Virtual Drinks & Drag event to raise money for Bristol Hospital Emergency Center project

Published on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 13:26
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@MUSZYNSKIBP

BRISTOL -- The Bristol Hospital Foundation is hoping to “drag” some money in this weekend with a special virtual event.

Drinks & Drag, which was started in 2019 and canceled last year because of the pandemic, will be aired as a virtual event on Saturday at 8 p.m. The original show, which was held at Broadview Manor, was open only to Bristol Hospital employees and board members, but the performance this year, entitled “Broadway on Broadview,” will be open to anyone by visiting BristolHealth.org/drinks-drag.

Although the show is free to view, donations of at least $25 are encouraged and will go toward renovations and an addition to the hospital’s Emergency Center. Donations can be made at the show’s website or by texting BHFGive to 44321. Checks can be mailed and made payable to Bristol Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 977, Bristol, CT 06011-0977.

Following the airing Saturday night, the show will be available for viewing throughout the month of May. Donations will also be accepted during that time.

Performers include Chastity Singer, Barbra Joan Streetsand, Summer Orlando, Morgana De Luxe, Jena Doolittle, Mary Lynn Gagnon and Maria Salice.

“It took a lot of work, and they are all volunteers,” said Gagnon, executive director of the Bristol Hospital Foundation. “They love giving back to the community.”

Gagnon said the pre-recorded show was filmed in February and March with strict covid-19 precautions being taken. Performers wore masks right up until the moment when recording started, and clear shower curtains were used to separate them.

“It was all covid safe,” Gagnon said.

The performances were hosted at Broadview Manor by Bob Boudreau, Bob Alim and Kevin Prior. Special guest appearances can be expected by Bristol Health President and CEO Kurt Barwis and Dr. Andrew Lim, director of the Emergency Center. The show was directed by Allen Stone, and all of the editing and special effects were done by Wayne Morgan.

“It’s dedicated to our frontline workers,” Gagnon said of the show.

As of Wednesday, the virtual show had already raised $1,235. Hospital officials have set a goal of $7,500. The show in 2019 raised about $4,000.

Overall, a little more than $4 million has been raised toward the Emergency Center project. Gagnon said the goal is to raise about $500,000 more.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 13:26. Updated: Thursday, 13 May 2021 12:05.