It was red dresses, red carpets and a red-hot night at the Commodore last weekend as local celebs came out to support the GLBA (Gay and Lesbian Business Association) 2008 Red Dress Ball. I was very honoured to be asked to co-host on the red carpet alongside Joan-E, drag queen extraordinaire and actor from the movie Connie and Carla. Performances by Five Alarm Funk, Sweet Soul Burlesque and Symone rounded out an evening of fundraising for the Youth Scholarship Fund. But the heat didn’t stop there as the Jet Set Crew gang got a jump on summer with a High Rollers invite-only party at Edgewater Casino featuring Fierce Angel’s heavyweight DJ Mark Doyle direct from London. Also, congratulations go out to the Smoking Dog restaurant in Kits on its third anniversary. Blues man Jim Byrnes entertained as guests filled the patio and sipped from selections featured on the new wine list. Cheers!
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Jet Set Crew founder Craig Stowe, left, entertains guests, like Edgewater
Casino’s assistant GM Paul Ahluwalia and wife Sandy, in the VIP area.
A big thanks to my red carpet co-host, Joan-E, seen here with yours
truly, for making me look good during the opening interviews at the Red Dress Ball.
Pretty girls, like Karen Tattersall, left, Francis Hui and Jenny Franks,
are a trademark of the Jet Set Crew parties.
The playful ladies of Sweet Soul Burlesque put the tease back in strip
tease as they get ready to take to the stage with their frisky routines at
the Red Dress Ball.
Phoenix fashions owner Lin Rockwell, centre, gets her models ready to
walk the catwalk in Wayne Clark originals at the Red Dress Ball.
Backup singers and drag divas Mandy Kamp, left, and Iona Whipp
set the stage in red-hot gowns at Red Dress Ball.
The Smoking Dog’s own French miss, owner Judith Andrews, cuddles
up with staffers Julian Baker, left, and Chris Huggins.
Smoking Dog owner Jean Seguin is lucky to have twin servers Darya
Parakhnevych, left, and sister Kseniya on his side.
Congratulations to Flame Eadie, seen here at the Smoking Dog, for
branching out on her own with her new Saffire Wines business.
Pretend gangster Jason Nessith will have to settle for a doll, instead of a moll,
as he and girlfriend Erin Bishop act it up for charity at the Red Dress Ball.
Playing with the other high rollers at the Jet Set Crew VIP party are
glam gals Lynn Wigen, left, and Kiara Hunter.