On Saturday, December 14th, one of Baltimore’s longest running fundraising events, the “12 Days of Christmas,” turns 21 and the theme is “We’re Finally Legal.” If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of this event presented by Hooker and Boys, it features a live performance, drag, and skit variety show with a silent auction, raffles, bootblacks, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, cupcakes from Belton and more.

The event raises funds for local charities that support the LGBTQ and HIV communities. This year’s beneficiaries are the Scott Stamford Memorial Fund, administered by AIDS Action Baltimore (Aidsactionbaltimore.org); the Memorial Community Services Fund in memory of Harry Woolsley, administered by the Mid Atlantic Deaf Interpreter Fund (Midatlanticinterpreterfund.org); Trans Life Line, which administers a community hotline and disburses micro grants (Translifeline.org); and the Lunch Patrol and Community Pride Barbecue sponsored by B & Dee’s Baltimore Love (Bdeebaltimorelove.org).

The event will be hosted by emcees Shawnna Alexander, David Allen, and Sarha Shaubach. The ASL interpreters will be Debbie Jones, Susan Weinstein, and Jenn Arif. The boot blacks on duty will be MALWBB 2020 Ren Laine and boy John Urso. Massages will be offered by Tony.

The event takes place on Saturday, December 14th. Doors open at noon and the show starts at 2 pm. The event takes place at the Maritime Conference Center (692 Maritime Boulevard, in Linthicum Heights). The center is about 20 minutes south of Mount Vernon in Baltimore, about 35 minutes north of Washington DC, and has plenty of free parking as well as hotel rooms on-site. The hotel offer a new special room rate for the weekend – more at Bit.ly/2OJDPyI.

The center offers shuttle service to and from the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport, the BWI Amtrak Station, and the North Linthicum Light Rail Station. Upon arrival at these locations, please contact the center’s front desk staff members at 410-859-5700 x0 to make transportation arrangements. BWI courtesy van pick-ups are restricted to zones one, three, and four..

People must be at least 18 to attend and legal identification is required. General admission is $20 per person. Reserved seating is $25 per person. Tables for four are $100, and tables of eight are $200. Make checks or money orders out to one of the event beneficiaries with “12 Days” on the memo line.

Attendees are invited to dress to suit themselves, including holiday attire, leather / fetish gear, cosplay, or street attire. Please note that the event is held in a mixed-use space, and attendees should dress appropriately.

Chips and pretzel type snacks are allowed in the venue, but sandwiches, subs, and platters such as veggies, fruit or cheese, or other similar items are not permitted. Meal platters are being sold at the venue for $8.50 each. They will include a choice of sandwich (hamburger, cheeseburger, hot dogs, black bean vegan burgers, cheese steak, and chicken cheese steak), with french fries, fruit salad, and coleslaw (not creamy). There will also be two bars on site.

If you would like to donate an item to be sold in the silent auction, bring it with you to the event.

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