Second Annual Masquerade Fundraiser for Fiesta Youth

Board member Darrell Parsons and Fiesta Youth founder Emily Leeper at last year's masquerade fundraiser. This year's party is on April 9. (Photos by Sam Sanchez)

Tickets are going fast for Fiesta Youth‘s second annual masquerade fundraiser dubbed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil slated for April 9 at Keith Wichinski and David Willett’s historic mansion in Dignowity Hill.

Organizers at Fiesta Youth are touting the masquerade party as a pre-Fiesta event which will include dancing under the stars, a silent auction, open bar and bites.


The mission of Fiesta Youth is to provide “a safe, non-judgmental, affirming place for LBGT teens to express and explore who they are through education, peer-support, advocacy and friendship.” The group meets on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 300 Bushnell.

Fiesta Youth was organized in 2013 by founder Emily Leeper, a San Antonio mom with a teenage lesbian daughter. Leeper started the LGBT youth group after finding out there was none in the city.


In January 2015, Fiesta Youth expanded by adding Fiesta U, a twice-monthly support group for young adults aged 18 to 24 that meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Unity Heights Community Center, 8103 Broadway.

The location of Fiesta Youth’s party is especially beautiful, being situated along a row of historic mansions which face Dignowity Park. The house next door to the party is the home of Mayor Ivy Taylor who made a brief appearance at last year’s event.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Masquerade Benefiting Fiesta Youth, Saturday April 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at 724 N. Olive St. Tickets are available on line at this link. General admission: $50. VIP Admission: $75. Co-host: $125. Online ticket sales will close at noon on April 8. If available, ticket prices at the door will be $15 higher for each level.


Check out our Facebook Album with photos from last year’s event.


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