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THE DORIS DEAR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Joins Forces With The Alzheimer's Association For Performance at the Triad

THE DORIS DEAR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Joins Forces With The Alzheimer's Association For Performance at the Triad

Celebrating her third year of holiday magic, drag artist Doris Dear, known as "America's Perfect Housewife", announces that the all new "Doris Dear Christmas Special", will be raising funds through "The Longest Day" initiative with The Alzheimer's Association. The character of Doris Dear that Ray DeForest created 4 years ago, was inspired by his mother, Taffy, who passed away from Alzheimer's. With this year's show being performed over 3 evenings, it was time to give back, and what better partner than The Alzheimer's Association. A portion of the show's proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter's Longest Day campaign.

"Thank you to Ray DeForest and the Doris Dear Christmas Special for your generous support," said Christopher Smith, executive director of the Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter. "Proceeds from the Doris Dear Christmas Special will advance critically needed Alzheimer's and dementia research and help to keep the Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter's care, support and education programs available to all New Yorkers free of charge."

Donations will also be taken at the door as people exit the show and can be made online through the Doris Dear Alzheimer's portal here: http://act.alz.org/goto/THEDORISDEARCHRISTMASSPECIAL

The Doris Dear Christmas Special has quickly become a holiday tradition in NYC. Each year Doris Dear invites guests into her "rumpus room" full of holiday cheer where they share stories, traditions and songs of the season. From new takes on holiday classics, to exciting original compositions, this show always brings smiles, laughter and cheers! Doris Dear is known for her comedy and story telling, and always surprises everyone with her amazing vocal stylings. The show is a holiday extravaganza, so grab a whiskey sour and pull up a seat for this yearly holiday celebration and we guarantee you will leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Cabaret Scenes said last year - "She was the perfect hostess for this delicious Christmas party.", and Downtown Magazine called it "...a must add to your holiday list".

The show is written and performed by Dramatist Guild member and SAG/AFTRA National LGBT Board Member Ray DeForest and inspired by the great musical TV specials that were the standard of TV watching in the 50's, 60's and 70's!

Ray DeForest in "The Doris Dear Christmas Special" plays The Triad Theater (158 west 72nd Street, NYC) December 19, 20 & 21 at 7pm. Reservations required. Ticket links and information are available at http://www.triadnyc.com/event/520f2df4a52860936d670d428b463fe6

About the Alzheimer's Association® The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. Visit alz.org® or call 800.272.3900. The Longest Day fights the darkness of living with and caring for those with Alzheimer's and brings light to the cause by encouraging participants to raise funds and awareness through their favorite activity, like going to the theater. The Doris Dear Christmas Special donation will be made in memory of Ray DeForest's mother (Taffy) the inspiration for the Doris Dear character.

MORE ABOUT RAY DEFOREST Doris Dear, the inner Housewife of Ray DeForest, has been featured in movies (Men in Black 3, The Normal Heart) and TV shows (The Carrie Diaries, Boardwalk Empire) and has toured with "her" successful show "Doris Dear's Gurl Talk". Ray has been performing professionally for 42 years around the world in tours, stage shows, revues and hosted multiple TV shows on major networks. Ray is currently collaborating on a new musical heading to Broadway next season and developing a show for the West End of London!


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