Drag stars from New York City’s cabaret scene will perform Sunday evening, Aug. 19 at The Pearl, on the city’s public landing, to benefit Out! As I Want to Be, the nonprofit organization that provides a safe, affirming and supportive place for Midcoast’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

Hailing from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and New York venues including the OUT Bar, the performers will be Isis Vermouth, Kashi Golean, Shealita Baby, Eva D. Destruction and Kayla Sennett with DJ Fowl Play.

“This is going to be a fabulous event for an amazing organization … the talk of the town, and most likely the state,” said event organizer Julia McClure, owner of Sweets & Meats in Rockland.

The evening offers a cabaret-style dinner and show. Outrageous entertainment will ensue, all in good fun and for a good cause. Rockland businesses and supporters are making this an evening to remember and to support Out’s drop-in program for LGBTQ youth. The Pearl Restaurant’s chef Michele Ragussis, of Food Network’s “Chopped” and “24 Hour Restaurant Battle” fame, will cook up a delicious dinner.  Local businesses are donating to the silent auction and are underwriting the event. Event sponsors are Sweets & Meats, The Pearl Restaurant, Rheal Day Spa, Limerock Inn and Trade Winds.

The event will start with a silent auction to benefit Out! on the pier from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the drag show, doors for which will open at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets are $50, and general admission show tickets are $25. Seating is limited and advance tickets are strongly recommended. The show is for those 18 and older. Tickets are on sale at Sweets & Meats, 218 S. Main St.; and Rheal Day Spa, 453 Main St.

Tickets also are available through Out! As I Want to Be; call (800) 530-6997, send email to outmaineyahoo.com or visit outmaine.org. Out! provides a drop-in program two evenings a week for LGBTQ youth and their friends. Out! youth also attend events statewide and work on special projects including hosting the weekly radio show “Out on the Air” on WRFR-LP. This spring, Out! brought speaker Jamie Nabozny and the film “Bullied: A Student, A School and a Case that Made History” to Midcoast Maine, reaching more than 3000 students from eight local schools.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.