FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Columbus, OH – On Saturday, July 26, 2015, GSWS Columbus, along with hundreds of members from the Columbus community, raised $13,000 to benefit the 2015 Gay Softball World Series at the 5th Annual Night of 100 Drag Queens. The event, held at Axis Nightclub and hosted by Virginia and Nina West, included a drag stage show, a silent auction with items donated from local businesses and community members and an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Drag Queen Stage Show.
During the show, 55 performers – Drag Queens and Kings – took to the stage to complete a 5:30 group routine to the classic Weather Girls song, It’s Raining Men, choreographed by Mark Bryan. GSWS Columbus must now submit their evidence of the performance to Guinness World Records for verification. If successful, the GSWS Columbus submission will surpass the current record of 39 Drag Queens by 16. The verification process can take up to 12 weeks once the evidence is received.
GSWS Columbus is a non-profit organization that is responsible for planning and executing the 2015 NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series (GSWS) which will take place in Columbus, Ohio from August 15-22, 2015 at Berliner Fields. In 2010, the last time the GSWS came to Columbus, the event mobilized 400+ volunteers and yielded an economic impact for the City of approximately $5M+, Columbus’ 7th largest economic impact created by a sporting event according the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.
As a result of the success of the 2010 GSWS, the Columbus Lesbian and Gay Softball Association (CLGSA) received an Expy Award from Experience Columbus . Additionally, CLGSA donated more than $20,000 to three local charities and partnered with the City of Columbus’ Parks and Recreation by investing $45,000 to renovate Tuttle Park and create six (6) ball fields that are now used weekly by the league and local community members.
Keith Speers, Director of Marketing, Public Relations & Communication – GSWS Columbus