Fundraising party makes winter appearance

William Way’s anticipated party for a cause will transport you to the Arctic Circle for a dance-filled night of entertainment at one of Philly’s hottest and newly remodeled venues.

Hit the slopes at IndiGoGo: a Polar Dance Party, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Feb. 21 at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

This is the first time the popular fundraising party will be held in the winter.

The event will feature an impressive lineup of the area’s best DJs, including: Nolita Selector, DJ Jovi Baby, DJ Javascript, DJ Katie K Rex, TRPRKPR, DJ Sharyn Stone, DJ Carl Michaels, DJ Mike Shaffer and more to be announced.

Appearances will also be made by HoneyTree EvilEye, Cirque Manikk, Mr. Everything, MISS Everything and The Aviary plus the usual round up of go-go dancers.

Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door before 11 p.m., or $20 at the door after 11 p.m. Attendees can enjoy an open bar from 10-11 p.m.

IndiGoGo originated as the Indigo Ball gala after-party, held in October, but as the event grew more popular, organizers sought to maximize the party’s potential by making it a separate event and opening it up to more people.

“We weren’t able to tap into all our resources and provide access for the entire community when it was attached to the gala,” said Kate Hinchey, William Way development associate. “The development team at William Way and the party promoters came up with the idea of opening it up to the entire community.”

The event was staged as a stand-alone party in August, raising nearly $9,000 for the center.

Hinchey said the winter version is likely to draw even more people and support.

“We have more sponsors this year and we had 150 people respond yes to our Facebook invitation on the first day,” she said.

As of Wednesday, nearly 300 people said they were attending on the event’s Facebook page. 

“This event is near and dear to my heart,” said Amber Hikes, co-founder of Stimulus Philly, one of the presenting promoters. “We’re all coming together to entertain the entire community and raise money for a very, very good cause. Giving people a great night and a memorable experience all while giving back to the local queer community — it’s a win, win!”

The Underground Arts venue, which recently underwent a remodeling, has several dance floors, bars and entertainment spaces.

“It’s perfect for the party,” Hinchey said. “We have bigger spaces for VIPs, more bars and dance floors, which all mean more opportunities to raise more money for the center.”

For more information and to buy tickets, visit or email Hinchey at [email protected]