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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)

Trashetta Ga­lore

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