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Hey guys! Let me tell you about a fun event that I was very honored to attend. Two weekends ago, Balance Tampa Bay held their Masquerade Ball fundraiser at District 3 in downtown Tampa. The proceeds benefited the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas as well as Empath Health. The crowd was very large; I would say at least 200 people were in attendance. I am so happy that the community came out to support two wonderful organizations that do such great work. Also, hats off to Scott Kligmann and the rest of the Balance team, who help so many. Lots of love!

 

Thursday August 20

Tonight, the Zebra Coalition hosts the fundraiser Fall Fashion Give Back at Neiman Marcus‘s Orlando location. (Please use the Conroy Road entrance.) The event begins at 6 p.m. and there will be a fashion show, refreshments, a silent auction and a raffle. Proceeds from ticket sales, the silent auction and the raffle will benefit the Zebra Coalition. To buy tickets, visit zebrayouth.org.WHCF-3033_Thursday

Have you seen the hashtag #iknowkoristevens floating around? If so, use it! Come on down to Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa this evening, check in on social media, and use that hashtag! Kori will be hosting the amateur strip contest at midnight with The First Lady of Ybor City, Joey Brooks. If you’re out and about this weekend, don’t miss Joey’s shows: on Friday and Saturday Bradley’s Diva Esme Russell will perform! Crystle Chambers is in the cast on Friday and Lady Janet and Versage Holt are in WHCF-3033_Thursday2Saturday’s cast. Weekend showtimes are at 11:30 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.

If you’re a fan of hi-NRG music, then look no further than Enigma in St. Petersburg. DJ Xplicid will be spinning all night long with a high-energy top 40 video mix that will be sure to give you life! Get there at 10 p.m. so you don’t miss a thing! He spins until 3 a.m. Remember, Enigma doesn’t charge cover tonight or any other night!

 

Friday August 21

The Backwoods Bears are celebrating their 13th anniversary with a special bear weekend at Sawmill Resort in Dade City! There will be bear bingo, two dance parties, a steak cookout, a pool party, game show hour with Trixie and Dominique, and a special event in the garage! Reserve your cabin today by calling (352) 583-0664.WHCF-3033_Friday

Southern Nights Orlando just celebrated their first anniversary, and if you come out this evening, you’ll see why Central Florida just adores this nightspot! Tonight is Flex Fridays, “a night for men who love men.” There’s no cover before 11 p.m. for people 21 and over. There are two drag shows this evening in the Southern Nights Theatre, featuring Roxxxy Andrews, Maya Andrews, Tasha Long and Chevelle Brooks. Showtimes are at 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

 

Saturday August 22

MBA Orlando presents the fourth annual Pride Gala, which recognizes the businesspeople and businesses who support LGBT equality. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. at the JW Marriott WHCF-3033_SaturdayOrlando Grande Lakes. I was told that this year’s event will be a red-carpet affair, so dress to impress and say cheese for the paparazzi! Proceeds from this year’s silent and live auctions will benefit Orlando Pride. To buy your ticket, visit mbaorlando.org.

Parliament House in Orlando is hosting their annual Vegas Night fundraiser, benefiting the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida. Play poker, blackjack and roulette and you could win a $500 gift card to Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood. P-House welcomes back the top Britney Spears impersonator in America, Derrick Barry, for two shows with the Footlight Players (at 10 p.m. and midnight).WHCF-3033_Saturday2

Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg, in partnership with FabScout Entertainment, presents the Erotica Party tonight beginning at 8 p.m. Meet three sexy adult film stars: Daxton Ryker, Angel Rock and Alejandro Fusco. There will be contests and giveaways, lots of male dancers, an “Erotica”-themed drag show, and many erotic vendors. Stay the night so you can be there tomorrow for the big waterslide party hosted by Alexis de la Mer! To reserve your room, call (727) 321-5000.

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Mike Halterman
Mike Halterman has been the editor of Hotspots Central since its launch in July 2016. He joined the Hotspots Media Group family as editor of Hotspots' South Florida magazine in June 2013. A former "40 Under 40" honoree in The Advocate magazine, Mike lives in the Tampa Bay area.