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December 5, 2023 4:15pm

Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe presents the 2023

Holiday DRAG BINGO with Candy Samples

A Charity Fundraiser for the work of helpNYC

SoHo, New York City - Get ready to spice up your holiday season with an evening of glitter, glam, and non-stop entertainment at helpNYC's Holiday DRAG BINGO featuring the fabulous Candy Samples!

Join us at the Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe for a Drag Holiday BINGO Extravaganza with the amazingly talented Candy Samples!  

Presented by the Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe to bennefit helpNYC, a renowned charitable organization dedicated to community support for underserved New Yorkers, this dazzling event promises an unforgettable afternoon filled with laughter, fun, and thrilling rounds of BINGO hosted by none other than the sensational Candy Samples.

Event Details

What: Holiday DRAG BINGO with Candy Samples

When: Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 2:00p

Where: Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, SoHo, New York City 10012

Tickets: Available now at

The afternoon extravaganza will benefit the work of helpNYC, the leading peer-led organization that has connected over 200,000 underserved New Yorkers to public health and social services in New York City!

Your ticket purchase will go towards the work to end food insecurity, homelessness, substance use, and mental health challenges New Yorkers face.  For every dollar you donate, helpNYC can expand that to over six dollars of value with the help of its mission partners.

Tickets are on sale now at

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About helpNYC:

New York City has one of the largest and extremely comprehensive public health and social service systems in the world, there are only a few, if any, challenges New Yorkers can’t get help with. However, that system of services and resources is extremely challenging to navigate for even the most resourceful of individuals. 

The Resource Navigator ( is the first program of its kind to simplify the navigation of low-barrier services and resources in a person-first, system-second approach. helpNYC actively works to use technology, best practices, language, and other innovative methods to eliminate barriers and stigmas for those in need to access services, resources, and information from our programs.

About Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe:

For over a decade, Housing Works Bookstore has established itself as a New York downtown institution and tourist destination. Nearly all of our stock is donated, and we are staffed with the support of volunteers, so 100% of our profits go to fund Housing Works' lifesaving services. 

Check out their calendar for special events or stop by to shop books, media, gifts, as well as a curated selection of thrift clothing and housewares. The Bookstore & Cafe prides itself in being a great place to shop and meet friends for a coffee or glass of wine. The one-of-a-kind space is available for rent, and we host weddings and special events almost every weekend.

About Candy Samples:

Candy Samples is the singing/songwriting drag phenomenon, having performed in NYC for 20+ years. Most widely known for her shows at Albatross Bar, she’s also graced the stages of The Duplex, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and the former Sidewalk Café. Her new full-length album of original music, “Bittersweet” was released in 2022 to rave reviews. 

Her singles, Bear Season, Queen of the Bears, and Sweet Scandal can be found on all streaming and download platforms. Candy is no stranger to using her Powers for Good, working with AIDS Walk NY (GMHC), Braking AIDS Ride (Housing Works), CrescentCare, and Queens Pride, and encouraging her audiences to get out in their communities and make the world a better place! 

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