Burlesque & Variety Arts Legends Dusty Summers and Fannie Annie
Burlesque & Variety Arts Legends Dusty Summers and Fannie Annie

Fundraising with BurlyCares!

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BurlyCares has regular fundraisers to assist with legends as a whole and individually. View and donate to our current fundraisers or donate directly to BurlyCares!

       In addition, BurlyCares actively supports pre-existing legend fundraisers as well.

Additional legend fundraisers are added regularly based on this populations individual needs.

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Permanent Housing & Essential Furniture for Legend Madame E!

Burlesque Variety Show Legend Madame E
Burlesque Variety Show Legend Madame E

          BurlyCares is calling upon the amazing burlesque and variety show communities to help the one and only Madame E! Madame was recently granted housing she can afford after waiting patiently for many years. She only needs to submit a one-time deposit payment in the amount of $1000 to secure her housing! This would guarantee that Madame remains in safe and affordable housing for the rest of her days.

          Madame is also in need of most of the essential furniture such as a bed, bedding, a couch and chair and a small kitchen table with chairs. BurlyCares would like to set a goal for Madame’s fundraiser, for housing and essential furniture, at $2500. Our goal is to exceed this amount and raise enough money to purchase as much essential furniture as possible for Madame.

          Those that know Madame know how amazing she truly is! Madame started working in Honolulu in the 1970’s as a topless go-go dancer. She soon moved up with the big girls at Hubba Hubba, Honolulu’s premiere burlesque strip club during this time. She then travelled to Guam, Los Angeles and Las Vegas performing her amazing acts at a variety of clubs. Later she studied belly dance and performed this artform for many years all around the West Coast. It was during this time that Madame then discovered the neo-burlesque movement.  She met and spoke with Dixie Evans, who wrote her a beautiful letter, welcoming her to the burlesque legend family. Madame has also performed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender and has since become a mentor for up-and-coming neo-burlesque performers. In her most recent years, she has been a part of the Golden Legends Championship Challenge.

          Please help us help Madame! By donating you will help secure a peaceful and safe environment for Madame! Click on a link below to donate simply and easily today! 100% of the proceeds raised will go towards Madame’s housing and essential furniture. Click on a heart below and donate today!

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Keep Coby Yee’s Legacy Alive!

Burlesque Legend Coby Yee
Burlesque Legend Coby Yee

BurlyCares received the very unfortunate news that burlesque and Grant Avenue Follies legend Coby Yee recently passed away. But as many of us that knew Coby, she would not want us to be sad in her passing, but rather carry on her amazing legacy.

“Coby was known as ‘China’s Most Daring Dancing Doll’. She began dancing in the 1940’s and became a mainstay in Asian nightclubs, particularly Charlie Low’s Forbidden City in San Francisco. She performed all over the country throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, and eventually bought Forbidden City in 1962. She ran the club until its’ closing in 1970. Coby was also an avid seamstress and designed elaborate costumes for many performers.

In the last couple of years Coby and her partner Stephen traveled and performed in Cuba, Shanghai and Las Vegas with the Grant Avenue Follies. She did her last public performance at Clarion Performing Arts Center’s Firecracker Burlesque to the delight of her fans. Coby received the Legend of the Year 2020 award from the Burlesque Hall of Fame. Sadly, she passed away on the night of August 14, less than 24 hours before she was to be virtually honored. Coby was 93.” [1]

Coby’s daughter Shari has asked that all monetary donations in honor of Coby go to Clarion Performing Arts Center, a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization. The amount collected will be administered by the Grant Avenue Follies to pay artists in future burlesque shows at the Clarion Performing Arts Center.

Keep Coby’s legacy alive and strong! Donate any amount to Coby’s Memorial Fund by clicking on the heart below labeled “Coby’s Legacy”.

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