Karen's USA tour fundraiser

$4,305 of $6,500 goal

Raised by 115 people in 3 months
Richard Chadwick  Fitzroy North, VIC
THE MISSION:

This April, Karen From Finance is jumping on the Drag Race bandwagon and heading to RuPaul's Drag Con in Los Angeles! Amongst the beloved queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the other exhibitors, I have booked her a booth to display everything that our Financial Queen from down under has to offer. I am planning on setting the booth up to appear as a small office space, complete with a desk, computer, telephone and a giant office wall-banner etc. as well as a heap of various but unique merchandise options to help spread the Financial word globally.

I’ve already booked my flights to and from America, I’ve booked and paid for 50% of the booth, and I’ve also put a heap of resources into a photo shoot to help with promotion and merchandise options, but I still have a long way to go. As you can imagine, this isn't the most affordable pursuit but I truly believe that it's worth a shot, so I'm trying to give it my all! 


WHAT’S HAPPENING:

To help me to get it there, I have decided to throw a Fundraising Extravaganza for my birthday this year on Saturday 25th March at The Curtin in Carlton. The event is linked to this Go Fund Me campaign, where I can reward EVERY single ticket buyer and donation that might potentially come through. The theme of the party is HOLLYWOOD, and fabulous prizes will be given out to the best-dressed 'celebrity' that arrives on the red carpet. There is an incredible lineup of performers appearing at the event, including Agent Cleave , Polly Filla, Dandrogyny, Becky Lou, Dolly Diamond, Clara Cupcakes, Dean Arcuri , Thomas Jaspers, Valerie Hex, Philmah Bocks, Sasha Starr, Tanzer, Beni Lola, James Andrews and more!



HOW IT WORKS:

'Rewarded Donations' start at $15, which will get you a ticket to the event. Whilst you are invited to donate whatever amount you might be willing or able to, I have set up reward levels to help give back to my supporters for helping to make this trip happen.
For $50, you will receive a ticket to the event and one of Karen's brand new T-Shirts


If you live outside of Australia but can still help out, for $60 I'll film and send you a personalised video just for you!

For $100, Karen will bring you and three of your colleagues a coffee to your work place IN FULL DRAG!*

For $150, you receive the Silver package where
Karen will bring you and your colleagues coffee to your workplace, and you will also recieve one of her brand new T-shirts and entry to the party*

For $200,  you not only receive entry to the event, but you will also receive a private lap dance from Karen herself!*

For $500, Karen will meet you at your workplace and take you and two colleagues out for a fabulous champagne brunch (and she will of course take care of the bill).*

For $550 you will receive the gold package, which includes a Drag Lunch with Karen, a T-Shirt and a ticket to the party*

*To receive these rewards, you will need to be based in Metropolitan Melbourne. Karen is more than happy to travel out to your workplace so long as it's not hours out of the CBD. If you would like to check first, please confirm with her before you make your donation.

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HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED:

Booth activation at LA Convention Center – approx. $500

Printing of booth materials, shirts, photos and cards - approx. $2000

Internal flights and travel – approx. $1000

Accommodation Assistance – approx. $3000

Total: $6500

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Thank you so much for your kindness and love! Any donation is truly a blessing and will help to make this trip to the USA so much more fruitful and successful. I am beyond grateful xxx
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Update 7
Posted by Richard Chadwick
1 month ago
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Any one that bought shirts that wasn't able to pick them up at the show last night, or who made pre-orders through my website - I will be posting them out tomorrow :) xx
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Update 6
Posted by Richard Chadwick
1 month ago
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My friends - I've been waiting to process how fantastic last night was for me before I thank everyone, but I was just so overcome and overwhelmed last night that I feel like it might take forever!!

Words cannot describe my gratitude. To everyone that pledged and attended, you've helped to bring the unreachable that much closer. You've made this crazy venture of mine bigger and better than I ever could have on my own. The support that you have shown me, every step of the way, is incomprehensible and I just feel like the luckiest guy alive.

To all of the performers that so selflessly agreed with vigour to be part of the show last night - you are my inspiration. You all went above and beyond last night, and fed that hungry crowd advanced material that just had my jaw on the floor the entire night. SO much content, SO much variety, SO much diversity, SO much talent and SO much love. I'm forever in your debt.

The sponsors that put their hands up to help out. The staff at The Curtin for being so embracing and welcoming. My amazing family members that made it down. My incredible boyfriend Stuart for handling the desk and all who helped out. Last night was the best birthday gift I have ever received.

As I said last night - I have a fire inside me, I always have. But you all fueled it so much last night that it is burning bigger and brighter than ever before, and I cannot WAIT to see what the future holds for us. Thank you x
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Update 5
Posted by Richard Chadwick
1 month ago
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I'm so thankful to all of you for helping to make this happen for you.

HOLLYWOOD the party is on TONIGHT at The Curtin. For those of you that can make it , I can't wait to see you there.

Doors open at 9pm. There'll be three big shows, featuring numbers from myself, Agent Cleave, Polly Filla, Dandrogyny, Becky Lou, Dolly Diamond, Clara Cupcakes, Dean Arcuri, Thomas Jaspers, Sasha Starr, Philmah Bocks, Valerie Hex, Bumpa Love, Tanzer, James Andrews, Beni Lola and Benjamin Hancock.

Leather Locklear (Thursgay) will be on the decks upstairs after the last show until 2am, and Mojo Juju will be rocking the decks downstairs in the front bar from 12am to 3am.

Don't forget to dress as an amazing HOLLYWOOD icon. Best dressed will receive an INCREDIBLE HAMPER, featuring gifts from EDGELEY, RUBY SLIPPERS, TANZER, DOMINIC TARANTO, CLARA CUPCAKES and MYSELF.

There's also an amazing prize from my friends at dotCOMME going to one lucky and clever person.

If you bought a T-Shirt from me, they will be available to pickup from the Merch Stand tonight. Just let them know your name and then take your pick.

Your name will also be on the door at the entry.

Thank you again, so so much, from the bottom of my heart. I cannot wait to see you all tonight xxx
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Update 4
Posted by Richard Chadwick
1 month ago
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The first night that I met Becky Lou was at the first ever nightclub event that I was part of, Disco Abyss. A fiery, creative and entertaining performer on the stage, and an absolute MVP at the after party, Becky and I quickly became super friends. Together we've stripped, made out with rockmelons, cried to Lana Del Ray, and rummaged through people's houses looking for sunglasses (amongst other things).

I'm so honoured and thrilled that Becky will be joining as at The Curtin on March 25th for my Birthday Bash and USA Fundraiser. Becky's just finished premiering her amazing, candid new solo show 'Real Woman' in Perth, and is about to blow away the masses at Adelaide Fringe with the show, as well as her acclaimed variety cabaret 'Seen & Heard'. If you're in Adelaide, check these shows out! They both open tonight at The Henry Austin.

If you haven't booked tickets to the USA Fundraiser yet, you can do so at www.karenfromfinance.com/store or at www.gofundme.com/karenfromfinance . Tickets are only $15 and go straight towards helping me take on the US in April/May. The fundraiser will also feature performances from Dandrogyny, Agent Cleave, Clara Cupcakes, Benjamin Hancock, Dolly Diamond, James Andrews, Polly Filla, Dean Arcuri, Bumpa Love, Thomas Jaspers, Sasha Starr, Valerie Hex, Beni Lola and Philmah Bocks!

REAL WOMAN:
https://www.facebook.com/events/169233386882008/
SEEN & HEARD:
https://www.facebook.com/events/383943955316006/
Photo by Rachel Mia
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Gail Yates
1 month ago

Follow your dreams Richard.....keep reaching for the stars!!

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$4,305 of $6,500 goal

Raised by 115 people in 3 months
Created January 23, 2017
JW
$15
Joel West
1 month ago
JA
$15
Jacob Abela
1 month ago
$30
Paul Porter-Howland
1 month ago
EF
$15
Erin Foley
1 month ago

See you tonight! :)

$15
Anonymous
1 month ago
MW
$30
Melissa Walker
1 month ago

Just a bit extra to help you on your way! You deserve it!! Xx

NM
$50
Neil Mitchell
1 month ago
MN
$15
Mike Nguyen
1 month ago
LH
$15
Louise Hurley
1 month ago
JI
$15
Justin Invererity
1 month ago
Gail Yates
1 month ago

Follow your dreams Richard.....keep reaching for the stars!!

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