The Rising Action Theater will be hosting a an 85th birthday benefit on Tuesday, November 16, to honor and aid one of South Florida’s LGBT community’s greatest allies, the ailing Vicky Keller.

 

At their new venue, on the campus of Sunshine Cathedral, the Rising Action Theater will host a cabaret show featuring ten artists, a door raffle, and a ‘dress and look like Miss Vicky’ contest, along with a silent auction. The cost of the event will be $49, but the funds will be used to help Ms. Keller. In the past year, she has been set back by a heart attack and medical bills that have piled up, a situation so bad she wound up surrendering her condo to the bank. Apparently also the victim of elder abuse, a once trusted friend took her for over $5,000.

As a straight ally to the gay community, the litany of Ms. Vicky’s accomplishments over the past three decades includes not only a directorship of Pride South Florida, but being one of the founders of the county’s first AIDS agency, Center One. A member of SAGE since 1993, Ms. Vicky has also served as the Regional Director of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Prides, founded Womynsong, and was the Musical Director of the MCC Church of Our Savior in Boca Raton. Ms. Vicky has also been involved with numerous community theatrical groups, the thespian arts very dear to her heart. Ms. Vicky is even insisting that part of the funds raised by this very benefit goes back to the Rising Action Theater. “She needs our help, and we owe her so much,” says David Goldyn, the Rising Action Theater director co-ordinating the benefit. The planned Cabaret show will include performances from local artists including David Leddick and David Muelemans To buy a ticket go to www.risingactiontheatre.com.

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