The Center to host “Welcome to the Jungle” party June 17

By : Alex Storer
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WelcometotheJunglePartyPosterBreak out your Tarzan costume.

Instead of a “Black and White Gala,” The GLBT Center of Central Florida will host a “Welcome to the Jungle” party this year on June 17 at the Orlando History Museum.

The event, which will be headlined by former Pussycat doll J Sutta, includes a silent auction, gambling, dancing, food, drink, stilt-walkers and free professional body-painters.

The Center, whose mission is “to promote and empower the GLBT community and its allies through information, education, advocacy and support,” is attempting something of a rebranding, according to board member Rob Domenico.

“Over the years we saw interest in [the Black and White Gala] decrease,” Domenico says. “We wanted an event that would bring in a new crowd that doesn’t typically attend our events. Lots of ideas were thrown out, but the jungle theme won by a landslide.”

Tickets for the event cost $65 each. The money will benefit The Center, which provides free HIV and Hepatitis C testing as well as counseling and various support groups and social events to Central Florida’s LGBT community.

Domenico says that the “Welcome the the Jungle” party “is not a formal event and it’s not a circuit party … it’s somewhere in between.”

“This is a community gathering and entertainment extravaganza with a lot of stuff going on,” Domenico says. “Our goal is to help people understand what The Center is all about.”

Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Be careful, though, if you decide on a costume.

“Everyone’s in competition mode,” Domenico says.


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