Masquerage returns this weekend geared toward ‘providing Dayton the party it deserves’

Masquerage, Dayton’s “Party of Parties for a Cause” presented by Equitas Health, returns to The 804 Landing Event Building at 804 E. Monument Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 22.

“While it is a giant party, it is also a really important fundraiser for our prevention and education programs in Dayton,” said Jostin Schimmoeller, community relations manager for Equitas Health.

Equitas Health is one of the largest LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS healthcare organizations in the United States. Over $1.5 million has been raised to support its prevention and education programs since Masquerage’s inception in 2002.

The theme for this year’s Masquerage is “Into Wonderland.” Schimmoeller said guests can expect a lot of dancing, really great costumes and performances throughout the night.

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Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now for purchase online. A General Admission Ticket is $50 and includes access to the event’s main areas and a welcome drink at the beginning of the night. Drink tickets will be available to purchase for $4 each. Red Ribbon Lounge Tickets are $100 and includes access to the event’s main and VIP areas, a welcome drink at the beginning of the night, a designated VIP bar with food and beverages included and a swag bag at the end of the night.

Schimmoeller said tickets will be available on Saturday but will cost $25 more. If you purchase a General Admission Ticket, you can upgrade it for $50 more at the door.

This year a section of the venue will be dedicated to dance music and a dance floor, Schimmoeller explained. There will also be a main stage with entertainers and dancing. Schimmoeller also noted a special performance will occur around 10:30 p.m. that guests will not want to miss.

“I think what I’m most looking forward to this year is providing Dayton the party it deserves,” Schimmoeller said.

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Schimmoeller particularly looks forward to guests figuring out how the theme of the event is woven into everything from the food and drinks to the performances and decorations.

Even though the event is considered a costume party, Schimmoeller said guests do not need to wear a costume to attend.

Masquerage will run until 1 a.m. An “After Party” is scheduled at the Stage Door, located at 44 N. Jefferson Street.

For more information about Masquerage, visit www.masquerage.org or the event’s Facebook page. If you have questions, feel free to email Schimmoeller at jostinschimmoeller@equitashealth.com.

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