Third Rainbow Ball on April 10 at UMM

Posted March 26, 2010, at 10:03 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — The University of Maine at Machias will hold its third annual Rainbow Ball from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Reynolds Center Gymnasium. The event is part of Bad Little Pride Week.

The Rainbow Ball is an open, chem-free prom evening that includes dancing, pictures, food and friends, a press release from the university said. It is offered as an alternative prom for youth who may be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered and their friends.

There will be events for youth guests the entire weekend of April 9-11. All associated high school and college students, youth groups and community members, including groups that are friends, are invited to attend the casual, safe, supervised and friendly community celebration.

This year’s Rainbow Ball has a “Back to the ’50s” theme. Professional photographer and UMM graduate Jen Reynolds will take prom pictures, which are covered in the price of the tickets. Sigma Chi fraternity will DJ the event. Bangor musician and recording artist Jessi Mallory will entertain guests with her Elvis impersona-tion, “Jelvis.”

Rainbow Ball tickets for college students and community members are $15 for one, $20 for two. Tickets for youth are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at UMM’s Murdock Bookstore and the First Stop. All ticket proceeds and donations will be used to support next year’s Rainbow Ball.

The prom and associated events have been made possible for the past two years by financial assistance from the Maine Community Foundation Equity Fund and private donors Joe Higdon and Ellen Sudow. Co-sponsors of the event include The Bridge Alliance of Bangor and UMM’s Student Senate, Diversity Committee, Omi-cron Delta Pi fraternity, Office of Student Life and Office of the President.

For information, financial support, and help arranging transportation or lodging, contact Betty Kelley, assistant to the president, at bkelley@maine.edu with “Rainbow Ball” in the subject line, or 207 255-1211. To learn more about the 100% Society, visit www.umm.maine.edu/100percent or find the 100% Society on Facebook.

Smith said the Rainbow Ball is scheduled at the end of UMM’s ninth annual Bad Little Pride Week. The following events are free and open to the public:

ä 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,” in Portside, Kimball Hall.

ä 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, diversity presentation by Liz Mercer of Down East AIDS Network, in Portside, Kimball Hall.

ä 7 p.m., Thursday, April 8, Open Mike with Chicks with Picks and Hurricane Bertha, Portside, Kimball Hall.

ä 7 p.m., Friday, April 9, Drag Show, Portside, Kimball Hall.

For information about Pride Week, e-mail Lois-Ann Kuntz, associate professor of psychology and adviser to the 100% Society, lkuntz@maine.edu with “Pride Week” in the subject line.

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