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|‘Boo-T Ball’ comes back|
|Written by Jim Farmer|
|Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00|
The following weekend sees “The Boo-T Ball Resurrection” party, benefiting Open Hand. The organization was founded to provide meals for people with HIV, and has now expanded to serve those with other serious medical conditions, the elderly and others in need.
Boo-T Ball founder Brandon Barron says he chose to add “Resurrection” to the title of the Oct. 28 fundraiser to show that the event is back after last year’s absence.
This year’s theme is “Carnevil.”
“’I’m excited to be able to revive the party,” he says.
In 2010, Boo-T Ball was not held because of bad timing and a lack of resources, so Barron and his team are especially keen on getting it going again.
“It was tough decision not to do it last year,” he says.
Boo-T Ball is being held in conjunction with the National Flag Football League of Atlanta, a gay flag football league, says Barron. He is the fundraising chair of the local chapter, which is one of more than two dozen chapters across the country. The NFFLA hosts tournaments throughout the year and also sponsors charity events/parties.
This year the event will be at Opera nightclub. On hand for “Boo-T Ball” are DJ Chris Griswold and DJ Justin Ryan. Lily White and performer Circus Envy will judge a costume contest at midnight with a $250 first prize and a $100 second prize. Admission to the event is $50 through Oct. 26 and $60 at the door.
Barron expects more than 650 partygoers this year and is eager for Boo-T Ball to grow.
The Boo-T Ball crowd is 70 percent gay but “we are open to everyone,” says Barron. “There is a real energy and vibe to this event. It’s not just a party – it’s people coming together for a common cause.”
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