In this week's "Better Know a Dorothy Award Honoree" segment, here's a Q&A with Mark Campbell of the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut
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The Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. The Court has raised tens of thousands of dollars for state organizations over the last decade, and looked fabulous while doing it. The all-volunteer organization turns over every penny they can, and this year's main beneficiaries was the Mid-Fairfield AIDS Project and the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. For This week's "Better Know a Dorothy Awards Honoree" segment, NHPC board member Thomas Donato had a quick Q&A chat with Mark Campbell about the Court's past, present and future.
Q. What was the first official event done by the Imperial Court? What numbers were performed?
A. The first official event done by the ISCofAllCT was the crowning of the first Emperor and Empress in February of 2000. As for the numbers that were performed that night, let's see, ....I know that we had a delicious chicken dinner. I guess you should have asked what did we eat!
Q. Can you share any tips on performing or doing drag?
A. Not being a draq queen myself, I can only tell you that these guys are nuts! Have you ever tried to walk around in high heels? I have and it wasn't pretty!
Q. Have your families ever seen you perform?
A. Many of the guys/girls have families that are very involved with every aspect of their child's life and do attend events. Some even have been given life time titles with the Court and have a great time supporting us.
Q. What is the mission of the ISCoAC?
A. Aside our formal mission statement, I would say our mission is simply to do whatever we can to raise money for needy causes within our community and to have fun doing it.
Q. How many members are part of the ISCoAC?
A. Right now the ISCofAllCT has 50 members who volunteer their time and talents to help our community.
Q. Do you Facebook? Do you Twitter?
A. We do have a Facebook address. Twitter, be real. I'm lucky I know how to do emails!
Q. Can you name a few of the organizations to which the Court has provided funds?
A. Gladly. The Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, Mid Fairfield AIDS Project, True Colors, Flock Theatre, St. Phillip House, The House of Bread, American Cancer Society, My Sister's Place, FIDELCO Guide Dog Foundation, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, Aid-A-Pet, AIDS Project Greater Danbury, AIDS Project New Haven, American Red Cross, Connecticut VNA Partners, Subacute Center of Bristol, Camp Hemlock and many others.
Q. What is your favorite event sponsored by the ISCoAC?
A. The favorite event for the ISCofAllCT is the annual Coronation Ball. It's our biggest event of the year and is attended by Court members from across the USA and Canada. It's a great night filled with pageantry and entertainment. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting www.ISCofAllCT.com The event takes place this year at the Windsor/Hartford Marriott on February 20, 2010.
Q. What is the key reason that Court has been so successful where other organizations have struggled?
A. Because we are all volunteers and no one gets paid for what they do, I think people feel comfortable giving donations to our causes knowing that all the proceeds go directly to the charities in their community. Not to mention our pleasing personalities, our incredible good looks and award winning talents.
Q. What can we look forward to from the Court in 2010?
A. Me winning the lottery....oh you said from the Court. Our continued support of the people living in Connecticut and the organizations that aid them. Increasing our visibility and raising as much money as we can for those in need.
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