On Saturday, April 16, the Grand Ballroom of the Historic Providence Biltmore Hotel will be transformed into the White House as it plays host to the Imperial Court of Rhode Island’s Coronation XIX: The Inaugural Ball – An Evening at The White House.
The Imperial Court of Rhode Island, founded in 1992 and a chapter of the International Court System, has raised just over $500,000 to date for various non-profit organizations, worthwhile charities and individuals throughout the Rhode Island and the Southeastern Massachusetts area. The mission of the Imperial Court of Rhode Island has always been to raise charitable funds and perform noble deeds for not only the Rhode Island LGBTQ community, but the community at large. It is also to provide an outlet for social interaction among those who share the ideal of creating and promoting positive community awareness and interests. Some of the organizations who have been beneficiaries of the Court’s noble deeds include AIDS Care Ocean State, Marriage Equality RI, Youth Pride, Inc., the Matthew Shepard Foundation and The Trevor Project.
Coronation XIX Weekend, kicking off on April 14, will be a four-day event, when the city of Providence will welcome nearly 1,500 guests from across the United States and Canada, as well as right here in the Ocean State. On Saturday evening, members of the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts communities will come together to celebrate the ending of the reign of Emperor XVIII “Big Daddy” Austen Daniels and Empress XVIII Jacqueline DiMera, elect new figureheads for the organization, and raise money for 2 special charities. This year, Austen and Jacqueline, have chosen Sojourner House and Rhode Island Pride to be the beneficiaries from Coronation XIX Weekend.
With over 15,000 people participating in attendance for the annual RI PrideFest and New England’s only night-time Pride parade, Rhode Island Pride makes it possible for GLBT individuals in RI, southern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut to come together to celebrate their personhood and their culture. Sojourner House, located in Providence, serves as a leader in assisting victims of domestic violence and their children and provides a safe haven for survivors to reclaim their lives.
Austen and Jacqueline hope that the many business owners, charitable organizations and friends who have become part of the ICRI family will come out to celebrate their last night as Emperor and Empress and urges them to attend Coronation XIX for all the pomp, glitz and fun that is the Imperial Court of Rhode Island.
The Widow Norton Makes Appearance
ICRI is thrilled to announce that Jose Saria, also known as The Widow Norton, Absolute Empress 1 Jose, founder of the International Court System and the first openly gay candidate for public office in the United States, will be in attendance to celebrate and honor this momentous occasion.
Calendar of Events for Coronation XIX Weekend:
Thursday, April 14, 2011
In Town Cocktail Party, 9:00 p.m., 2nd Floor of Downcity at 50 Weybosset
50 Weybosset St. Providence. Www.downcityfood.com.
Friday, April 15
Out of Town Show, The Garden Room, Providence Biltmore Hotel, 10 Dorrance St., Providence. Cocktails at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm. Admission: $15.00
Saturday, April 16
Coronation XIX Ball, Grand Ballroom, Providence Biltmore Hotel, 10 Dorrance St., Providence. Cocktails at 6:00, dinner at 7:00. Ball Ticket: $95.00 per person (includes 3-course dinner and voting ballot)
Sunday, April 17
Victory Brunch, Grand Ballroom, Providence Biltmore Hotel, 10 Dorrance St., Providence. Starts at 10:30 am. Brunch Ticket: $35
For more information on how to purchase tickets for any of the mentioned events or any other questions, visit the ICRI website at www.ICRIProv.org or the Imperial Court of Rhode Island’s Fan Page on Facebook.