July 17, 2010 - RED HOT 2010 Recap
     I had the pleasure of again producing RED HOT 2010 on Friday, July 16th, the annual fundraising party at Oilcan Harry's to benefit Project Transitions.  And with such amazing live
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entertainment and the commitment of more than 150 volunteers and contributing businesses, the night was one for the record books!
   While the enthusiastic patrons perused the more than 100 exclusive silent auction items - including trips to Marfa and San Antonio courtesy of Bunkhouse Management and awesome theatre packages from The Paramount, The Long Center, Texas Performing Arts, and Broadway Across America - the members of the Shady Ladies softball team worked the crowd with food from M2 Lounge and The Screaming Goat.  Big props to
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personal chef and uber caterer Mike Pitts for keeping everyone sated.
   We kicked the entertainment off with my cabaret partners Murrah Noble, Megan Becker, and Walker Hill - with my music director Joseph Scutti on the piano.  Then the amazing cast of ZACH Theatre's summer production of The Drowsy Chaperone took the stage by force.  The cast of The City Theatre's upcoming production of Into the Woods upped the ante, and then the Austin Babtist Women stirred the crowd into a frenzy.  The lovely ladies of “La Cage: Vegas in Austin” and the incredible pop sensation Larissa Ness - with full band, back-up singers, and dancers - brought the night to a crescendo, just in time for the live auction.
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    And then I unveiled my surprise for the night - the unbelievable talents of the Austin City Showgirls.  When the dozen amazing dancers broke into a Rockettes kick-line, the roof of the nightclub almost took flight from the roar of the standing-room-only crowd!
     Community supporter Steven Higginbotham created the RED HOT event 19 years ago, and every year it remains one of the top Austin summer social and fundraising events.  And thanks to the staff of Oilcan Harry's - and especially visionary owner Larry Davis - the annual event continues to break fundraising records.
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     We're still tallying the numbers, but it's safe to say that the night raised many thousands of dollars for AIDS and HIV education and prevention programming.  Visit the galleries of our friends at TheRepubliq.com and JuicyThis.com to see what you missed - or relive the amazing evening!
 -  The Republic gallery here.
 -  Juicy This gallery here.

(Photos courtesy Seabrook Jones)