Conscious Party: Dressed to give

WHAT: Mustacheville’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Holiday Party Fundraiser

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 19, 9 p.m.

WHERE: One Stop, 55 College St., Asheville

WHY: Benefit organizer Nikki McClane and her Mustacheville friends wanted to throw themselves a holiday party, but for some reason this year felt different. “We really wanted to give people a chance to celebrate and show their appreciation, so we decided to hold a holiday party to raise money for other people, for our community,” says McClane. The result? The inaugural Ugly Christmas Sweater Holiday Party to benefit Eliada Homes and the Be Loved House.

Attendees are encouraged to adorn themselves in their tackiest attire and wax their mustaches to celebrate the season in style. Activities at the event include Christmas tunes courtesy of Emily Wooten, as well as performances by Endymion Is the Moon, DJ Ganjourn and ElectroChemical to round out the evening. A raffle will also be held, featuring an assortment of items such as a Buchi Kombucha gift basket, clothing, artwork, a gift certificate to Dr. Dave’s Automotive and more. The highlight of the raffle is an underwater-themed crystal mermaid crown. “The crown is always the most highly desired item in our raffles,” notes McClane.

Tickets to this 21 and older event are $5, but benefit-goers can donate a gently used coat or blanket for free admission. Eighty percent of proceeds from the door will go to benefit general operational costs at Eliada Homes, and all coats and blankets will be donated to Be Loved House, a community house in downtown where people in need can find a hot meal, camaraderie and cold-weather gear.

For more information about the event, contact The One Stop at 255-7767 or visit ashevillemusichall.com. — Michael McDonald

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