Continuing the longstanding tradition and commitment to good works by the Miss Gay America system, Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee recently joined Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100 for AIDS Walk Arizona Sunday October 28th in Phoenix. The walk benefits the Aunt Rita's Foundation, a Phoenix based organization dedicated to the elimination of, and suffering from, HIV and AIDS.
For the past 10 years, Richard Stevens–who as Barbra Seville has participated in the Miss Gay America system for over 20 years–has motivated and organized Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100. From the Echo Magazine feature, "Echo inducts Barbra Seville’s Wonderful 100 Echo inducts Barbra Seville’s Wonderful 100":
The Wonderful 100 started 10 years ago when Seville – the beloved drag persona of Richard Stevens – decided to form a group to walk for AIDS Walk Arizona. The original mission was simple: 100 people would participate in the walk and raise $100 each. The funds would then be dispersed by Aunt Rita’s to different Valley HIV/AIDS organizations.
Not only was the team a success that year, they also laid down the foundation for a wildly successful decade of supporting this event. Since their inception, the amount of money this group has raised is near the $250,000 mark, utilizing a variety of promotional outlets, from social media to fun in-person events. Read the full story here.
Andora recounts participating in this revered annual event:
"Soon after I was crowned as Miss Gay America 2019, I received a call from Barbra Seville (to ask me if I would like to be a part of her team (Wonderful 100) for AIDS Walk Arizona. I have known Barbra for years, and, having heard of her Wonderful 100 team and witnessed her leadership skills, I said "YES, I would love to!”
"Nick and Daniel–the promoters of Miss Arizona and Miss Western States–welcomed me in their home the Saturday I arrived. I was met with open arms in true Arizona hospitality!
We did a final benefit show Saturday where we were joined by Miss Gay Arizona 2018 Adriana Galliano and Sunday was the walk."
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More photos below, including with Phoenix mayor Greg Staton!
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