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HERstory has been made: King of Queens 2016
May 3, 2016
Here it is folks: HERstory has been made. 

On Sunday, May 1st 11 contestants, whom had never performed in Drag, broke all records in the 6th Annual King of Queens’s fundraising competition supporting AIDS Care Ocean State. This event is what community support and advocacy looks like at its best and the agency is humbled and in awe of what you were ALL able to accomplish that evening. Six years ago- philanthropist, volunteer and outstanding community member, Alysha Brock, and the iconic Kitty Litter created King of Queens. Since its inception, the event has grown exponentially each year and has become a staple event for our community. 

The competition, the individual fundraising campaigns and the friend/family support was the fiercest we’ve ever seen.  AIDS Care Ocean State is incredibly proud to announce the grand total raised to support our programs and services was just over $40,000. The contestants themselves raised 32K of that total collectively.

Let’s just take a moment to let that sink in. 40K. 
That is $13,000 more than last year’s record breaking total. That. Is. Amazing.
That is free HIV/HCV testing for our community. That is FREE safer sex supplies. That is IDU support services and clean supplies. That is housing for those living with HIV/AIDS and case management support. That is rides to doctor appointments, and clinical services. 

We have many people to congratulate and to thank for this unprecedented and phenomenal evening. 

Firstly, thank you to our Hostess with the Mostess, Genesis, for a wonderful evening. 

Stacy Iasimone, AKA Wilma Finga-Do, from the Village, supported by her Drag Mother, LaDiva Jonz, took home the 2016 King of Queens crown and title and raised over $8,000 in her fundraising campaign.Well done Stacy!

Buck Asprino, AKA Olivia Gardens, from The Dark Lady & Alleycat and his Drag Mother, Gingah Rale, won the 2016 Fan Favorite crown and title. Buck and his team were able to raise a whopping and unbelievable 10k to support the agency. Breaking all Fan Favorite records in King of Queens history

Thank you EACH and every contestant and Drag Mother. Your dedication, creativity and commitment mean the world. Thank you: Micah Jencks, aka Ileen Dover, and Drag Mother Jealousy Jonz. DB, aka Dolce De Leche, and DM BB Hayes. Chris Coulter, AKA Soliloqueefs More, and DM Khloe Glamour. Joey DiStephano, aka Madame Cooch, and DM Haley Star. Paul Gagne, aka Anita Banks, and DM Genesis. Michael DiGrandpre, aka Deline Cion, and DM Payton St. James. Taylor Santoro, aka Dixie Normous, and DM Jennie Talia. Doug Still, aka Rhoda Tiller, and DM Ania Bangcocks. Ivan Hammond, aka Ivy Stone, and DM Kira Stone.  Special thanks to Anthony DeRose, aka Jacqueline DiMera, for all your support. Special Thanks to the Providence Eagle, The Dark Lady and Alleycat, The Village, Options Magazine, Bank RI and EGO. Special thanks to our volunteer photographers Jen Bonin, Jack Hartwein-Sanchez and Ryan Clarke. 

Thank you to our spectacular 2016 Judges: Trampolina Glenellen,  Bokay, George Evans Marley and Donny Mckendall. Thank you to AMAZING volunteers for everything you do and more: Carol, Tara and Erin. 

Thank you to past Partner in Philanthropy, Anthony, and his entire wonderful staff at the Colosseum hosting our event year after year. Anthony not only made a substantial donation to ACOS, but committed to competing in next year’s competition. We can’t wait! We were also thrilled to have Darren return to KOQ as our guest celebrity bartender!

Thank you Alysha Brock for your incredible and inspiring commitment to the agency and to your community. Brock received the official title ”Queen of King of Queens” and crown this Sunday as a small token of our gratitude for the work she does and her continued stewardship and tenacity.  You are our hero. 

Lastly, THANK YOU- for donating, for attending, for sharing the event. For cheering and making King of Queens the success that it is. 


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