The Unity Ball!
Saturday we went to The Unity Ball at the District Architecture Center. Here, Sara Goodman-Stickler, who is a director for a nonprofit, and Rebecca Goodman-Stickler, who works in law enforcement, flank event organizer Scorpio Entertainment's Edward Daniels. DC-based DJ company Scorpio Entertainment produced the massive inaugural weekend dance party as an alternative to the events planned for the inauguration of Donald Trump.
The dance party billed itself as a party for those who want to "continue the progress made over the past several years in regards to equality, inclusion, understanding and community-building as a nation." This party, which had participants from the Women’s March on Washington, was for the "nasty women," the "bad hombres" and the LGBT community.
Here are the members of No Small Children — a rock band by night and teachers by day — Lisa Pimentel, Nicola Berlinsky and Joanie Pimentel. The band was in the Ghostbusters 2016 film and performed a Lime Green Balloon Drop at the Unity Ball.
Guests enjoyed a Hot Pink photo booth, activist Mike Hot-Pence — a pants-less Mike Pence impersonator who posed for photos with guests all night, light fare, an open bar, a retro video game lounge including Super Mario Kart on Super Nintendo and a social media interface for guests to connect throughout the evening. We found freelance writer Taralei Griffin, Huffington Post's Jocelyn Macurdy Keatts and Kira Elliott.
The Unity Ball partnered with Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington, DC, and Bread for the City, a local food bank and medical clinic, and will be donating partial proceeds from ticket sales to support both organizations. Scorpio Entertainment has produced several events in the area, including Monologue Madness and the #PridePaintParty.
Here are Asherah Foundation's Heather MacCleoud with Operation MCP founder and president Daniela Petrilli.