Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) hosted the 28th annual Black & White Party at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas last night. With black and white attire as the only dress code, the dichromatic fashion ran the gamut from couture cocktail dresses to painted on pasties. 3,000 guests filled the venue to party for a good cause, raising nearly $130,000 to benefit AFAN’s client service programs.
Host Bryan Chan introduced performances from Jabbawockeez, Melody Sweets, Sky Dee Miles, Jubilee!, Chase Brown, Lorena Peril, new show LIMELIGHT and more. Star of RuPaul’s “Drag Race” Shangela (D.J. Pierce) was a highlight of the night and posed for photos with guests. The night was full of surprises as Chan invited some of his pals from Chippendales to the stage for an unforgettable performance.
With 2014 being AFAN’s 30th anniversary, the organization honored some of their original founders with the “Right to Wear Red,” including Wes Davis, Mel Pohl and Senator David Parks. AFAN’s board members and executive director Antioco Carillo welcomed the nominees and recognized their lasting contributions to the community.
Guests enjoyed food & beverage samplings from Vegas’ top chefs and mixologists including Culinary Dropout, Maggiano’s, Pink Taco, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Jamba Juice, Popcorn Girl, Ferraro’s, Aliante Casino + Hotel and Back Bar USA.
Photo credit: Erik Kabik
|Guests and stilt performers|
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. This year marks AFAN’s 30th anniversary of unyielding commitment to the community, providing support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. AFAN offers consistent and comprehensive direct client service programs, including medical case management, housing and utility assistance, emergency food and transportation vouchers, prevention and education programs and community outreach. As part of AFAN’s mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visitafanlv.org. Keep up with AFAN events and news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.