Gay-Inclusive Palm Beach Church Holds Fundraiser
Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches (MCCPB) is holding its 7th annual Denim & Diamonds fundraising fun event on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the historic Jupiter Civic Center at Carlin Park, 351 Old A1A - right on the ocean. Tickets are $35 (tax deductible) and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the venue.
"The moon will be just past full," said event coordinator Michelle Sylvester. "People will be able to take romantic strolls along the shore or stay inside and dance to the music provided by DJ Kenny Mondo Productions."
Catering will be by Park Avenue BBQ, who will fire up a portable smoker and offer a range of barbecued meats and more. In addition to ribs, pulled pork and chicken, Sylvester said there will be a selection of vegetarian foods as well. A cash bar will provide libations of all varieties.
"It’s a ’come as you are’ occasion," said Sylvester. "Wear whatever you like. Cowboy boots and cowboy shirts? Great. Jacket and tie? You’re welcome with us."
Denim & Diamonds is a fundraiser for the church and the proceeds are used to support facilities projects like the patio or paving the driveway or painting. The late Michael Trueblood, a long-time supporter of MCCPB, started the fundraiser seven years ago. He held several of the events in his home until the demand exceeded capacity and outside venues were chosen.
"It’s a fundraiser for special projects or just upkeep to enable us to do the work we do," said Sylvester. "But just as importantly, it’s a time for people to get together and have some fun."
"We’re expecting around 125 people," she added. "That’s about how many we’ve had in recent years. We’ve dropped the admission fee to $35 so people feeling the pinch of the current financial environment might still be able to come. "