For the last five years, Diva Dozen member Ginger Douglas (aka Briceson Buck-Ducharme) has produced the party to end all parties: the Apocalyptic Ball, an annual fundraiser that raises much-needed money for the AIDS Walk Colorado. This Saturday, the sixth and final go-round, The Apocalyptic Ball: The Regression, will fill Exdo Event Center with a night of fierce fashion and fabulous performance, all for a good cause.
Since 2010, the Apocalyptic Ball has raised over $120,000 (with donations matched 100 percent each year by a corporate sponsor), all on the shoulders of Douglas, who has used her position as a reigning queen in Denver’s drag community to elicit the help of this city’s elite performers, drag and otherwise, to put on a show that acts as the ultimate party should the world ever come to an end. Silent-auction items always help the donations start rolling in, while the performance runway gets ready for some stomping. Along with Douglas, who is co-emcee of the night, the 2015 party will feature a bevy of entertainment, including Bootzy Edwards Collynz, Jasmine Sexton, Jada Raven Devore, Krystina Fatale, Venus Sexton, Alexander Alba, Victoria Sexton, Yvie Oddly, Khrys'taaal, Jessica L'Whor, Izzy Dead Motherfucker, Violet VonGarter, Samantha-Donna Ciccone, Cardi Acarrest, Menaje E'toi, Ammon Swofford and the StaxXx Navy, with Alysia, Andrea, Ariel, Gia, Mia and Yazmeen; there will also be three fashion shows and scorching beats by DJ AJ Khan.
At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Ginger Douglas got an itch for cosplay that will be featured in a fashion show at the Ball.
Her Universe / Dress by Denver's K Street Couture
Why is this year's Apocalyptic Ball the final one for Douglas? A Colorado native, Douglas officially made the move to San Diego earlier this year to begin a new chapter — but with unfinished business here in Denver, she wants to set the clock back to zero. “Regression, it’s kind of a feeling of, well, we’ve gone through so many emotions over the past five years,” says Douglas. “I’ve known a lot of people over the years, and we’ve all gone through the roller-coaster rides and peaks, if you will, and get back into the sadness, anger, feelings that we’ve felt, the same ones that pushed us to do the Ball in the first place.”
With recent advances and discoveries in HIV prevention and treatment and a positive diagnosis no longer being the death sentence it was considered years before, the message might need a regression as well, despite the fact that the underlying goal for Douglas’s fundraising has not changed. “Raising awareness and raising money for those less fortunate has been always been the goal,” says Douglas, “and the continued legacy of those that were infected before this new revolution around HIV/AIDS, with Prep and new drug discoveries that might pull attention away from the topic. But there are still people who need money on a daily basis for food, clothing, shelter and even those very medicines, and I really hope to continue doing good as my own legacy.”
Ginger Douglas will always call Denver home, but she leaves behind a hope for the future.
Crystal Allen / Make Up by Katelyn Simkins
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The Apocalyptic Ball: The Regression starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, August 8, at Exdo Event Center. The event is 18+, and doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance from exdoevents.com and $15 the day of the show; VIP tickets are also available, with all ticket proceeds going to AIDS Walk Colorado. Red-and-black red-carpet attire is requested.