FAQ about the Ball

Official Burlesque Ball FAQ

So what’s this now?

So glad you asked! Building on the very successful tradition we began in 2015 , when we hosted our first winter ball, we are once again throwing a big shindig for our community. This year, we decided to do it up in color with a new theme: Burlesque! This formal event is the perfect opportunity to show off your gown, sequined flapper, top hat and tails…or your corset, if you dare.

And yes, the evening is also a fundraiser. North Jersey Pride is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is committed to serving LGBTQ youth and family not only during Pride month, but all year long. Your tax-deductible contribution, through the purchase of a ticket, sponsorship, ad or donation, will support RAD Kids, a North Jersey Pride program that provides a social support network for families of Transgender and Gender Fluid youth. RAD Kids connects parents and youth with other “RAD Families” as they navigate growing into their authentic selves.

If this is a fundraiser, why are the tickets so darn affordable? Aren’t most fundraiser tickets in the $300-$400 range? 

Why, yes, they are! Our aim, however, is to make the event  broadly accessible, so we’ve tried to keep costs, and therefore ticket prices, down. That said, it is our hope that those who can give more will do so by purchasing a Friend, Ally, Patron or higher level ticket and will enjoy receiving the additional benefits—and tax deductions—that go with that.

So I don’t have to be a company to sponsor?

Not at all. We do welcome corporate sponsorship, of course, but any individual, couple or group can sponsor at any level and will receive the commensurate recognition and benefits—and tax deduction—that goes with it.

I work for a company that has an LGBTQ employee resource group and they might be interested in this, but want more information. How can they get in touch?

We’re happy to have that conversation with your company representative. Please send an email to sponsor@northjerseypride.org and we’ll take it from there.

What percentage of my ticket is tax deductible?

According to IRS rules, you may claim 80% of your ticket purchase price as a charitable donation. (It’s like getting in for free!)

Is this event kid-friendly?

We love kids…but no. Unless your kids are over 21. Then it’s up to you to decide whether you want them watching you on the dance floor.

I’m straight. Can I still attend?

Are you kidding?? We love our supportive allies! Not only can you attend, but we will roll out the red carpet for you. (Full disclosure: We will be rolling out a red carpet for everyone. But you can totally pretend it’s just for you.)

What is the attire, really? Do I have to rent a tux?

We know, as an LGBTQ organization, that it’s best never to tell gay folk what to wear—and we have no desire to hamper your individual sartorial freedom of expression. But, like the Black & White Ball, the event will be formal and we encourage attendees to show off their best frocks. This is a chance to do it up—in color! Add a hot pink vest to your tuxedo or pull out that sequined gown you’ve been hiding in the back of the closet. Most of all, dress in whatever way makes you feel festive and happy and gender-comfy. (And if that means coming in drag, by all means!)

Is there parking at the venue?

The Woodland does have a parking lot, but it is not private and therefore, parking will be limited. Street parking is available nearby, on Woodland Ave., Maplewood Ave. and Durand St. Please consider carpooling and leave plenty of time for parking.

I live in the city. How big of a trek is this?

Great news! The Woodland is just two blocks away from the Maplewood Train Station, where you’ll find trains every hour to/from New York Penn Station, a lovely 40-minute direct ride. Check NJ Transit for schedules.

How do I get my drink on?

There will be bars at the event with wine, beer, and spirits available. You will be able to purchase drink tickets on site, and both cash and credit cards will be accepted. If you choose to purchase a Friend, Ally or higher levels of sponsor tickets, you will receive complimentary drink tickets with your admission. All attendees MUST be 21 or older.

This sounds awesome! What can I do to help?

You are a true samaritan. We need volunteers! It’s a great way to meet people—and since most of the volunteer gigs that night are seated, you’ll have a chance to rest your tootsies. Please email us at volunteer@northjerseypride.org and we will put you to work!