Las Vegas' hottest party of the year, Aid for AIDS of Nevada's (AFAN) 30th annual Black & White Party, returns on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. inside
ARIA Resort & Casino. Hosted by Mark Shunock (host of Mondays Dark) and the "bearded lady of Las Vegas," Norma Layman (Jim McCoy), the highly anticipated event will feature savory food & beverage offerings, top-notch entertainment and DJs and exciting silent auction items. As always, the costumes attendees wear will be the life of the party. Last year, 3,500 guests raised more than $145,000 to benefit AFAN's client service programs which help men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada.
Guests will be treated to samples from some of ARIA's finest restaurants including Carbone, Herringbone, BARDOT Brasserie, Sage, Jean-Georges Steakhouse, Julian Serrano Tapas, Burger Lounge, Lemongrass, Blossom and FIVE50 Pizza Bar. Back Bar USA will return once again to pour top shelf spirits from a variety of brands including Tito's Handmade Vodka, Skyy Vodka, Modelo Especial, Absolut Vodka, Three Olives Vodka, Cutty Sark Prohibition, Bud Light, Bacardi Rum, Don Julio Tequila, Jack Daniels, Basil Hayden, Fiji Water and Red Bull.
Fantastic silent auction items will be up for bid including meet and greets with Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie and Olivia Newton-John. Additional items include tickets to Pet Shop Boys, Blue Man Group, Penn & Teller, Rock of Ages, Human Nature, Divas starring Frank Marino, Thunder From Down Under, Absinthe and more. To view silent auction items, visit the AFAN Facebook album with photos at facebook.com/AFANLV. Guests also can visit sustainable jewelry brand ALEX AND ANI at the event to purchase a special Kindred Cord Red Heart bracelet with a percentage of proceeds donated back to AFAN.
The $50 general admission ticket includes entrance to the official LGBT after-party at Piranha Nightclub and Temptation Sundays pool party at Luxor on Sunday, Aug. 21. VIP tickets are available for $125 and grant early entry at 7 p.m., as well as entrance to the VIP after-party hosted at JEWEL Nightclub at ARIA. VIP ticket holders also will have access to Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand and 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage. Tickets and VIP tables can be purchased at afanlv.org. Guests must be 21+ years old and black and white attire is required for admission - as much as you'd like (or as little as you can get away with).
As a "Right to Wear Red" year, AFAN will honor individuals with the distinction of wearing red in a sea of black and white for their dedication and commitment to AFAN's mission to help people living with HIV / AIDS. These honorees include:
* Todd Morgan
* Tim Haughinberry
* Richard Hudock
* Jim McCoy
* Melody Sweets
* Matthew Frazier
* Mark Shunock
* Marek Bute
* Lia Rispoli
* Joe Henderson
* Creecy Underwood
* Charles Larson
* William "Trip" Oldfield
* Darryl Thomas
For guests looking to make it a weekend soirée, the celebration starts early at ARIA with an all-inclusive $125 per person cocktail party and wine dinner at Carbone on Friday, August 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. On Sunday, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Herringbone will offer an all-inclusive $100 per person brunch experience. Tickets for both events can be purchased at
afanlv.org and proceeds benefit AFAN, HRC Las Vegas and The Center Las Vegas.
Top sponsors include Back Bar USA, Snell & Wilmer, PDQ Printing, Greenspun Media Group (The Sunday / Las Vegas Weekly), Penn & Teller, Walgreens, MGM Resorts International and CBS Radio.
For special room rates, visit ARIA online or call the resort directly at 866-359-7757 and mention group code "AFAN."
For more information, please visit afanlv.org. Keep up with AFAN events and news on Facebook - www.facebook.com/AFANLV/, Twitter - twitter.com/afanlv and Instagram.
Aria Hotel & Casino
3730 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89158
Photo Credit - Tonya Harvey