Kate Clinton

Ernestine and Vito

Filed By Kate Clinton | March 19, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: drag kings, Fenway Community Health, Kate Clinton, Lily Tomlin, Susan Love, Vito

Nothing like Boston's Women's Fenway dinner to kick the end-of-winter-blues to the curb. The yearly dinner to raise money for Fenway Community Health is a pleasure to attend and tons of fun to emcee. logo-fenway-community-health.gifThis year's honorary chair Katherine Patrick was in attendance with her mom and dad, Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts. Mayor Tom Menino, a long and steadfast LGBT ally asked me during his remarks what I would make fun of now, without George Bush. He winced slightly when I smiled sweetly and said, "I'll always have the pope."

The Susan Love Award, celebrating a woman who has made a significant contribution to the field of health in the women's community was given to Lily Tomlin. This year pioneering breast cancer activist Susan Love came to the dinner to give her award to Lily. Lily was humble and in a fundraising feisty mood. That's how it came about that Lily, as Ernestine from the phone company, and I, as Lily's older butch friend Vito came to auction ourselves off as guest lunch companions in Provincetown for some lucky lesbians. I'll do anything to raise money for the Fenway - even drag king.

Through some well-placed kisses, we got 102 pledges of $1,500 dollars each to sponsor a seat in the new theater at the Fenway that is looking to officially open its new state of the art doors at the end of March 2009. A dream come true.

After entirely too much late night fun, I caught an early morning flight to Rochester on Sunday. Make that flights. It was like the old Maine codger, "Come to think of it, you cain't get thar from here." I flew from Boston to JFK then Bismarck ND. I don't think I would have minded the travel so much except that every airport waiting area had that damnable Dick Cheney all rosy and rested doing an hour long interview with John King on CNN. Why is he not in jail with Bernie Madoff? Put them both in the same solitary cell.

I finally made it to Rochester for an afternoon show sponsored by the Rochester Friends of Good government. The performance was held in conjunction with their annual Health Fair and I do congratulate my fellow upstaters for all their hard work. And I thank all who attended on one of those rare sunny, warmish, hopeful upstate spring afternoons. It was such a healthy weekend.

I'm off to get ready for the OutGiving Conference north of Las Vegas, Nevada, where they have the real casinos, not like the ones on Wall Street.


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Bravo, Kate! Thank you for helping raise money for one of our local LGBT treasures up here in Beantown.

(If anyone is interested, they can read my pre-event interview with Dr. Love here. I unfortunately missed the event itself.)