Cabaret hurtles Cotillion toward finish line

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imageVIEW PHOTOS | Studs n’ Suds Car Wash for Atlanta Cotillion @ Blake’s

With six months worth of lead-up events and individual debutante fundraisers, Sunday’s Atlanta Cotillion Auction & Cabaret means one thing: September’s charitable all-out drag ball is coming at you.

The auction and cabaret is Atlanta Cotillion’s biggest fundraiser of the season. Wildly popular each year, it’s most people’s first chance to see this year’s class of “debutantes” and their big sisters from past seasons. Performances (top photo from 2009, view more) coincide with background music by DJ Mike Pope and items up for bid like vacations, dining, artwork and more.

Buy online tickets to Sunday’s auction and cabaret in advance and let these gentlemen-as-ladies show you a good time.

In short, it’s the biggest fundraiser leading up to the main event: the annual Atlanta Cotillion Ball, set this year for Sept. 18 at the Foundry at Puritan Mill.

What’s Atlanta Cotillion? As if. OK, so you’re new to Atlanta and we can’t blame you for asking. Or maybe you’re just snapping out of a years-long daze. Whichever it is, here’s the scoop in a nutshell:

imageEach year, men who don’t do drag transform themselves to become debs in the most Southern tradition. From March through September, they hold parties, bar nights and other events—like the March Cocktail Fashion Show at Saks and like last month’s Studs & Suds Car Wash (bottom photo)—that raise money for AID Atlanta. The Cotillion Ball crowns its Queen based on who raises the most donations. More than $600,000 have been donated since the event’s inception.

The ball is a black-tie gala with a twist: the debs and most male guests don glamour drag, and their dates wear tuxes. Female guests in evening dresses and tuxes are also welcome. A limited number of non-drag tickets to the ball are available, and doing drag gets you a discount. Buy ball tickets online now.

And it ain’t over until the queen gets her crown. These do-go-and-have-fun stalwarts keep up the donation collections this weekend with Cotillion Night at Mixx on Friday, Aug. 13, Dine Out for Cotillion at Woofs on Saturday, Aug. 14, and the Cotillion Cabaret pre-party with DJay McCracken at Einstein’s on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 15.

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