In their 34th year, the Indy Pride Bag Ladies is one of the oldest HIV/AIDS fundraising organizations in the country. The Bag Ladies started in 1981 when a group of friends decided to replace their annual tradition of a Halloween party with a Bus Tour to bars and restaurants in Indianapolis to raise money for patients who had been diagnosed with a new disease (HIV/AIDS). The Bag Ladies continue to raise money for the Gregory Powers Direct Emergency Financial Assistance (DEFA) Fund in addition to raising funds for other non-profit organizations (i.e. Step Up, Inc,; Indiana Youth Group; Damien Center; American Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis).
From that humble beginning, the Bag Ladies have grown into a fundraising force in Central Indiana performing in their own annual shows like “Shimmering Shamrocks,” “Cadillac Barbie’s Disco Brunch,” “The Stockings Were Hung…” and “Sequoia Pentecost & Rachel Yoder’s Country & Gospel Brunch” to making appearances at other events to help raise money for local organizations. The Bus Tour is still an annual tradition around Halloween, and it is open to anyone who wants to be a Bag Lady for a day! In the calendar year 2013, the Bag Ladies raised and donated over $56,000. In 2014, Coby Palmer will turn 70. In honor of his 70th birthday, the Bag Ladies have set a fund raising goal of $70,000 for 2014
Explore this page to find out more about this amazing organization. The Bag Ladies are a unique organization that Indianapolis and Central Indiana can be proud to call their own!
- Cassidy’s Red Ribbon Comedy Tour Wrap-Up Party – Talbott Street – September 12
Mass Avenue Mad Dash: A Scavenger Hunt to Benefit June Taylor **- Metro – 4:00 p.m. – September 13
- Aurora Diamond’s Little Drag Closet – Tabott Street – 4:00 p.m. - September 14
- Kayla Hilltop Show – 501** – September 20
- Bag Lady Launch Brunch – English Ivy’s – September 27 (NOTE: change of date!)
- Bag Lady Queen Pageant – October 26
- Bag Lady Bus Tour – November 1
*Dates subject to change
** Bag Lady Queen Candidate Events to raise money to become Bag Lady Queen