Happy Holidays to you!
I’m really feeling the spirit, and as always, it’s full of sparkly goodness.
My co-producer DeVilla and I just put on our Second Annual Jingle Belles Holiday Extravaganza…it was a fabulous show, and a great turn out! I’m sitting here right now surrounded by three giant garbage bags full of toys, which , along with the considerable amount of money raised, are going to be delivered to my local fire department’s holiday toy drive.
I’m no stranger to putting on benefits… I’ve produced shows for causes I believed were worthy since 1985… but the generosity that is always shown by the performers who donate their time and talent, the selfless volunteers who work backstage, on the door and behind the scenes, and the very giving audiences who attend never cease to amaze me!
There is something very special in knowing that you’ll make the holidays better for children- and everyone goes all out. It never fails to literally bring tears to my eyes!
The Jingle Belles show took place December 10 at Skinny’s Lounge in Los Angeles, and featured world class as well as local performers. Some of the acts were holida-themed, others were'nt but it didn't matter, cause the spirit was there! We had traditional as well as tribal fusion belly dance, burlesque and stand up comedy. Thanks to those who performed: Ansuya, Rania, Lux LaCroix, Penny Starr, Jr. Leon Mancilla, Jennelah, comedian Selene Luna, Sherri Wheatley, and Devilla's troupe Isis-Siren Sekhmet. I’d also like to thank the club for having us- and I wish we could all see the looks on the children’s faces when they open their presents!!!!
I know many of you readers donate regularly, all year round…but in case you’re wondering where to donate, here’s some ideas for Holiday Giving Opportunities. These are just some links, please check the deadlines and specifications for donating in your local area.
Christmas Shoebox Project
Sleep Country Program for Foster Kids
Santa Paws Program for Shelter Animals
Salvation Army Adopt A Family Program
For Veterans during the holidays:
All photos and by Christina Maharet Hughes,
Graphic Vibe LA