On October 18, 2015 from 4-9pm, wife and wife team, Madin Ray Lopez and Sabine Maxine Lopez, will host a movie night fundraiser in their Echo Park, Los Angeles backyard to raise resources to restore both of their mobile pop up projects and take them to the streets…literally. All proceeds from the event will go to convert ProjectQ’s Airstream trailer into a traveling self-esteem building mobile salon for LGBTQIA and homeless youth and Patty Wack Vintage’s VW Bus into a mobile pop up shop. Guests will sit on the grass in the same backyard the couple was married in, sip vintage specialty drinks provided by @sipinla, snack on freshly popped popcorn, enjoy artfully curated tunes, and watch a movie, which guests will be allowed to vote for prior to the event. (Right now, it’s a close call between Hocus Pocus and The Craft.) The Lopez’s decided to go the more grass roots (pun intended) route of fundraising, relying on the strong support of their friends, family, and local Los Angeles community. RSVP for the event here. For those unable to attend, a donate link has been set up on both the www.projectq.me and www.pattywackvintage.com websites.
About ProjectQ/Madin Lopez:
ProjectQ is a non-profit organization founded by Madin Lopez to help LGBTQIA and homeless youth combat bullying, develop self-esteem and find an identity for themselves through hair styling. For the past few years, they have been working with many LGBTQ organizations offering free haircuts, styling, and workshops to help realize this goal. Madin is currently fundraising to build out their vintage Airstream trailer, and convert it to a mobile self-esteem building salon.
Madin, most notably featured in the recurring dapperQ’s ‘Queer Cuts’ barber series, prides themself on a more community focused cause, rather than following the traditional LA entertainment industry or high profile salon route. Since 2013, they have been part of the Folklore Salon family, a local queer-owned Echo Park institution. Working under the moniker ‘Eyedohair,’ Madin’s goal is to build ProjectQ into a mobile extension of their vision for the new, more confident queer youth aesthetic.
Madin states, “Previously, I worked with the Gay and Lesbian Center, QPOCC, GLAAD, and Outfest’s Outset. Realizing that this sect of our community needed specific services, I decided to create a non-profit to help young QPOC people with figuring out where they fall on the gender identity spectrum through hair styling.”
Sabine has been an avid vintage collector since high school and decided several years ago to turn her passion into a business. Her first venture into the vintage world was vending at various flea markets and soon followed by the launch of her Etsy online shop. In August 2015, Sabine purchased a classic 1974 VW Bus and is currently fundraising to help with costs of restoring and converting it into a mobile Pop-Up shop. Although the big dream is to open a storefront where customers from all walks of life can shop, the VW Pop-Up Shop is currently at the forefront of Sabine’s efforts.
For more information Project Q & Patty Wack Vintage & the Movie Night Fundraiser please visit:
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/487087718131996/
Patty Wack Vintage links:
Patty Wack Vintage website: http://www.pattywackvintage.com/
Patty Wack Vintage Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pattywackvintageFacebook
Patty Wack Vintage Instagram: @pattywackvintage
Patty Wack Vintage Video: https://youtu.be/TgEYD7GuflE