It's gonna be a beautiful night: Prince-themed dance party raises money for West End drop-in

On Friday, Winnipeggers will have a chance to get down for a cause at a dance party in honour of the late Prince that's also a fundraiser for a local drop-in for sex workers.

Part of the proceeds from "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" will go to support Our Place, a safe space for sex workers hosted by a group of Winnipeg non-profits including the Daniel McIntyre St.Matthews Community Association.

Sam Medd, one of the program's founders, said the funds will be used to pay for naloxone kits, used to reverse opioid overdoses, and training on how to use them.

Medd worked for the community association until Thursday, when the group laid off all of its staff members due to delays to the province's Neighbourhoods Alive! Program.

"We've just been operating on small grants constantly as it is, so [the fundraiser] was always important," she said.

"But now today, after having been giving our notice yesterday for the layoffs, this couldn't have come at a better time."

Along with Medd, Our Place has staff from Spence Neighbourhood Association, Klinic and Sunshine House, who haven't been laid off.

The program provides a safe space for people at any stage of sex work, along with food, computer access, harm reduction supplies including training on CPR and how to use naloxone kits to fight an opioid overdose.

"It's very important to the folks that come to this," Medd said of the program.

"It also is the only one in the West End currently that's open for that particular demographic, and the West End is an extremely large part of our city, so it's very important."

"It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" goes from 10 p.m. to late at the Good Will Social Club. Tickets are $5 before 11 p.m. and $10 after.