Party preview: Drauma seeks to merge fashion with charity with latest party

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Drauma, the “fabulous sister party” of Halloween’s fetish free-for-all event Trauma, has become the premier spring fling for fashion lovers and party-goers alike. Drauma 2015 promises all the glamour, glitter and excitement Columbus has come to expect, but with a twist. Instead of a runway show, Drauma will feature a runway contest — boasting a $5,000 cash prize to one local designer. In addition, Drauma is partnering with PackH20, a non-profit organization and social innovation company that provides water-carrying backpacks to people who don’t have immediate access to clean water, to raise awareness of the global water crisis.

“Rather than bring in an out-of-town headliner, we wanted to keep the money we spend on the event local, so we decided to do a runway contest instead of just a show,” event organizer Nick Wolak said. “Drauma isn’t a money-making event; it’s a charity event. But there is a lot of money that goes into it. We thought it was better to re-circulate that money back into the community, and hopefully it will help a local designer move their vision forward.”

Every 15 minutes from 10 p.m. until 1:15 a.m., a different designer will present his or her runway show to be judged on fashion, hair styling, creativity, theme and environmental impact. Nina West and DJ Ginsu will host the show, and a winner will be announced at 1:30 a.m.

“I’m so excited to see what people are going to do; I don’t know that I’m going to get a chance to step away,” Wolak said. “Drauma is a fun, creative thing. I’ve heard multiple people tell me their runway show for Drauma is going to be the best they’ve ever done, and that excites me.”

Though the runway competition is the main event, Drauma will still offer Columbus’ dance divas a place to play.

“We hope it will still be an awesome dance party as well. In the white room, the band Betsy Ross will open the show, and we have DJs to follow,” Wolak said. “On the patio, Push Productions will have a full lineup of DJs in the tent.”

For Wolak and the rest of the Drauma crew, it wouldn’t be a party if there wasn’t a great purpose behind it. Slated the day before International Water Day, Wolak and Co. hope the event will get party-goers thinking about the global water crisis and support PackH20.

“The people at PackH20 are really passionate and active with what they do. Living in Ohio, we don’t always think about the global water crisis because it doesn’t always directly affect us,” Wolak said. “I hope this will be a weekend we can raise awareness around that. At least for this event, people will be thinking about it.”

Photo courtesy of Drauma and Zombie Tapdance

The Bluestone

9 p.m. Saturday, March 21

583 E. Broad St., Downtown