What do you get when you mix six tribute bands, lots of naked people, and a passion for finding a breast cancer cure? Nude-a-palooza! Hosted by Cypress Cove Nudist Resort in Kissimmee, Florida, Nude-a-palooza is an all-day charity concert, now in its eleventh year, that has raised nearly $350,000 for breast cancer research. Held on Saturday, October 20 beginning at 12 Noon, the event is open to the public and features six bands with tributes to Buddy Holly, The Carpenters, Donna Summer, Beyoncé, Huey Lewis and the News, and Aerosmith.
“We have different bands every year,” says Regis Pearch, Cypress Cove’s Director of Activities and Nude-a-palooza event coordinator, “and we work hard to include bands and genres for a variety of tastes. The tribute artists are among the best from the Orlando area and it’s amazing how much they look and sound like the originals.”
Not surprising for a nudist resort, Nude-a-palooza is a clothing-optional event where spectators can choose to enjoy the event au natural. “Spending wholesome time outdoors in the nude is what we’re all about here,” Pearch notes. “Many people come to the concert and decide to participate nude, but nudity isn’t mandatory. It’s also about enjoying awesome music and knowing that you’re there to support a good cause.”
That cause is breast cancer research, awareness, and support. According to Cypress Cove General Manager Peter Sewall, “being able to raise nearly three-hundred-and-fifty-thousand dollars over the past ten years has been an honor for us. In past years, proceeds have gone to Rock Pink and the American Cancer Society. This year, we’re partnering with Ribbon Riders, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit made up of lady motorcyclists that host fundraising events to help breast cancer patients with their medical costs.”
At this year’s Nude-a-palooza event, Cypress Cove is also raffling off a free cruise that was donated by Bare Necessities Cruise and Travel. “We’re very grateful to our good friends at Bare Necessities,” Sewall adds. “The donated cruise—a five-thousand-dollar value—is actually a nude cruise aboard their Big Nude Boat that sails in February of 2019.” Proceeds from the raffle, which includes other exciting prizes, also support the mission of Ribbon Riders.
Tickets for Nude-a-palooza cost just $30 per person, and pre-purchased raffle tickets cost only $20 for 40 tickets, which equates to 40 chances at winning that nude cruise. For more event information, visit https://www.cypresscoveresort.com/nudeapalooza/ or call Cypress Cove Nudist Resort at 407-933-5870.