Mondays Dark

Mondays Dark? What does that mean? Well, it has nothing to do with the weather! In a city known for its world class entertainment, "dark days" are slow days, or days off, for local entertainers; usually a Monday. If you're a Las Vegan who loves affordable entertainment AND supporting a charitable cause, let us shed some light on Mondays Dark. Mark Shunock, formerly known for his singing performance as Lonny in the ‘Rock of Ages’ show, is the creator and host of Mondays Dark. Mondays Dark began three years ago, with the intention of allowing entertainers to give back to the Las Vegas community. Twice a month, Mark partners with local charities, and enlists an eclectic cast of performers,...


Sweet Run 2016: We Need You!

In Portland, a team of volunteers are meeting for a group run. They have committed to raise money and awareness in order to offer tangible resources to people who have been sex trafficked, and those working in the adult industry. All of them have busy schedules and plenty of commitments, and they could have used another couple of hours of sleep, but it’s a small sacrifice of time and effort for something they believe in. They know every dollar they raise is making a difference. In Las Vegas a woman is lacing up her running shoes and stretching. She has a half-marathon coming up in October, and she’s ready to tackle a five mile training run. Running and fundraising are hard for her, but...


Summer Self-Care & Wellness Day

For some people, summer is the time for beach vacations, sightseeing, swimming, and BBQs. For others, however, the summer can be a stressful time - kids are home from school and it’s challenging to find events to keep them busy and happy for 3 months. Work can be slow for many industries in the summer months, and the heat itself can be dangerous and stressful for everyone. We rarely make time for self-care in our busy lives, but it's truly essential for having a full and well-rounded life. In the event that you are a primary caregiver (especially to children or elderly adults), if you aren’t taking care of your own needs, you have nothing left to provide to others. It’s essential to...


AVN: Caring for Entertainers at the "Porn Show"

Every January, AVN hosts the largest adult entertainment expo in the world in Las Vegas, NV, attended this year by more than 500 entertainers, 30,000 fans...and 49 staff and volunteers from The Cupcake Girls. While the entertainers are in town to focus on building their business, we’re there for the opportunity to care for them. Now in our fifth year hosting an entertainers-only relaxation suite, we were thrilled this year to offer more than 350 clients compassionate, agenda-less care. Our spa professionals traveled from all over the country to provide hair and makeup services, and this year we added a fresh smoothie bar, provided thousands of snacks and cups of coffee, and hosted a...


Portland SlutWalk 2015

This Sunday, September 20th is Portland's annual SlutWalk. What is SlutWalk you may ask? Check out this Q&A with two local activists who are passionately involved in putting together this amazing event. What is the purpose of the event? ELLE: I like to think that we are creating a safe(r) space, and bringing attention to the issue of rape culture. The word “Slut” can bring such a visceral reaction in some folks; I’ve seen people cringe just because of it. And why? The word itself means nothing; it is an intangible, a construct. STERLING: This event is meant to raise awareness around sexualized violence, victim-blaming, slut- shaming, and rape culture in general. Our society is...


Will Run for Cupcakes - Sweet Run 2015

​ We’re looking for runners (and walkers!) to partner with the Las Vegas team for our annual Sweet Run, happening November 14th and 15th, 2015. What exactly is “The Sweet Run”? Good question! The Sweet run is what we call this fundraiser, which is actually part of the largest race series in the U.S. - The Rock ‘n’ Roll race series. This year is especially exciting because there are even more race options to choose from. You can run or walk a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon. How can I help? We're so glad you asked! You sign up for one of the Las Vegas rock ‘n’ roll races and then set up a fundraiser page to raise money for The Cupcake Girls. It couldn’t be easier! If...


Women Supporting Women- Join us at AVN 2016!

One of the things I love most about The Cupcake Girls is a lot of what we do boils down to women supporting women. We do have male volunteers, male and transgender clients, but 95% of both our volunteers and clients are female. We live in a world where we can see women tearing each other down, whether it be for career choices, differing views on parenting, politics, marriage, etc.  Sometimes it feels the world we live in often revolves around judgment, rather than acceptance, support, and/or encouragement of one another.  Our Cupcake Girls team is filled with women working together to utilize our personal strengths to provide support and resources to people working in the adult industry....


Wellness Day 2015

This past Sunday the Portland branch had the opportunity to host a Wellness Day Event for local adult entertainers. You may have noticed that in previous years we have done a Spa Day, but this year we decided to go in a little bit of a different direction. Our vision for the event was not only for our clients to have a day of relaxation but for them to also be able to continue practicing what they learned at the event in their everyday lives. As a staff, we value how important self-care is and that was our inspiration for this event. I believe the majority of us can sometimes forget about self-care, so I think this event was eye opening for not only our clients but also our staff and...


Our Goals & Dreams Start Here

This past Wednesday, July 15th, the Portland team hosted our first ever donor event. We invited anyone and everyone who has ever donated to The Cupcake Girls in the Oregon/Washington area. We we’re so excited to finally show off our brand new office space and share our dreams and goals for the future with the people who brought us this far. The night began with mingling over food and drinks, and was followed by a guided office tour. We loved being able to show off our new space to the people who pay for us to be here. What’s special about our shared office space is that we can access it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are private conference rooms where we can have private staff,...


The Gift of Wellness

Right now our Gifts Team is gearing up for our 3rd Annual Wellness Day, previously named Spa Day.  Our Portland team is incredibly excited about this new approach on pampering. In previous years we’ve treated our clients with getting their hair, makeup and nails done but we’ve decided to take a whole new route this year. We have been reaching out to different community specialists such as massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, yoga instructors, naturopaths, and different spa professionals who are willing to donate their time and skills for our event. We want to also incorporate aromatherapy, essential oils and tips about self-care. We decided to change the event from Spa...