JJC Drag Show to Raise Awareness, Funds for HIV/AIDS Nov. 21

The Office of Student Activities at Joliet Junior College will host a World AIDS Day Drag Show to benefit local HIV/AIDS organizations on Friday, Nov. 21 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre, located on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. Admission is $8 per person, with all proceeds going to local charities. Additional donations are welcome.

In the past five years, the drag show has raised a total of $5,600 for organizations that specialize in community education, prevention, and services for individuals with HIV/AIDS. Some of these organizations include the Will County Health Department, Regional CARE Association, AGAPE Missions, Community Alliance & Action Network, and Sisters & Brothers Helping Each Other. According to Amy Sims, JJC coordinator of student activities and holistic wellness, the goal is to raise $2,000 during this year’s show.

“The JJC World AIDS Day Drag show is family friendly, and it’s a perfect environment if this is an audience member’s first drag show,” Sims said. “All of the drag queens have their own styles, and they make their own costumes. They are volunteers who truly care about helping the HIV/AIDS cause.”

In addition to the show, several HIV/AIDS organizations will be in attendance to share information about their services. There will also be two AIDS memorial quilts on display.

For more information about the drag show, contact Amy Sims at 815-280-2202 or asims@jjc.edu.

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