Howard Brown Health Partners with Local LGBTQ Businesses to Hold Fifth Annual Big Orange Ball

(Chicago, IL, September 23, 2019) – Howard Brown Health has partnered with popular Boystown bars to bring nonstop entertainment to this year’s Big Orange Ball on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the historic Park West. Sidetrack, the North End, the Lucky Horseshoe Lounge, Replay Lakeview, Progress Bar, and Charlie’s Chicago will be hosting six Big Orange Ball after parties and are providing entertainment at the event from seven Chicago drag queens, Sofia Saffire, Marilyn Black, Coco Sho-Nell, Dixie Lynn Cartwright, Alexis Bevels, Debbie Fox, and Veronica POP.

In addition to the all-star drag queen talent, this year’s event is hosted by the legendary Amailia Black and features music by DJ Megan Taylor and “Bark West,” where you can play with pups from Chicago Puppy Patrol.

All proceeds from Big Orange Ball support LGBTQ health at Howard Brown. Enjoy a full open bar, light bites and Halloween-themed treats, a silent auction and raffle, and other spooky surprises!

WHAT: Howard Brown Health’s annual Halloween benefit gala

WHO: Host Amailia Black, DJ Megan Taylor, Chicago Puppy Patrol, and drag queens Sofia Saffire, Marilyn Black, Coco Sho-Nell, Dixie Lynn Cartwright, Alexis Bevels, Debbie Fox, and Veronica POP.

WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8 p.m. – midnight

WHERE: Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago, 60614

Tickets are available at

The 2019 Big Orange Ball is sponsored by Walgreens, Fifth Third Bank, Gilead, Alliant Mesirow, Advocate Aurora Health, Bernstein Private Wealth Management, Janssen Infectious Diseases & Vaccines, Mass Mutual Illinois, CIBC, DeLauter, Napo Pharmaceuticals, Quest Diagnostics, West Monroe Partners.

Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. Howard Brown is the largest LGBTQ organization in the Midwest, providing primary and specialty healthcare, social services, and infectious disease screenings to more than 35,000 people each year. The 10 clinics span the City of Chicago, from Englewood to Rogers Park. For more information, visit


Media Inquiries: Casey Callich, Communications Manager, Howard Brown Health, (office) 773.388.1600 ext. 1048


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