Celebrate the fourth annual Apocalyptic Ball and help raise money for AIDS Walk Colorado

This Friday, July 12, the 2013 edition of the Apocalyptic Ball -- dubbed The Awakening -- will take over the Denver Mart. A blowout fundraiser featuring dozens of diverse performances from local and national drag stars, burlesque dancers, comedians, musicians and more, the night aims to entertain and engage a wide audience for a good cause.

Denver make-up artist and performer Briceson Ducharme -- known also by his drag moniker Ginger Douglas -- is behind the event, which donates proceeds to both the Colorado AIDS Project and AIDS Walk Colorado.

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Ducharme started the Apocalyptic Ball fundraiser four years ago, setting out to raise a few hundred dollars for the two charities. HIV-positive himself, Ducharme also found the event to be cathartic; each year's theme reflects a new stage in his own life.

"The theme this year is the Awakening -- and what that means for me is a metamorphosis," says Ducharme. "The night will start out with a darker tone, and by the end of the evening the whole place will feel brighter. It's almost like the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly."

RuPaul's Drag Race alum Morgan McMichaels will make a special appearance, along with Ducharme himself, burlesque star Cora Vette, local dance troupes and plenty of Drag Nation regulars.

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Live tattooing, a hair show and a fashion show will be a part of the mix too, as this massive fundraiser returns to the Denver Mart for the first time since the inaugural Apocalyptic Ball in 2009. Ducharme says it was important to bring the benefit celebration to an all ages space, so the entire community could have a chance to participate and support his goal to raise $15,000 for the selected organizations this year.

The fourth annual Apocalyptic Ball: The Awakening goes down this Friday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Denver Mart. Tickets are $15, limited 10-seat VIP tables are available for $300. Food will also be sold throughout the night, with 10% of the proceeds going to the non-profits. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit the fundraiser's website.

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