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Super Happy Funtime Burlesque going on national tour, fundraise at Electric Cheetah

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Super Happy Funtime Burleque is a Grand Rapids based ragtag group of talented performers who bring action and entertainment to the people all around the West Michigan area. Known for pushing the restrictions on stripping, and stepping on the toes of anyone who may want to shut them down, the show never ceases to shock and amaze their audience.

Now, they are going on a national tour, and have been looking to the Grand Rapids community to pay for the trip.

On Saturday, June 12th, the fundraising took the performance to the streets outside of The Electric Cheetah, where portions of sales went to help the cause. Audria Larsen (The Vivacious Miss Audacious), Katherine Marty (Velveetah the Cheetah), Rachel Finan (La La Vulvaria), Ashley Marini (Jonbennet Butterbuns), Marco Riolo, and Joe the Cab Driver played with fire, walked on glass, gave out gorilla hi-fives and amazed onlookers with feats of strength and acrobatics, right on Wealthy Steet. Corey Ruffin (Mr. Happy Pants) played music and carried out his standard ringleading duties to tie everything together.

The troupe is close to their goal and their deadline to raise $15,000. SHFB will be starting their national tour at the end of July. Buying any of their of various promotional packages will earn you a ticket to their last show in GR before they take off.

The group has staked many social media outposts such as MySpace, Facebook and their blog to keep their fans updated and spread the word about their fundraising and upcoming tour. In addition to asking the local community for donations, SHFB has also started a Kickstarter page to raise money. Kickstarter is an online fundraising platform where projects set a fundraising amount and a deadline. It is an all-or-nothing system, and all funds or more must be raised by that date or the project receives nothing. SHFB is offering packages for all different pledge amounts, featuring custom hula hoops, pasties, photo sessions with the girls, a song composed just for you, and photo prints from a local photographer. Buying a package is the only way to get into the kickoff show at the Wealthy Theatre, July 29.

Disclosure: Jon Clay has donated photo services to SHFB's Kickstarter as an incentive for pledges.

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