I want to tell you all about Dixie Evans Week, which will take place on August 26th – September 1st, 2013. Dixie Evans, a treasured burlesque legend who has touched so many of our lives, needs our love and support more than ever at this time. If you are new to burlesque and don’t know about this incredible woman, read her amazing story here.
This post gives you all the key information you need to get involved with The Dixie Evans Week, which I feel is the most important thing right now, but I will follow up in due course with a celebratory feature, so stay tuned for that (and if you would like to support and be a part of this feature, please email me your Dixie Evans stories and encounters to email@example.com).
Please take some time to read through the following information about Dixie Evans Week and get involved where you can.
Announcing The Dixie Evans Week
August 26th – September 1st, 2013
Dixie Evans, The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque is the beloved Godmother of the new burlesque movement and during her birth week, performers and burlesque instructors from all over the world will host events, shows and classes to raise money for the burlesque legend and founder of The Miss Exotic World Pageant. With shows and classes already confirmed in NYC, LA, Dallas, Toronto, Australia and more, this is going to be a bawdy burlesque-packed week in honor of Dixie Evans. Help us honor the woman who kept burlesque alive and helped make the resurgence the wild success that it is!
Why does Dixie need our help now more then ever? In January of this year, Dixie Evans suffered a stroke. She is currently residing in an assisted living facility and receiving physical therapy. While the care Dixie is receiving is good, we in the burlesque community want to guarantee that level of care, and ensure that Dixie has access to every opportunity to speed her recuperation and continue to make her as comfortable as possible, including more access to physical and speech therapy. Our goal throughout this week of celebration goes beyond just raising funds for this amazing woman; we want to show her just how much the burlesque community loves and appreciates the hard work she put into not only preserving the history or burlesque, but fanning the flames of the new burlesque and helping it to become the world-wide sensation that it is today.
Thank you all for your support,
The Dixie Evans Week Committee
How can I help?
There are many ways to help. You can teach a class, put on a show or just make a donation to our funding site. Visit our contact page for more information on how you can join us in honoring Dixie.
What will these funds be used for?
We are raising funds to ensure Dixie gets the best care and rehabilitation as possible. While she is currently in a good facility, we want to ensure she has the resources to stay there, as well as be able to take advantage of more opportunities for speech and physical therapy.
Where will the funds go?
All funds raised in the Dixie Evans Week Drive will be deposited into an account to be used to cover Dixie’s cost of living and medical expenses.
Can I contact Dixie?
Dixie loves receiving letters, cards and glittery gifts! You can write to her at:
P.O. Box 1437
Las Vegas, NV 89125
What is the 100 classes for Dixie Evans Week?
100 classes for Dixie Evans Week is a drive to have 100 burlesque classes taught globally in August with proceeds being gifted to Dixie!
I have in-kind donations or items of value to donate to the cause, what can I do?
How about an Ebay Auction and donating the funds to our www.youcaring.com fund drive? You can also do a raffle at a participating show and gift the funds to Dixie!
I would like to throw an event in her honor, what do I do?
Just email Angie@pontanisisters.com; if your market is not represented by a show, you can submit yours! If your market is taken, you can help by supporting that show, donate to the fundraiser, and/or teaching a class if you are a burlesque educator!
How can I help spread the word about Dixie Evans Week?
Be sure to follow us and share our Facebook page, and if you post on Twitter, be sure to hashtag #dixieweek
It is time to join together as a glittery community and give back to the woman who has made it her life mission to preserve, educate, and celebrate the shimmery world of burlesque.
Press Inquiries: Please contact Shoshana Portnoy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Burlesque Instructors: To teach classes to benefit Dixie throughout the month of August, please contact Jo Weldon, Headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque and author of The Burlesque Handbook at email@example.com
Producers/Performers/Troupes: Want to host a show as part of Dixie Evans Week? Request a Producer Questionnaire at Angie@pontanisisters.com