Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Friends, family rally around Cookie Dough

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 5.59.25 PMFriends and family of Cookie Dough are rallying to support the popular San Francisco drag queen, who they say is in a coma after becoming ill in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

A GoFundMe page was launched today (Friday, January 23) in an effort to raise $40,000. More than $19,000 has been donated.

“We (I) have started this campaign to help our beloved Cookie Dough & her beloved husband Michael [Chu] with any and all costs associated with this,” friend Forrest Parnell said on the fundraising site. “Let’s show our love & support by giving WHATEVER you can, anything is fine!  I know that Cookie has been entertaining all of us for years.”

Cookie Dough, 51, whose given name is Eddie Bell,  has played the role of Sofia Petrillo in the all-drag Golden Girls stage show for years and is also known for raising money for numerous causes.

Golden Girls co-star Heklina (she plays Dorothy Zbornak) is offering proceeds from her “Mother” drag show, 10 p.m. Saturday, January 24 to help Cookie Dough. Tickets for the show, at Oasis, 298 11th Street, are available through the club’s website or Facebook.

“Cookie is someone who I’ve called a friend for over a decade, and I’ve done some of my best work with her,” Heklina, whose given name is Stefan Grygelko, said in an email. “She is one of the most sincere, kind human beings I have ever known, and you won’t find anyone with a bad thing to say about her.”

 [Update, Monday, January 26]: According to friends of Cookie Dough’s, she was transferred this morning to a hospital in San Francisco from Puerto Vallarta. The GoFundMe goal of $40,000 has been surpassed. [End update]

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 23, 2015 @ 6:30 pm PST
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