form the requested song.
“This time, the whole bar is filled with hundreds of young people. They’re not our typical audience members, so they don’t know who we are,” Tullos said.
Armorette queen Trashetta Galore said one reason the younger audience doesn’t know who they are is because HIV medications exist.
“People are not afraid of HIV anymore because of the medicines,” she said. “It’s great the medicines are out there, but sometimes it’s hard to still drive home the point that we still need further research and we need a cure. The virus can mutate and there’s still a need to keep the medicines current.”
Knowing that difficulty, Tullos expected maybe a couple hundred dollars in donations. What happened next gave him the chills.
“Kids were giving $20s and $10s and $5s and $1s and it was incredible,” Tullos said. “I saw this young kid who I’ve never seen at Burkhart’s before come and tip a $20. We made $649 off that performance.”
The anonymous donor matched it. In total, he donated $1,926 by himself, for a total of $2,698 — more than The Armorettes had ever raised in one time during their 38-year history. 2017 ARMORETTES AUDITIONS
Members of The Armorettes take to the stage regularly at Burkhart’s to raise money for HIV/AIDS research and care. Pictured are (l-r) Cherry Poppins, Autumn Skyy, Trashetta Galore, Kellie Devine, Roxy Cotton, Sharon Neadles and Electra. (Photo by Rob Boeger)