Rose Empress XLIV Poison Waters, Portland, Oregon
A Community Leader synonymous with: Dedication, Passion, Humor, Joy and Positive Light! Poison Waters is not just a personality, Poison Waters is an experience.
Poison Waters is 25 years old as of 2013. Kevin Cook is somewhat older. They share a record of celebrity and service in Portland that crosses lines of race and gender, and is absolutely without equal.
Poison Waters first appeared in Portland in 1988. Since then, Poison/Kevin has worked or volunteered with countless nonprofit groups in our community, and has twice been invited to speak at Portland City Hall. In 2001, Poison was elected Rose Empress of Portland’s Imperial Sovereign Rose Court. The Court raised a landmark $40,000 for local charities that year. Kevin/Poison has volunteered with Cascade AIDS Project since 1988, and has served on CAP’s Board of Directors twice.
Thirteen years ago, Kevin/Poison began working with Women’s Inter-community AIDS Resource, serving families affected by HIV/AIDS. This year, he’s Camp Director at Camp KC (Kids Connection), a week-long summer camp for kids who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Kevin/Poison has been honored by Pride NW, Cascade AIDS Project, Imperial Sovereign Rose Court, Oregon Bears, and the Coalition for AIDS for his steadfast work within the HIV/AIDS community.
As an entertainer, Kevin/Poison has been in demand from New York City to Honolulu, and from Calgary to San Diego. When Kevin and Poison aren't on the road, or donating time for a fundraiser, they entertain and co-host at the legendary Darcelle XV Showplace.
Whatever the title, event, cause or venue, one thing remains the same: the important bond between Poison Waters and her audience. She will always remain, “the smile on the face of Portland.”