|Photo by Eric Nielsen.
Grassroots Gay Rights West (GRGR/West) has announced record proceeds from REAL BAD XX. Ticket sales from this yearâ€™s nine-hour leather celebration allowed for five beneficiaries to share the $160,000 donation, which includes AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Dimensions Clinic, openhouse, 360: The Positive Care Center at UCSF, and The GLBT Historical Society.
REAL BAD XX working group event chair, Leif Wauters, whose vision it was to enrich the REAL BAD experience during its anniversary, said, â€śItâ€™s been an honor to be part of this very special year, and Iâ€™m not only overjoyed with the record amount raised for our hometown organizations, but that we gave our guests such a memorable night while doing it. â€ś
REAL BAD, produced by GRGR/West, operates through its Circle of Friends ritual: friends inspiring friends to gather in celebration to benefit community. Hosts and the generosity of sponsors provide the funds necessary to produce REAL BAD, allowing 100 percent of ticket proceeds to be donated to its beneficiaries. This tradition of grassroots fundraising has allowed REAL BAD, the longest running, most successful fundraising event of its kind in San Francisco, to donate to Bay Area LGBT civil rights, community services, and/or HIV/health-related organizations which were expanded this year from two to five worthy causes.
As part of their expended giving program, GRGR/West carefully reviewed the impact they wanted to have on the San Francisco community and fine-tuned their mission statement this year as such: â€śGRGR/West is committed to raising and distributing funds to grassroots organizations that strengthen the diverse populations that make up San Franciscoâ€™s LGBT community. We support organizations that create local impact, sustainable results, and/or measurable change, especially in the areas of civil rights, community development, social services, HIV/AIDS, and other health-related issues.â€ť
Internationally renowned London DJ Tim Jones wove together an exciting journey of classic and current hits to wow this yearâ€™s sold-out crowd at REAL BAD XX, which took place immediately following Folsom Street Fair at 1015 Folsom on September 28. Jones was chosen by GRGR/West from over 30 entries in the tradition of REAL BAD spotlighting previously under-promoted DJs in the Bay Area. Attendees were also entertained by an exciting light show in the main room and in the Vault - a space created in the clubâ€™s lower level for guests to escape the intensity of the event, by local chill DJ Beatdaddy and a bondage demonstration by members of the San Francisco BDSM community.
REAL BAD XXI will take place immediately following Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 27, 2009.