Largest Fashion Event in Town Marks World AIDS Day in High Style Colorado AIDS Project’s Red Ball Celebrates 8th Anniversary
November 14, 2016, DENVER, CO – Denver Colorado AIDS Project (DCAP) announced today that an attendance of nearly 1,000 people is expected for the 8th annual Red Ball, Igniting Awareness for World AIDS Day, which will be held on Sunday, November 20th, at the EXDO Event Center.
Red Ball is a hip, chic and ultra-contemporary runway event that will include collaborations with 14 local high-end fashion designers, top-notch hair stylists from several local salons, and 70 models from various agencies and other sources throughout Colorado to produce an ultra-chic fashion and hair show unlike any other in Denver.
This unforgettable evening features incredible sounds by nationally-known DJ Rockstar Aaron, with a Not-So-Silent auction hosted by Mona Lott that will feature more than 40 choices including experiential outings, glamorous hotel stays, custom jewelry, beauty packages, and more. Guests can download the Handbid app in advance of the show to bid on silent auction items, buy tickets, or make a donation. https://www.handbid.com/
The main runway event, hosted by Fashion Denver’s very own Brandi Shigley, will feature a variety of designs – formal, couture, edgy, casual, underwear & lingerie – with innovative hair designs that are equally diverse and often unexpected. The event is produced by Colorado AIDS Project with the runway show choreographed by Marnee Padilla, a runway choreographer with over 15 years of experience in Los Angeles and New York Fashion Weeks.
This is Colorado AIDS Project’s second-largest event of the year (after AIDS Walk Colorado), raising awareness for World AIDS Day, which is observed annually on December 1st. The event also raises much-needed funds to support services provided to nearly 4,000 individuals living with HIV in the Denver Metro area, educate high-risk populations, and advocate for social and health care equality.
Since Red Ball was created in 2009, it has quickly grown to become one of the “it” fashion events in Denver, showcasing more designers and featuring more models than many other runway shows in town. Red Ball is a medium for the talent in Colorado’s thriving fashion industry to take center stage among fashionistas and industry professionals alike, and provides a platform for many independent models to gain the attention of scouts from various talent agencies across Colorado. Between 2009 and 2014, the annual event saw an attendance increase of over 440%.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a special reception for VIP ticket holders, 7:00 p.m. for General Admission, and the runway show will begin at 8:00 p.m. Additional event information can be found at www.RedBallDenver.org.
X Bar at 629 E. Colfax will also be hosting an After Party with a portion of the proceeds benefitting CHN.
Denver Colorado AIDS Project Red Ball Cont’d.
Participating Local Designers/Labels: Parasite Eve Designs, Infernal Contraptions Apparel, Darlene Ritz, James Silvrants, AnnaFesta, Studio Yoshida, Fashion House of Rae Marie, Kimono Dragons, Juan Carlos Melendez-Ramos, Eddie Ricke, Courtney Volkel and Reanna Chase, Brad Poppie, Megan Summerville, and Michael Morton.
Participating Local Salons: Studio: A Collective of Stylists, Planet Laboratories Salon, 3 Little Birds, Tallgrass Spa and Salon, K Murphy Creations, Flaunt Salon, Babooshka, J Gregory Salon, Copperfalls Salon and Spa, Lifespa, Shear Barbering, Belle and Beau Salon, and Vanity Dollz.
Sponsors: HeyDenver, Out Front, Jay’s Valet, Walgreens, Fashion Denver, EXDO Event Center, DJ Rockstar Aaron, Elevate Health Insurance, Absolut Vodka, Envie Web & Creative.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1,200,000 people in the U.S. are living with HIV. Of those, about one in eight is unaware that they have HIV. More medicines are allowing people living with the virus to live longer, healthier lives, as well as prevent new infections among populations at risk.
Latest statistics show nearly 12,700 people are living with HIV/AIDS in the state of Colorado (CDPHE, 2014). African Americans account for more than 18 percent of new HIV cases reported in Colorado, while African Americans account for just four percent of the state’s population. Hispanics comprised 27 percent of new HIV cases reported in Colorado during that same time, while Hispanics make up 20 percent of the state’s population (CDPHE, 2014/U.S. Census Bureau, 2008).
The statewide Colorado Health Network dba. Colorado AIDS Project was formed on October 1, 2011, by the merger of Northern Colorado AIDS Project (NCAP) in Ft. Collins, Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP) in Colorado Springs, Western Colorado AIDS Project (WestCAP) in Grand Junction, and what has now become Denver Colorado AIDS Project (formerly CAP); followed last year with the additional merger of Howard Dental Center. The merged organization allows greater efficiencies in practices and a larger front for national funding. The statewide Colorado AIDS Project provides services in 61 of Colorado’s 63 counties. Boulder County AIDS Project, not part of the statewide organization, provides services in Boulder, Gilpin, and Clear Creek counties.
About Colorado Health Network (CHN)
The mission of Colorado Health Network is to equitably meet the evolving needs of people affected by HIV and other health conditions through prevention, care and advocacy. CHN supports nearly 6,000 clients statewide living with HIV each year through such support services as case management, mental health and substance abuse counseling, oral health services, housing assistance, transportation, a food bank providing nearly 150,000 meals annually, clean needle exchange, nutritional education, and insurance assistance. CHN reaches more than 27,000 people annually with messages of prevention and education while providing more than 3,000 free HIV tests each year. For more information, visit www.coloradohealthnetwork.org