Friday 27 Feb 2009

A Sad Day in the Community!

At 7:15 a.m. on this damn cold morning, the building that houses Scarlet was a blaze of fire. This was well heard all over Boystown as a fleet of fire trucks, aid units, and police cars made camp in the heart of Halsted’s 3300 block.

With some flames still active at 8:30 a.m.; I was able to see quite a bit of smoke, and a lot of water damage to the Halsted night spot. (See Photo Above)

Scarlet is on the first floor and there are residences on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Additionally, Chicago’s Equality Illinois offices are just next door. Reports from the Fire Media Affairs say there were no injuries as of 8:15 a.m.

This is a SAD day in the Boystown community! Not only is a loved structure destroyed, but a number of people are displaced and the livelihood of those people in jeopardy. Rest assured we in the LGBT community will take action to support them!

Bill Pritchard

11:00 a.m. UPDATE

Eyewitness and freelance writter, Barry Freiman obtained independent verification that according to two firefighters on the scene the fire was accidental and confined mainly to the two upper floors with Scarlet destroyed mainly by the water damage in extinguishing the fire. (See Photos)

12:01 p.m. UPDATE

Scarlet co-owner, Paul D. Cannella, thanked everyone for their messages and support via his facebook page. “Everyone got out of the building and is safe, so the rest can all be replaced.”, he said.

1:25 p.m. UPDATE

With an outpouring of support from friends around the world, Scarlet co-owner, Paul D. Cannella said, "The best way to help me is by helping the tenants upstairs and employees." He went on to say on his Facebook page, "They lost everything."

5:00 p.m. UPDATE

Determined to Make A Difference, Cocktail owner, Geno Zack and his staff have announced that they will hold the first Scarlet Fundraiser on Monday the 2nd from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with half the sales going to the victims of that blaze. All are being encouraged to donate clothes, toiletries, and dollars to this very worthy cause!

February 28 UPDATE

Hydrate has announced this it is hosting a Fundraiser for the victims of the Scarlet fire on Sunday, March 1, 2009. The reception will be from 9 to 10:30pm with a suggested $10 donation. All proceeds from the evening will go directly to the individuals devastated by this horrible tragedy.
Thursday 26 Feb 2009

Frat House Thursday

Hello Hotties:
Join and Scarlet as we host all frat guys and their fans!

Scarlet ramps up the frat factor with a night of 40-ounce beer specials, hot bartenders, cranked-up music and hottie high jinks!

21+ with ID

Bill Pritchard
Wednesday 25 Feb 2009

Praise Sean Penn!

Praise Sean Penn

And the Oscar Goes To:

What a touching moment in the life of our community!

Click here for a complete listing of community events!

My greatest supporters, my Mom and Dad!

Bill Pritchard
Wednesday 18 Feb 2009

A KISS and a Coke with Jesse McCartney

Thanks to my friends (Nicole, Paul, & Jessica) at Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM and the kids at Coca-Cola, I stopped by to meet and greet cute singer, Jesse McCartney (See Picture Above) at the Coca-Cola Lounge.

Joining me was friend Allen McMillen. I think we were some of the oldest attendees, but we sure had fun meeting people and making fun of the teeny-bopper girls.

While there I ran into KISS FM Superstar DJ Nina Chantele (Note: I just love her big booby squishy hugs!) and weekend cutie, Special K. Jesse sang a few songs; even forgetting the words at one point. The audience was more than forgiving! *wink*. Jesse is in concert Wednesday evening at the House of Blues

This Thursday, I will be traveling to my hometown of Seattle. While there I will be enjoying 80’s Night at Neighbors Nightclub; the birthday party of my dear friend Jamile Mack and the fellowship of my Mom, Dad, and Brother David

The sweet, Mike Kosko; my best friend Isaiah; Advisor Edward; DJ’s DJ Phil DaBeatz, dJR, and DJ Scotty Thomson; Bill Healy; Gregory Rein; My bosom friend, David Cruse Beal; My Gal-pal, Jake Conrad; my ex, Jesse Rubly; Former roommates, Rippe & Clyde, My good friends, Alex Choren, Arthur Chaney, and Jason Maldonado; Boystown crush, Kirk McNamara; The adorable Clay & Andy; My dear pal Ronnie; thinner, Adrienne Holt; and my dear old bitch Buffy!

Bill Pritchard
Monday 9 Feb 2009

Justice For All

Justice for All:
It was a wonderful time this last Saturday at the Equality Illinois Justice for All benefit! Nearly a thousand people attended. My besti Isaiah (See Picture) was my date. He looked too cute! Joining us at the table (See Picture Above) was Matthew Inawat, Brian Decker, Mike Livingston, Shawn Porter, Aaron “Aray” Antonio, (See The Damn Cute Picture) Michael Roberts, Reed Krueger, and Frank Failing

While there, I ran into so many pals. I saw Jeffrey Patrick Wondrely; Andrew Jay Peerless; Congressional candidate, Sara Feigenholtz; (See Picture) personal trainer, Alex Blair; bartender to the stars, David Sikora; Attorney, Mario Sullivan; Politico, Kevin Hauswirth and Chicago artist, Matthew Lew. I even ran into my pal Alex Choren. I was pleased to see Representative Greg Harris receive an honor from Equality Illinois I love any event where people dress up!

Spring is in the air:
With the beautiful weather we had on Saturday, everyone came out and about to celebrate! After EQIL, Isaiah and headed to Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café. I’m telling you, DJ Phil DaBeatz was on fire that night! He just always makes a night good! We met up with sisters, Kristy Falkanger Riedel (See Picture) and Heidi Falkanger Peters; who were out celebrating Heidi’s birthday. One really does have to watch out for those two! They are TROUBLE! (In a good way!)

SIGHTINGS: Washington DC’s own Wade Ackerman; Equally as tall and cute, Robbie Martin; The very sweet, Phillip Barker and Tony Miner; Clean shaven, Mike Kosko; Parent praising, Hadley Rue; The guy who looks like Vlad and his (Cute) friend Jimmy; Kindred loud laugh, Mario HObama Green; Biker, Dale Kozak; and Thomas Aguirre and his posse of girls.

SHOUT OUTS: My Mom and all the Mom’s out there that read my silly blog; My Father whom I will see in Boston, and my dear old bitch Buffy!

Bill Pritchard

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