Charity Work and Stuff We’re Proud Of

Rocky Horror creator Richard O’Brien said it best: Rocky Horror “is a guaranteed party every Saturday night.” We’re happy to be a place where people can let their freak flag fly. Want to dress in stockings and a corset? Wear a fursuit? Wear a leash? We won’t judge; we’ll offer fashion tips!
We’re proud to be a place that accepts people no matter who they are, and were proud participants in Chicago’s Gay Pride parade for several years (when we could still afford it).

Getting ready to climb Oakbrook Terrace Tower in 2015 for the American Lung Association

Getting ready to climb Oakbrook Terrace Tower

We believe in giving back to our community. This might mean sending flowers and taking a collection when someone in our Rocky community dies or loses a family member. Sometimes it’s charity work for the greater community.

Ready to climb stairs for charity!

CC at the 2013 Oakbrook Terrace Fight For Air

Go ahead and Google “Rocky Horror” + charity. (We’ll still be here when you get back.) At least when we wrote this, we were on the first page, in the top two results.
Since 2012, with the help of our audience and the greater Rocky Horror community, we have raised over $25,000 for local domestic violence shelter Family Shelter Services, and since 2013 we have raised more than $4,000 in the Fight For Air stair climb event for the American Lung Association (top company team). Other charity work has included supporting anti-AIDS charities and collections for charities including: the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics; Paws for Purple Hearts; Earth Day; and no-kill animal shelter Catnap from the Heart.

Beating domestic violence

Walking 5K against domestic violence at the 2013 Heroes for Hope

We like having a good time, making sure others can have a good time, and reminding people that self-proclaimed freaks in fishnets can help make the world a better place – When’s the last time you saw Dr. Frank N Furter strut 5K, or Eddie sprint up 31 flights of stairs?

Ruth and Audrey win top fundraisers - Heroes for Hope 2014

Ruth and Audrey win top fundraisers – Heroes for Hope 2014

2 Responses to Charity Work and Stuff We’re Proud Of

  1. Robert Lippi says:

    I have a couple of suggestions for some fund raising for Charity. Why not have a hundred yard dash for guys wearing high heels? That has been done a couple of times in this area and it was fun. Also WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES is a big event were guys get to wear red 4 inch heeled pumps or other high heels and pay to walk in them to raise money for that particular charity. I took part in a walk with my heels and then following the walk, i asked the organizer of the event if I could put on a pair of red 2 1/2 heeled tap shoes and put a coffee can on the floor and if people wanted to see me tap dance in the heels, they would have to put money in the can and they did. I did some combinations and timesteps and raised a little more money. You have some male “Columbias” so it why not suggest it to them. They could put a piece of plywood on the ground and have something to hold the money and have them tap for donations. I think these would be fun ideas to raise money.

  2. Robert, interesting ideas! We haven’t found a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” near us (though we did go to last year’s Chicago Slutwalk – no charity involved, but boy were we wearing heels!). Our current Columbia roster are all female, but I’m sure they’d be willing to help the boys out.

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