Bearded Ballet: unique fundraiser

Considering that the amazing arts community in Homer recently presented performances of Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera, and Hamlet in the same week, it should come as no surprise to hear rumors of some sort of amazing theatrical production being planned for this winter. But even in Homer there are certain boundaries that have remained sacred.

Well, until now.

Enter the 2015 Homer Bearded Ballet Show Friday, Feb. 20. Produced by Homer Events and hosted by Homer Mayor Beth Wythe — behind a fake beard — and starring, among others, Chief of Police Mark Robl and Homer High School Principal Doug Waclawski — both wearing tutus, the Bearded Ballet Show promises to be one of those “only in Homer” kind of community fundraisers.

And anyone can play.

Here’s how it works. It’s a bizarro, upside-down, comedy/variety evening centered around a four-round competition with celebrity judges. We’re looking for teams, entries, or “acts” of any size, each representing a local charity or fraternal organization. The funniest team will win a $1,000 donation — to add to what their charity raises in connected fundraisers before and during the event.

And to make this a truly Homer fundraiser, every nonprofit and cause in town is invited to come host a silent auction booth or table in the Homer High School Commons before the show — whether or not they are entered in the competition. Just register and show up. If everything goes well, event organizers hope to raise more than $10,000 for the involved causes. Wouldn’t that be nice?

It’s up to you, the friends, supporters, and beneficiaries of our Homer nonprofits. Send us your funny people and start registering your nonprofit groups by posting your email on Facebook at “Homer Bearded Ballet” and let’s raise $10,000 worth of laughs.

For additional info, Facebook “Homer Events.”

Dax Radtke