Don Gill
Community Fundraiser

PWA Holiday Charities

 

Don Gill has is a selfless fundraiser, especially for the PWA Holiday Charities, an organization
for which he is Executive Director.
A forerunner of this organization was begun in 1987 by Marvin Davis, aka Lady Victoria Lust.
They worked closely together during the last two years of Marvin's life and it was only natural
Don took over the charity. And he not only assumed its helm in 1996 but enabled it to grow.

Over the years more and more events have grown in stature, such as the PWA Holiday Charities
Christmas Show, the Christmas in July Show, the boy of Montrose Contest, the girl of Montrose,
Night in Black Leather and others.

Originally from Leesville, Louisiana, he moved to Houston in 1970, and opened his first business
in Montrose, Hair Plus by Don. His business is now called Studio 911 Salon. Like Marvin Davis,
his community work over the years has earned him many titles such as Daddy of Montrose,
Mr Prime Choice and in 1995 Male Grand Marshal of the Pride Parade. He was able to build the
PWA Holiday Charities from a charity that raised about $8000 a year in 1996 to over $50,000
yearly by 2004, and currently over $80,000 per year.

In more years than not Don has been chosen
by readers of OutSmart Magazine as Favorite Male Fundraiser, and his wall of plaques
somehow conflict with his natural humility.

Clppings & Photos

This Page, to 1996
Page 2, 1997+
Page 3 - Photos

Early citings of Don in the media

1981

   

   

Above, Don Dowden and Don Gill exchanging rings at first anniversary,
below with Tinker Dowden (Don's sister) at the Ripcord,
on stage cutting hair for the Military Ball the next day
and to the right, Don, 1975, doing Dolly

   

Below, Mr Venture-N 1989

Above, with Mark Blacksheer, at Fantasy Ball 1990

Jim Nichols

1993

   

   

Above, Mr Venture-N, 1993

Daddy of Montrose, 1993

   

Below, Mr Prime Choice, 1994

1994

Below, Mr Prime Choice, 1994

   

Below and Above Right, with Andrew Flores

1995

Pride Grand Marshal, 1995

   

1996

And, a Torch is Passed...

See Texas Obituary Project Page for LVL

Below, the best photo of them together, as taken just two days before Marvin's death

On to Page 2, 1997+

below, special to Don...it was given to him by Andrew Thompson,
who passed away later that year
the flip image shows Andrew in a gym ad