Friday, November 2, 2018

Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee joins Longtime MGA Veteran Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100 in raising $40,000 for AIDS Walk Arizona

Above: Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee and Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100, which this year raised $40,000--and over the last 10 years nearly $250,000 for AIDS Walk Arizona.

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":
Above: Dusty Brindsmade, Richard Stevens (Barbra Seville), Jeffrey Perales, George Herrera and Anneliz Ahumada (All BSW110 committee members). Photo from Echo Magazine.

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.

Above: Dusty Brindsmade with (in crowns) Miss Gay Arizona/Miss Gay Western States promoter Daniel Eckstrom, Miss Gay Arizona America 2018 Adriana Galliano, Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee and Geo Johnson (Mr Gay Arizona America).

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."

"We were a team of 100 and where proud to present the donations we have collected: Team Seville raised 40,000 dollars towards AIDS Walk this year and a quarter of a million in the last 10 years!  It was an honor to be a part of this team and to be in Arizona Representing the MGA system."

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More photos below, including with Phoenix mayor Greg Staton!

Above: Miss Gay Arizona 2018 Adriana Galliano (left) and Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te’tee (right)
Above: Miss Gay Arizona America Adriana Galliano, Miss Gay America Andora TeTee, and Bob Ra Seville with Phoenix mayor Greg Staton (center, in gray) at AIDS Walk Arizona.
Above: Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee with a young walker.
Above: Miss Gay America pageant owners Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman.
Above: Geo Johnson (Mr Gay Arizona America), Miss Gay Arizona America 2018 Adriana Galliano, Miss Gay Arizona/Miss Gay Western States promoter Daniel Eckstrom, Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee, and Barbra Seville (far right)
Above: Barbra Seville, former Miss Gay America titles include Miss Gay Tennessee America 2017, Miss Gay California America 2016. She ranked in the Top Ten at Miss Gay America 2018. See all of her titles here.