Lake Erie Gala 2021
The Erie Sisters Transgender Support Group hosted their Annual Lake Erie Gala from November 17-21, 2021, at the Courtyard by Marriott - Erie Bayfront and the adjoining Sheraton - Erie Bayfront Hotels. Now in its 22nd year, the Lake Erie Gala attracted crossdressers, transgender persons, and their loved ones from across North America and beyond our borders. Returning to the gala traditions, guests had their choices of informational workshops that included but were not limited to fashion/wardrobe/wigs, professional make-overs, manicures, image consultation, and professional photoshoots for gender identity affirmation. They also featured financial and transitional seminars. This year’s theme was "Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride" and featured a Thursday night Murder Mystery Dinner followed by Karaoke with DJ Beth. On Friday night, the formal "Glitter Ball" encouraged guests to live their fantasy in their preferred bridesmaid attire, followed by a talent show and dancing the night away. Saturday’s main event was entertainment at Kellar’s Magic and Comedy Club. Each day was full of wonderful social events and outings, including a Welcome to the Gala meet and greet by the pool-side with a pizza party, fine dining events, a spouse/significant other tea time, a tour of local wineries, and shopping excursions. Finally, our Big Sister/Little Sister program supported first-timers as they stepped out of their comfort zone and into their femme self.
Door prize donors included Lake Erie Gala would like to thank the workshop consultants that made the Gala possible: Cassandra Storm, Lindsey Taub, Beth McKinley, Liz Tattersall, Anita Marie DiVecchio Bissonette, Scarlet, Tony, and Guy. Many thanks to the vendors that supported the Gala this year, donating their time and some gifts for the guests: Sassy Peacock, Chameleon Clothing Co, Colony Pub & Grille, Relish, Jordan Essentials bath and body, Thrivent Allied Financial Group, Color Street Stick it to me, Nails by Mare, and Touchstone Crystal.