Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wear drag, help charities

This week's nightlife column profiles a pretty cool Friday event.

In Friday’s Downtown Drag-Race for Charity, participants will dress in drag and race tricycles in hopes of winning money for charities (Georgia Meth Project, Wounded Warrior Project, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley).

The Columbus/Fort Benning Cruise-A-Matics, a local rugby club, teamed with downtown businesses to organize the event, which includes a beauty pageant as well as the races.

Each participant chooses which charity receives his/her registration fee. Participants will compete in the race for money raised by the Cruise-A-Matics and donated by sponsors.

The first place winner of the tricycle races will determine which charity receives 50 percent of that money. The second and third place winners will each get to award 20 percent to their charities. The winner of the beauty pageant will choose where the remaining 10 percent is directed.

Anyone wearing full drag can participate in the event.