The drag queens who performed on Oct. 12 perform nationally and compete in pageants, Crotty said. Many pageants require the competitors perform some type of community service.
The drag queens who performed worked only for tips that night, Crotty added.
The "Best in Drag Dinner Show" raised $8,055, less than the nearly $10,000 it raised two years ago, Crotty said.
But this year, the drag show was held at the Holiday Inn in Bolingbrook as opposed to the Cantigny Post 367 VFW in Joliet, the site of the first show, which holds more people and was not available that night, Crotty said.
So even though the drag show is risqué and definitely not family friendly, Crotty said it is the type of fundraiser that piques interest.
“It’s entertainment not being done in our area,” Crotty said. “Even though it’s not a competition, there are hundreds of rescues. Our events needs to be different to get people to come. And it was a risk.”