by Mika Belle
Over 100 people dressed as colorful cats and rats on Nov. 19 at the fourth annual Pussycat Ball at the Rose Room.
The fundraiser included a performance from local burlesque troupe Pretty Little Things and a midnight costume contest with categories such as: Toughest Tom Cat, Prettiest Pussy and Cattiest Cat Toy.
Music was provided by a variety of DJs, including DRC (San Francisco), Team Sexy (Portland), DJ Myko and Psycache Ziran (Boise).
"These are good people, and about 20 percent of them are burners," said participant Justin Gates, referring to a nickname given to people who attend Burning Man.
Organizer Zachary Peterson said he has helped put on the event the last two years after his friend Nurse Jessica created it four years ago. He said the fundraiser gives proceeds to a different community entity every year. Last year it was Radio Boise and this year the proceeds were donated to the BoiseOne Rangers En Force.
Peterson explained the rangers are volunteers who donate their time at various events, specifically Burning Man, to help with crowd control, first aid and conflict resolution.
But on Saturday, there seemed to be no conflicts.
"It's about just having fun," Gates said.
You can view a slideshow of the Pretty Little Things burlesque performance here.