‘Spectacular,’ ‘fabulous,’ ‘dragalicious’: Transformations Charity Gala wraps with big finale

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Transformations Charity Gala, the annual drag event that’s raised $150,000 for local nonprofits since 2011, came to a close this year.

The finale event, held Saturday at Liberty Hall, was a blowout celebration of how Transformations has truly transformed the Lawrence community through culture and awareness.


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The show was known for inviting professional drag queens to coach community members on their own drag performances, from synchronized swimming to stilt walking, in a competition to raise money for a local charity of their choice.

Though the finale event did not include a competition, it featured performances from past years’ coaches, including MsAmanda Love, Bianca Bliss, Widow Von’Du and more. It also included a “roast and toast” to the event’s founder, Deja Brooks, a drag artist and local icon known for fostering a culture of acceptance and positivity for the LGBTQ+ community.

Transformations has benefited dozens of local nonprofits throughout the years, such as Just Food, the Lawrence Humane Society, Theatre Lawrence, Trinity In-Home Care and more.

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Jordan Winter (she/her), a contributor to The Lawrence Times, is a 2019 KU grad with degrees in journalism and political science.

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