All we can say is “Wow!” We were totally bowled over by everyone and everything at Art Against AIDS this year! From the art to the food to the entertainment – everything was top notch. With over 1,000 people in attendance, the crowd was the largest we have seen in years, making Art Against AIDS THE place to be in New Orleans on Saturday night.
With the museum awash in red for World AIDS Day, the harmonious voices of Shades of Praise filled the great hall as guests entered, champagne in hand. Throughout the evening, attendees were treated to performances by the Sirens of New Orleans and Big Deal Burlesque produced by Roxie Le Rouge while they sampled cuisine from many of New Orleans finest eateries and enjoyed freely-flowing cocktails.The Holiday Boutique was abuzz with business, thanks to some of the most creative ornaments that we’ve ever seen from our school art program. Of course the centerpiece of Art Against AIDS was once again the art auction. Our artists really outdid themselves this year, donating truly spectacular works of art — and we saw the bidding to match. Once the auction had ended, DJ Tim Pfleuger of Oz helped people dance the night away in the great hall, while others chose to relax under the stars with an after dinner drink and some great jazz in the Harrah’s Thousand Words Lounge.
At the end of the night, thanks to all of our attendees, sponsors, volunteers, artists, restaurants and entertainers, over $100,000 was raised to help men, women and families affected by HIV and AIDS. A huge thank you for your support in helping make the 26th Annual Art Against AIDS a success!
You can check out more of the action from Art Against AIDS on facebook. We’ve got the first batch of photos posted, with more still to come.