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January 10th, 2006

Burlesque Against Breast Cancer

by C.B. Coakley

On Wednesday, September 21 Ilise “The Lady I” Carter and her co-chair, Cori Neustein brought together the absolute all-stars of burlesque for one night only to get naked for a good cause. The Miss Hollywood Follies Presents “Burlesque Against Breast Cancer” was a fabulously cheeky evening of entertainment at the Slipper Room, with all proceeds going to benefit the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Institute.

The brainchild of lifelong friends, Ilise (a nightlife promoter) and Cori (a fragrance executive), “Burlesque Against Breast Cancer” is dedicated to the memory of Cori’s mom, Maribeth Werner. Nicknamed “Miss Hollywood” for her love of glamour and her sense of fun, Maribeth touched the lives of so many around her. Therefore, The Miss Hollywood Follies felt it was only fitting that her passing, after a 25-year struggle with breast cancer, be memorialized and celebrated with an event that captures those qualities. “Burlesque Against Breast Cancer”?Ǭ did just that by bringing together a line up of New York’s biggest burlesque and sideshow stars doing what they do best, while at the same time raising funds and awareness for a cause that could not be closer to their hearts.

Appearances that evening included: Miss Dirty Martini (who was crowned with burlesque’s highest honor, Miss Exotic World 2004), The World Famous *BOB* (from A&E’s “The Art of Cleavage”), Jo Boobs (winner of the prestigious Golden Pastie award for “Best All Around Bump and Grinder”), Nasty Canasta (named “Best Freshman” at this year’s New York Burlesque Festival), Miss Coney Island 2004 Insectavora of The Coney Island Sideshow and many, many more.

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