Capital Pride

This Wednesday, June 9, Capital Pride celebrates its 35th anniversary with a high-brow soirée at the Donovan House (1155 14th Street, NW) that anyone who supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is welcome to attend.

The party begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs through 1:00 a.m. with a suggested minimum contribution ranging from $10.00 to $20.00 at the door. This is one swanky party that is accessible to nearly anyone, proving once again that there is something for everyone to enjoy at Capital Pride.

Capital Pride’s 35th Anniversary Celebration features a fantastic silent auction, specially priced culinary cocktails and nibbles, and complimentary light appetisers. The evening’s entertainment will be hosted by Capital Pride Hero, Miss Capital Pride 2010 Destiny B. Childs with live jazz performances by Dane Figueroa Edidi and The Afro Blue Collection, a performance by Potomac Fever, and spinning on the rooftop lounge by the Washington City Paper’s Best DJ of 2010, Keenan Orr.

“We are excited to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Capital Pride by offering a high-end party that’s accessible to everyone in the LGBT community and our straight allies,” said Dyana Mason, executive director of Capital Pride. “Thanks to the Donovan House, we can offer a diversity of entertainment, indoor and outdoor locations, and fantastic food and drink items. Even our silent auction has something for everyone. So mark your calendar and come celebrate Capital Pride at 35 this Wednesday night.”

Benefiting the educational and cultural programs of Capital Pride, the 35th Anniversary Silent Auction features more than 50 items, including: an opportunity to meet Capital Pride’s headlining performer, country music sensation Chely Wright; a collector’s guitar from the 2007 ‘True Colors Tour’ autographed by Cyndi Lauper, Rosie O’Donnell, Margaret Cho, Rufus Wainwright, Debbie Harry, and others; a 7-day Olivia Cruise; vacation packages care of Amtrak, Harrah’s Entertainment, Kimpton Hotels, the Carlyle Suites, and the Donovan House; baseball tickets to the Nationals ‘Night Out’; concert tickets from Clear Channel and Hot 99.5; art; jewellery; packages for kids, pets and much, much more.

Culinary items on the menu include specialty cocktails like the Capital Cosmo, the Lambda Rising, and Pride Punch, in honour of Capital Pride co-founder and 2010 Super Hero, Deacon Maccubbin. There will also be made-to-order sushi, plus dumplings, sliders and wings by Zentan Restaurant.

Capital Pride’s 35th Anniversary Celebration on June 9th is presented by Amtrak and Booz Allen Hamilton, and is not to be missed. Sponors include: Harrah’s Entertainment, Southwest Airlines, Amtrak, Olivia Cruises, Donovan House, Kimpton Hotels, Carlyle Suites, The Quincy Hotel, Hot 99.5, Coors Light Sporting Events, Nationals Park, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington Performing Art’s Society, The Phillips Collection, Hillwood Museum, Washington National Opera, The Cinema Pride Collection, Dane Austin Design, The Cherry Fund, Yang Ku Designs, Dogtopia, Macy’s, Estee Lauder, Fuzzy Ink, Wagtime, Nellie’s, PR @ Partners, Nail Bar, and Jade Floyd with DC This Week. The fine art show includes paintings, prints, and photography by artists Sondra N. Arkin, Dane Austin Criner, Christopher Cunetto, Anthony Dortch, Rachel Fick, Brandon Freel, Hernan Gigena, Scott Henrichsen, J Ford Huffman, Rob Vander Zee, and more.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Capital Pride runs June 2-13 across Washington, D.C. featuring more than 60 diverse educational and entertainment events. Capital Pride is a volunteer-based organisation that is open to all members, supporters, and allies of the GLBT community and is produced by the Capital Pride Alliance, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organisation. For more information about Capital Pride, including how to make a tax-deductible donation, to volunteer, and for a full calendar listing of events, please visit Capital

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