Drag Artist Pioneer Lady Bunny to Emcee Damien Center’s Grande Masquerade on October 16

Joey Amato | August 27, 2021

Damien Center, Indiana’s oldest and largest AIDS service provider will hold their 34th annual fundraising event Grande Masquerade: Majesté, on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The Majesté-themed masquerade ball will feature dinner, live entertainment, and a silent auction. Grande Masquerade has become one of Indianapolis’ premier philanthropic events drawing more than 600 attendees and raises vital funds allowing Damien Center to continue offering its one-stop-shop approach to HIV prevention and care free of charge. In 2020, the event was held virtually to continue the annual tradition while offering a safe alternative to large gatherings.

Guests attending Grande Masquerade will also be entertained by drag artist pioneer Lady Bunny, who will emcee the event. Lady Bunny is a multi-talented drag artist, comedienne, DJ, actress, singer/songwriter and most famously, the emcee and creator of Wigstock, the outrageous drag festival of drag and music which electrified New Yorkers every Labor Day for over 20 years. She has headlined gay pride events worldwide and has been lucky enough to share a stage with many of her idols including, Patti Labelle, Joan Rivers, and Jennifer Hudson.

Bunny has also made the leap to television and film, with appearances on Sex and the City, The Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson and in the feature films Dragtime (HBO), The Out List (HBO, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar, Part Girl, RuPaul’s Drag U and can be seen in the upcoming feature film My Dead Boyfriend opposite Heather Graham.

Who: Celebrity guest Lady Bunny

When: Saturday, October 16, 20216 p.m. –VIP reception7:30 p.m. –Dinner and main event

Where: Indianapolis Marriott Downtown,350 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis, IN


•$150 for general admission

•$250 for VIP reception that includes entertainment, complimentary cocktails, and early access to the silent auction

•Guests may also purchase a table for 10 at general admission of $1,500, VIP at $2,500, or Royal Court (VIP Premier) at $3,000.

•To purchase tickets visit: www.damien.org/tix.

COVID-19 Safety Plan: To ensure the health and safety of our guests, attendees will be required to show proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours prior to the event. Additionally, Damien Center will provide on-site rapid COVID-19 testing for convenience and masks will be given to all guests upon entry. It is suggested that guests wear their masks for the duration of the evening except while eating or drinking. Hand sanitizer will be available at each table and additional social distancing protocols will be implemented.