Busty Benefit

Golden Rainbow’s 25th annual Ribbon of Life fundraiser was a sequined-filled success

Glittering showgirls and people of all ages donning fluffy boas filled the walkways leading to the Paris Theatre on June 26. KLAS Channel 8 news anchor Chris Saldana and Zumanity’s Mistress of Sensuality, “Edie,” hosted Golden Rainbow’s 25th annual Ribbon of Life benefit show, which featured entertainers from the Strip’s top shows putting a personal spin on Hollywood and Broadway classics.

The opening number, “One” from A Chorus Line, showcased veteran performers from each of the past 24 Ribbon of Life productions and set the scene for an afternoon laced with singing, showgirls, drag, aerialists, burlesque, tap, jazz and even babies dressed as superheroes. Highlights included appearances from singer Clint Holmes and comedian George Wallace, but the most touching moment was “I Know Where I’ve Been,” a series of monologues telling about people suffering from AIDS. It was a poetic reminder that the real reason for the festivities was to raise money to support Golden Rainbow’s mission to assist Nevadans living with HIV/AIDS.

The benefit raised more than $151,000, besting last year’s goal by more than $20,000. And there was already a buzz afterward about next year’s spectacular, which is scheduled to find a new home at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

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