VIEW MORE PHOTOS | Cotillion Silent Auction & Cabaret @ Opera
The league of extraordinary gentlemen known as Atlanta Cotillion put a burlesque twist on their annual cabaret on Sunday, and a raucous crowd ate up the last group-wide fundraiser before the climactic Cotillion Ball.
A rowdy bunch downed cocktails and bid on prizes at the Opera event space as they cheered a wide array of performances by Cotillion board members and alumni who took the show from campy and bawdy to pretty and pretty scary, all in the name of a good cause.
The men of Cotillion, who take on glamorous drag alter egos for one night each year at the main event Cotillion Ball, set for Sept. 17, throw the cabaret and silent auction to maximize their annual donation to AID Atlanta. The group-wide events add to the funds raised by the year’s class of “debutantes” racing to see who raises the most to be crowned Cotillion Queen at the ball and hold the title dear alongside just nine other alumna from Cotillions past.
While the 2011 debs work toward the crown, the Cotillion board 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 last month, and strikes again on Aug. 27 with the Summer Saturday at the Pool.
Among the other debs in contention for royalty, Ricardo Sosa (top photo) – whose alter ego is Sofia Santana “Gigi” de la Gorgonzola-Gonzalez – most 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.
Photos by Sher Pruitt