Main aim of the charity
The main aim of the Court is to raise funds for local non-profit organizations supporting the LGBTQ+ community, but we try to be a resource for any local non-profit needing funds- supporting everything from domestic abuse shelters to cat adoption agencies. While our main contribution is monetary, we also serve as volunteers at our charities' events (e.g. handing out water at the Caracole 5K or passing out information at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk).
How the employee got involved and why
I joined the ISQCCBE about 2 years ago to actively help raise money but have been attending events for the past 10. The Cincinnati Court has been serving the Cincinnati area will celebrate its 29th year this October and has raised over $1.38 million, most of which done earning one dollar at a time.
I personally joined because I wanted to more involved with the Court and felt I could do more to raise awareness while having fun in the process. Just this past September, I joined 3 other Court members in a month long fundraising push. We sold raffle baskets, hosted brunch or organized individual shows, organized a Yard Sale, interviewed individuals of the charities we support to bring attention of who they are and why they depend on our continued support and held online contests whose winner would have a dinner baked by one the four contestants.
What work does the employee do for charity?
I support the ISQCCBE (Imperial Sovereign Queen City Court of the Buckeye Empire) or Court for short by participating in drag shows, raffle ticket sales or helping the community through service or food kitchens. Not everyone who participates dresses in drag either. All the money raised each year is given to the numerous charities we support. Occasionally, I will travel with other members of the Cincinnati Court to support nearby Courts in Indianapolis, Lexington, Chicago, etc.