The brunch-timed, fundraiser-themed event starts Sunday at 11 a.m. — the usual start for Papi’s Sunday Brunch Buffet — and continues for hours. Owner Oscar Valdivieso lives by the motto of go big or go home, after all.
But don’t set your clock to gay time for this event – show up much past 2 p.m. and you’ll miss the hunk auction. Yes, hunks for sale. Not that sort of sale, but for charity. The entire afternoon benefits three Cotillion debutantes – Jesse Rhodes (Gabriella Sofia “Sophie” Isabel) (bottom photo), Tim Hobby (Lotta Pusse’) and Ric Sosa (Sofia Santana “GiGi” de la Gorgonzola-Gonzalez) (top photo).
It’s the last big splash in a busy deb season. The finale – Atlanta Cotillion X – is set for Sept. 17 and caps months of fundraising by this year’s class of six gentlemen who dress as ladies to raise funds that benefit AID Atlanta.
The Cotillion recently put a burlesque twist on their annual cabaret (view photos) and has also hosted an egg-themed Egg-stravaganza in May, the Mayday T-Dance and the Cotillion’s season launch at Saks in April.
The debs have certainly done their part. Among the never-ending list of events, McCracy Iona “Mona” Fitzjohn – Miss Mona for short, aka John Weathers – did up Cocktails, Crooning and Catwalk in July.
Among other debs in contention for royalty, Sosa recently held an ab-tastic pool party to follow up a cocktail fundraiser in June that attracted Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner. J.D. Kellum — Jacqueline D’Bouvier VonSeco — hosted a Fourth of July Fiesta and the Water Fireworks Pool Party in June.
Las Margaritas is no stranger to big fun events. Its Cinco de Mayo celebration (view photos) is among the largest of the gay events celebrating the occasion. The Cheshire Bridge Road restaurant also hosts three Stride into Pride events later this month that lead into Atlanta Pride.
Top, bottom photos by Sher Pruitt