Call for Sponsorships! Six Family-Friendly Drag Show this Summer

Call for sponsorships! Six family-friendly drag shows this summer - we are only $800 from our fundraising goal. Read more!

Did you know that Asheville, NC is home to 83% more LGBTQ+ individuals than any other city in the country? As Ashevillians, we pride ourselves on the “weirdom and queerdom” in our eclectic WNC city, and we have an opportunity too good to pass up to celebrate our colorful diversity.

The lead sponsor, Z Wood Media, is only $800 from its fundraising goal of $1,800 to host six FREE family-friendly drag shows this summer, and your sponsorship of as little as $100 gets us closer to our goal so we don’t have to make these ticketed events. The $1,800 will pay the performers and DJs, as well as provide refreshments for our performers backstage.

We are asking our local businesses to help support these events which are normally at 11pm at a bar, and parents with small children can’t easily go out to enjoy a show and support our local performers. As an Asheville small business, this is your chance to help provide these opportunities for parents and kids alike to see the beauty and awe of performances that are the historic backbone of the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

Along with your sponsorship, we encourage you to attend each event to table with swag and of course invite your family and friends! All sponsors will be announced and thanked at the beginning and end of each event. We will have a host and three performers at each show.

All performers have been booked, so let’s make this happen!

The great news is we have already gained $1,000 in sponsorships from Blue Ridge Pride and the Matt & Molly Team realty company. Additionally, Benjy Greene, owner of Banks Ave, has agreed to host all six events (a value of $3,600). All shows are on Saturdays from 12pm to 2pm on the following dates:

  • Sat June 11
  • Sat June 25
  • Sat July 9
  • Sat July 23
  • Sat Aug 6
  • Sat Aug 20

Any funds provided beyond the $1,800 goal will be donated to Youth OUTright and Tranzmission. Audience members can also donate to these two amazing organizations during each of the six shows.

If your business isn’t able to be a sponsor at this time, please spread the word to any other business owners that you think may be interested in being a sponsor. If you have any questions, contact Zee Wood with Z Wood Media at zwood.writer@gmail.com

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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