After Dark's 30th Annual AIDS Benefit: One Million Voices Strong
We can fully eradicate the spread of HIV within this generation. Health departments across the country say it’s possible. We know that’s a hefty claim to make, but there is science to back that claim. It's about time that we are able to say that there's light at the end of the tunnel, as the AIDS epidemic is 38 years old this year. Through the raising of funds for HIV and AIDS education, prevention, and awareness, we can say that we not only helped educate our community on how to prevent the spread of HIV, but we can also fight the stigma attached to it.
On Saturday, March 23rd 2019, Babylon/After Dark will commemorate our 30th Annual AIDS Benefit. The staff and friends of Babylon/After Dark have generously hosted this event for the past 30 years. This year the benefit will take place in the Tiger Room with entry accessible through the Babylon/After Dark dance floor.
Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. If you want to purchase tickets in advance, there's a link available.
More than $970,000 has been raised by our benefits for AIDS awareness over the past 29 years, and all money has stayed in the Fort Wayne area. As this is our 30th year providing funds for AIDS and HIV awareness and education in Northeast Indiana, we want to make this an historical effort. We know that it will take a lot of support to obtain this year’s goal of $30,000.
We are setting the goal at $30,000 for two reasons. Firstly, it's $1,000 per year we have been hosting this benefit. Secondly, and most importantly, we are hoping to hit the $1,000,000 mark for the funds raised at After Dark for AIDS and HIV awareness. Every dollar speaks for the person who generously donated. We are One Million Voices Strong!
We are, once again, partnering with the Positive Resource Connection to raise money for their programs. The Positive Resource Connection has served those living with HIV and AIDS in Northeast Indiana for decades.
What are we looking for? Well, we need donations for door prizes, raffles, auction items, as well as monetary donations. We will also have a hospitality table where we will be happy to place your business cards and informational/promotional literature.
All donated items can be picked up at your convenience prior to the March 15th deadline, should you not be able to send or deliver them. Monetary contributions can be by check payable to “Positive Resource Connection.” All checks will be given to the Positive Resource Connection on Monday, March 25, 2019.
There are a lot of things that are new this year, including our twist on a silent auction and a champagne social hour. There will also be raffles to win some donated high-ticket items and a live action being run by the two funniest ‘gurls’ around!
Also new this year is a special Auction Preview Party the day before the benefit, where you can enjoy the cash bar and complimentary light refreshments in addition to having the opportunity to put in advance bids on the items for the next day as well as bid on Auction Preview Party exclusive items! Tickets will be available for this preview on March 1st and are very limited.
The benefit will feature light appetizers, a live auction, lots of surprises, as well as drag entertainment and fun. We will still do what we do best by entertaining the crowd with our talented entertainers. You, your friends, and your co-workers will be amazed by the variety that this show is sure to provide!
We thank you in advance for your generosity. Please know that any donation, whether monetary or otherwise, will impact our community directly. Your help is greatly appreciated!