BurlyCares Begins with Legend Toni Elling!
Toni Elling (born Rosita Sims, c. 1929), also known by her stage name Satin Doll, is an American burlesque dancer. Elling was born in Detroit to Joseph and Myrtle Sims, the eldest of three children. She was unhappy with her job as a telephone operator at the Michigan Bell Telephone Company where she had worked for 9 years, because she could not get promoted because she was an African-American. She got into burlesque dancing in 1960 when she was 32 years old after a friend suggested she get into stripping, and continued performing until the early 1970s. She took her name from her friend and confidant, bandleader Duke Ellington. She was also friends with Sammy Davis Jr. and fighter Joe Louis. Elling retired in 1974.
BurlyCares is proud to have helped this amazing woman and legend. She was the first legend BurlyCares was able to help, with a donation of a deluxe walker!
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BurlyCares Assists Legend of Year Camille 2000
Shortly before the yearly burlesque extravaganza hosted by the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, BurlyCares was informed that legend Camille 2000 would not be able to attend the weekender without much needed portable oxygen. Camille was also in need of a specific type of portable 02 machine, one that was also compliant with TSA and airline guidelines. BurlyCares worked diligently with Camille and her caregiver’s to assure her attendance at the weekender. This was also a very special year for Camille, in that she was named Legend of the Year and would perform on the Friday night Legends Showcase Show.
With perseverance and determination BurlyCares was able to locate and donate the funds needed to rent the oxygen equipment Camille needed to attend the 2019 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender. BurlyCares also assured throughout the weekend that the equipment continued to work effectively and Camille had the medical supplies and equipment she needed. Camille’s performance and weekend was more than legendary!
BurlyCares and Legend Fannie Annie
Burlesque and variety arts legend Fannie Annie is a legend unlike any other. Fannie’s success and fame being coined “The Largest Showgirl” broke barriers. She paved the way and broke the mold on acceptable performer body types. Fannie was (and still is!) an amazing performer and entertainer. Fannie began her career performing with the traveling circus. She has fond memories of her traveling circus days and caring for elephants. Fannie then began to execute a persona and a one woman show. With a tagline like “450 pounds of pure sizzling sex,” Fannie Annie makes it high on the list of burlesque inspiration. Fannie traveled the world performing for decades. Through her travels is formed close friendships that lasted a lifetime with burlesque legend Dixie Evans, the Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque and Golden Girls star Bea Arthur. She never let her bounteous curves and Amazonian height keep her in the corner, landing film credits in Miami Vice and Porky’s. Described by critics in her ’70s and ’80s heyday as “too much,” Fannie Annie was known to pack a nightclub faster than the smaller gals. “I never think about being thin,” said Annie to newspapers in 1977. “When you know you are money by being big, how could you want to be thin?” 
BurlyCares has worked closely with Fannie and has followed up with her after surgery, providing medical supplies and referrals, a move and donations of a special deluxe walker, one that is tall enough for her height. Fannie also helped to have founded BurlyCares when she voiced her concerns of many legends not having the resources available to meet basic needs at times. Her care and passion for burlesque and variety arts legends continues today. She often raises money for legends to help them.
BurlyCares and Legend Gypsy Louise
August 2019 & February 2020
Burlesque legend Gypsy Louise has always been a wonderfully supportive burlesque legend. Her burlesque name was inspired by the great Gypsy Rose Lee, one of the great pioneers of the burlesque genre. ‘Louise’ being Gypsy Rose’s legal middle name. Gypsy Louise danced often in the 1970’s and speaks fondly of her days dancing regularly and how she was first introduced to the world of burlesque. In recent year Gypsy has danced in the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender Showcase and in many of the local Las Vegas shows and fundraiser’s.
Burlycares has had the pleasure of helping this legend not only once but twice. In August of 2019 Burlycares put on a fundraiser show to raise some money post surgery for her and most recently with a refrigerator after hers suddenly stopped working. Gypsy expressed much gratitude in Burlycares being able to help. Gypsy will continue to support the Las Vegas community with her wonderful performances and love!
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Burlesque Hall of Fame Legend Showcase Show 2011
Update On Recent Fundraiser: Georgette Dante’s “A Place for Georgette”Fundraiser!”
BurlyCares is thrilled to announce that we have hit our second set amount of raising $2000 for her! We are also beyond thrilled to announce that Georgette has also obtained long term housing and remains at a safe location in Las Vegas. YOUR donations have made all of this possible! This has been a tremendous success and collaboration of community! Below is a breakdown of the exact amount of money raised and an exact allocation of the money spent to assist Georgettte.
Total amount raised for “A Place for Georgette” Fundraiser as of 7/13/20: $2027.08
Short term housing , total amount spent for 2 weeks: $782.40
Rent for 3 months for current housing location: $1,144.68
Donation sent directly to Georgette (non housing): $100.00
Grand Total Allocated as of 7/13/20: $2027.08
Georgette and BurlyCares thank you all so very much to those who donated to Georgette! She is so very grateful, as is BurlyCares! Our fundraiser for her was a huge success! For those that would still like to contribute to Georgette, any additional money raised for her will be put towards her housing fund. This will continue to assure safe housing for Georgette. Please indicate in your donation “For: A Place for Georgette”. Click on either heart below to donate today!
Update on Fundraiser: “A Call To Action for BurlyCares Co-Founder Fannie Annie”
It is with great thanks and relief that BurlyCares has raised a total of $4,513.79 for the legendary Fannie Annie. This comes at time when BurlyCares co-founder is in great need. BurlyCares superseded the goal of $4000.00 we set! We are also beyond relieved to announce that Fannie has had all that she needs during this time. This has ensured her comfort when it is needed the most. Once again, YOUR donations have made all of this possible! This fundraiser has been another tremendous success and collaboration of the burlesque community! Below is a breakdown of the exact amount of money raised and an exact allocation of the money spent to assist Fannie.
Total amount raised for “A Call to Action for BurlyCares Co-Founder Fannie Annie as of July 13, 2020: $4,513.79
Specialty Medical Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment: $1718.43
In-Home Caregiver Assistance Costs: $937.50
End of Life/Memorial Costs: $1543.58
Fundraiser Remaining Balance as of July 13, 2020: $314.28
Fannie Annie and BurlyCares are incredibly thankful to all who have donated to her. This fundraiser was a true call to action and it was a total success! For those that would still like to contribute to Fannie, any remaining balance and additional money raised for her will be put directly towards her continued memorial fund. This fund will continue to preserve her legacy and archives. When donating to Fannie please indicate in your donation “For: A Call to Action for Fannie Annie”. Click on either heart below to donate today!
Wheels For Gypsy! A Go Fund Me for Legend Gypsy Louise!
Over the past few years BurlyCares has had the privilege to get to know the amazing Gypsy Louise. As a long time Las Vegas resident, Gyspy has a beautiful performance history working in the city, most specifically at the infamous Palomino. The following information is given with permission by Gypsy. Gypsy Louise has faced some serious health conditions over the past few years and has fallen in between programs, assistance and rehab; especially now given the pandemic. She most recently experienced a car accident where she will need to raise money to pay her car insurance deductible and medical bills associated with the accident. Thankfully, Gypsy was not seriously injured, but she will need additional care and assistance over the next few months. Gypsy has and continues to be a wonderful support to the Las Vegas burlesque community and has always helped others. Let’s help Gypsy during this time, so she can continue helping our community! Donate to Gypsy’s existing Go Fund Me Fundraiser today! Click on the heart below to donate to her directly today.
BurlyCares is happy to announce that $575 has been raised for Gypsy! This Go Fund Me fundraiser remains open and BurlyCares will continue to support this fundraiser.
Thank you so much to all who have donated to Gypsy! If you haven’t already donated click on the heart below! Any amount goes a long way!