Venue’s ‘Lady Diamond’ night raises funds for street kids project

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The Venue, a self-described “gay hotel & cabaret” in the Jomtien Complex, helped raise nearly 20,000 baht for the Pattaya Street Kids Project at its second Lady Diamond night.

More than 200 people turned out for the Feb. 12 event, which featured a performance from European drag queen Lady Diamond Sitges. Accompanied by friend Miss Ruby, he sang in a variety of languages and styles mixed with comedy that had the crowd rolling.  The show raised 19,650 baht.

Owners of the Venue Residence, Ray Cornell (left), and Darrell Bevers (right), hosted a successful charity night with Lady Diamond Sitges (center).Owners of the Venue Residence, Ray Cornell (left), and Darrell Bevers (right), hosted a successful charity night with Lady Diamond Sitges (center).

The Venue hosts special shows throughout the year, including its annual birthday bash in April, and parties for Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s. A similar charity show in January raised more than 18,000 baht.

A boutique hotel with spa and pool, The Venue’s regular cabaret show has become popular with both straight and gay tourists. Part of that is the low cost: There is no cover charge and the drinks for sale are reasonably priced. In addition, the costumes and choreography rival other cabaret shows in Pattaya and runs nightly at 10 p.m.