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Note: This is a past article from September 06, 2013
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE

The 27th Annual Black & White Party

Wow, what a night! The 27th Annual Black & White Party was held at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel/Casino. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. there was continuous food tastings from some of Las Vegas’ premier restaurants, beverage vendors serving drinks, amazing entertainment, schmoozing, games, stilt walkers, tattooing, gazing at incredible costumes including balloons, feathers and sequins, Go-Go Girls, gift bags, raffle prizes, picture taking, informational vendors, dancing and more and more continuous fun, fun, fun. All this for an admission price of $35.

Proceeds from the event benefitted AFAN, the largest and longest running AIDs service organization in Nevada. What a great fundraiser it was for AFAN as nearly 3500 guests, costumed or dressed in black and white, filled The Joint in an unforgettable party atmosphere while raising over $130,000, approximately 10% more than last year. The Black & White Party began as a humble gathering of community members in 1986 to collect canned foods for those living with HIV/AIDS in Nevada. Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984. Over the years, AFAN has created various programs that offer consistent and comprehensive assistance including direct client service programs, food programs, 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.

The Black & White Party was hosted by Chris Saldaña, former television anchor, Lauren Michaels from 98.5, KLUC’s “Chet Buchannan and The Morning Zoo,” and Jaymes and James, “Team Chippendales” from CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” who also performed their recent song, “Light Up the Skies.”

The great entertainment was continuous and a highlight of the evening was vocal impressionist Veronic and her fabulous dancers from her show at Bally’s. Veronic performed as divas Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Madonna and more.


Veronic performing with her dancers

Other standout performances included the cast of “The D*Word-A Musical,’ Britney Spears impersonator Derrick Barry from Divas Las Vegas, FANTASY with new leading lady, Jaime Lynch, Maren Wade from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Recycled Percussion, The Skating Aratas, Tony n' Tina's Wedding, VEGAS! The Show” and Zodiac Dragon, a multi-genre multimedia immersion.

FANTASY with Jaime Lynch




VEGAS! The Show

The Skating Aratas

Strolling entertainers including sword swallowers, hand magicians and impromptu performances from the Nevada Ballet Theatre added to the revelry.

Guests enjoyed food and beverage from a multitude of vendors including Aliante, Avion Tequila, Brio, Culinary Dropout, Double Helix, Ferraro’s, Mr. Lucky’s, Pink Taco, Sugar Factory and Trader Joes. So many raffle prizes that cost only $1.00 per ticket were won and vendors and games were giving gifts. I even received a prize at one of the games that was a penis toss. One of my three tosses connected onto the penis.

So many costumes were outrageous, beautiful and even commemorative. One costume was completely made out of balloons and condoms and took 10 hours to make it by Tawny Balloon. It was really amazing and beautiful.

with Z.Z.

A Fashion Icon contest gave people the opportunity to vote for 5 contestants by putting money into a box below each contestant’s photo. Eduardo Cordova was the winner and received a $500 gift from Macy’s.

Winner Eduardo Cordova holding Macy’s gift
with Chris Saldaña and James & James at both ends

Stilt Walker

Tatoo Artistry

Go-Go Dancing

Penn and Teller who were sponsors of the Black & WhiteParty came onstage and thanked everyone for coming to this great event. Other sponsors were: Walgreens, Findlay Cadillac and Findlay Honda Henderson. Gold sponsors include Pink Kitty Creative, Vegas Seven, Yelp, DJ Axis, one7 communications, SocialRoad media, Blown Out Productions, PDQ Printing, Spring Valley Pharmacy, David Barton Gym, AVT Event Technologies, and QVegas.

President of AFAN and Partner

Board member - Las Vegas State Senator Ruben Kihuen with Z.Z.

Earl Shelton - AFAN Development Director with 3 costumed Cow Boys

The B&W Party continued at The Joint until 1 a.m. and an Afterparty went on until all hours at Fruit Loop ( a niteclub within walking distance). Congratulations to all that made The Black &White Party such a successful event.

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