took to truly get everything together - between work and school throwing this on top of it. It’s definitely a lot of work, but I am hopeful for a good turn out.”
The response from folks on campus and in the community has been terrific so far, Eddie says.
“Everyone I have contacted - performers, the college, and outside agencies have been wonderful,” he says. “Everyone just seems really eager to help especially when they hear it’s a benefit for Mazzoni.”
Hope to see you at Tabu on Friday night! For more info. visit the Facebook event page.