The creative and inspirational sides of art gets employed in service to others Monday night with the third annual Wild Torch, a fundraiser for Jesus Said Love, a nonprofit organization that works with women in the sex industry.
The gala will feature dance, music, stories and testimonies, visual art and a pre-program street carnival.
Highlighting the stage presentations is Broadway actress and Tony Award nominee Elizabeth Davis, a Baylor University graduate and former volunteer with Mission Waco. Davis, whose musical “Indian Joe” is based on her friendship with a homeless Waco man, will do a solo performance.
Providing live music are the Union Revival (Aaron and Amanda Konzelman) and Brett and Emily Mills, worship leaders who founded Jesus Said Love in Waco in 2003. A live art auction will offer pieces by Austin artist Ty Clark, Clifton painter Samuel Shelton and Waco painter Joel Edwards. Chef Corey McEntire and his Milo Provisions will cater a pre-show dinner at the Palladium.
A street carnival with dancing by Waco’s Out On a Limb, jazz by the Dave Wild Trio, painting by Kalyn Dunks and fire dancing from Austin’s Taylor Griswold will precede the Hippodrome show at 6 p.m.
Last year’s Wild Torch raised $54,000 last year for the Dixie Fund that helps women to leave the sex industry. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to Lovely Enterprises.