B.I.N.G.O. and Mardi Gras Drag Bingo is the name of the game… the game played on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Odd Fellow’s Hall, 223 SW 2nd Street, from 7 to 11 p.m. Beyond games, fabulous drag performer Poison Waters will be present to lighten the mood and crack a few smiles. Drop a $15 donation at the door, $10 for seniors or students with an ID, and get ready to get your bingo on.
VAIN, the Valley AIDS Information Network, is a non-profit organization located here in Corvallis, dedicated to supporting those with sexually transmitted diseases and their families within the area. VAIN is hosting the affair as an educational fundraising event to support both the community and raise some cash for themselves.
Mardi Gras Drag Bingo is, well, exactly what you would imagine. Costumes are not necessary, but are encouraged.
Although playing bingo in a Mardi Gras costume is great enough as is, the real treat is the performer and host, Poison Waters. Poison Waters, sometimes identified as her alternative ego, Kevin Cook, is a Portland-based entertainer and activist known for her wit and humor on stage.
Poison Waters is renowned in the Northwest for hosting events of all sorts and as a theatrical performer. Cook is a respected MC and an active community member, putting in time as Volunteer Camp Director for Camp KC, part of the Cascade AIDS Project.
If you want to learn more about AIDS, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections, meet people, and get your bingo on, head over to Odd Fellows. Grab a donation and bring your costume to the Corvallis Mardi Gras Drag Bingo Show Game Fundraising Event Night, guaranteed to be a lively, educational, and inviting evening.
By Anthony Vitale