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posted Friday, June 11, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 24
SEXY UNDERWEAR PARTY! 'Not Required, But Desired'
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SEXY UNDERWEAR PARTY! 'Not Required, But Desired'

by Gaysha Starr - Special to SGN

On June 5, over 400 supporters of the Rain City Soccer Club and patrons of the Lobby Bar attended "Not Required, But Desired," a fundraiser and sexy underwear party to celebrate the RCSC 2010 Friendly Soccer Tournament held earlier that day. Sponsoring the event were three Seattle Teams: haloPONY, Jet City Stickers, and Surge, a female team. I was lucky enough to be asked to be the hostess of the hourly raffles and underwear contest.

Over $2,000 was raised during the evening, which was double their financial target. The proceeds will be divided evenly by the three teams in order to help cover the costs for each team's trip to the 2010 Gay Games which will be held in Cologne, Germany, the first week of August. At the Games, the Jet City Stickers will defend their Division II World Champion Title, while both haloPONY and Surge will continue to gain experience in a tournament level setting.

The party was a huge success, as the Lobby served as a perfect backdrop to host this underwear party. After paying a $5 suggested donation, you were greeted with a bar decorated with soccer jerseys hanging from the balcony railing, festive blue and white balloons anchored in various spots, and energetic dance music playing a mix of current hits and old-school favorites. The soccer players - both male and female - were all great hosts, and they started to strip down as early as 7:30 p.m. to get the party started and to eventually sell 750 Jell-O shots and hundreds of raffle tickets.

During the first announcement, I brought out the tallest soccer player - who happened to have a 36-inch inseam - and invited the guests to use him as their inseam guide since guests could purchase a quantity of raffle tickets for a flat amount using any inseam in the bar as their measuring stick. The player was toured around the bar as the best value in raffle tickets that anyone could buy. Each hour I selected a representatives from the host teams to have them draw the winning tickets for three prizes, including dinner and tickets to Julia's and their Le Faux show, a wine tasting for 10 people, and the grand prize of $250 cash. The final highlight was an 11 p.m. underwear contest where enthusiastic participants spun and modeled to thunderous applause.

The most refreshing takeaways from the evening was meeting out-of-town soccer players from Atlanta, Minneapolis, Portland, San Francisco, and Vancouver, BC, and seeing them mix with Seattlites, including the Quake Rugby players. Regardless if you were male or female, your orientation, and if you were wearing your skivves or were fully dressed as a Lobby patron who happened to walk in, no one felt out of place or uncomfortable. The event was also more on the sexy side as opposed to the sleazy side of what you would think when you hear "underwear party."

Later this summer, in addition to attending the Gay Games in August, Rain City Soccer Club will be sponsoring a Shirts vs. Shorts fundraiser game, and a New Player Orientation tentatively to be held in September. Rain City serves as the umbrella group for a total of 15 LGBT soccer teams in Seattle. For more information, please visit www.raincitysoccer.org.

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