“Drag offers you a way of stepping out of your everyday persona,” said Isa Rached, co-founder of the upcoming Downtown charity event It’s A Drag To Give, the annual extravaganza which puts the spotlight on local personalities who have never performed in drag before. 

The night will benefit four Long Beach non-profits:  LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, Women’s Shelter of Long Beach, the homeless ministry Beacon for Him, and the Long Beach Immigrants Rights Coalition

The show takes place on the evening of December 13 at the Long Beach Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom. 

This year marks the 5th edition of It’s A Drag To Give. Over the years, Rached and his event co-founders (his Mother Rocio and his sister Josie, who co-own Downtown’s B Room Barber Shop with him) have seen many surprising performances and heard post-show testimonies about how this show has changed lives.  Some participants have gone on to become members of the It’s A Drag To Give planning committee.  

Past performers include Mayor Garcia’s Senior Administrative Deputy Tim Patton, Long Beach roller skate and ice cream maven Mimi Masher, and DLBA’s own Austin Metoyer (“He was like another person up there!” said Rached).  

It’s A Drag To Give will begin with a cocktail hour at 7 p.m.  The drag performances will run from 8 to 10, when DJ Addiction will take over and rock the after-party until 2 a.m.

“It’s a unique opportunity to have friends, family and community show love,” said Rached. 

For more details about It’s A Drag To Give, please visit www.ItsADragToGive.com