Photo Recap: Golden Rainbow’s 28th Annual “Ribbon of Life” Speaks to the Continued Needs of the Southern Nevada HIV/AIDS Community

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Golden Rainbow’s 28th Annual “Ribbon of Life” Speaks to the Continued Needs of the Southern Nevada HIV/AIDS Community
Circus-themed show raises money for direct client assistance

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Golden Rainbow took guests “Under the Big Top” during its 28th annual “Ribbon of Life” fundraising production at The Penn & Teller Theater at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Sunday, June 22. The one-of-a-kind event helped raise awareness and funds for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the Southern Nevada Community.

Returning emcees TV personality Chris Saldaña and Edie of Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity served as ringmasters of the circus-inspired production. The two announced the extravaganza’s eclectic lineup that featured mesmerizing acrobatics, goofy clown antics, powerful vocals, remarkable dance numbers, eye-popping illusions and more. Notable performers included Clint Holmes, Josh Strickland and Reva Rice; cast members from Dancing Queen, Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, JERSEY BOYS, Jubilee, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, RagTag Entertainment, ROCK OF AGES, Zombie Burlesque and Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE, Michael Jackson ONETM, Mystère and Zumanity;vocal groups Sin City Opera and The Sound Collage; and many more.

In addition to the fundraising spectacular, Golden Rainbow hosted a silent auction with exclusive prizes including tickets to some of Las Vegas’ top shows, dinner at thecity’s best restaurants and trips to premier destinations. Bidders were entertained by jugglers, clowns and acrobats as they browsed the items in the lobby of the theater.

All proceeds from “Ribbon of Life” benefit the nonprofit’s efforts in providing housing and direct financial assistance to the Southern Nevada HIV/AIDS community. As a result of last year’s fundraising efforts, Golden Rainbow provided its clients with 15,720 nights of shelter; money for medications, transportation and food; among other everyday necessities.

Supporters can learn more about Golden Rainbow’s mission, donate to the cause and order DVDs from this year’s “Ribbon of Life” at www.goldenrainbow.org.

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Photo credit: © Tom Donoghue

About Golden Rainbow
Golden Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada. Founded by members of the entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like “Ribbon of Life” and HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit goldenrainbow.org or call 702.384.2899.

Follow Golden Rainbow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

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Vegas Entertainers Perform at 24th Annual AIDS Walk on May 4

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Las Vegas Entertainers Perform at 24th Annual AIDS Walk 2014 on May 4

A plethora of Vegas’ entertainers will unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS at the 24th annual AIDS Walk on Sunday, May 4 at UNLV to benefit Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN).

For the 13th year in a row, Penn & Teller will serve as grand marshals and leaders of the Penn & Teller Challenge, matching donations of $250 or more.

Local TV personality Chris Saldaña and morning co-host at 100.5 FM KXNT Dayna Roselli will host the day’s festivities, which will kick-off with Josh Strickland from VEGAS! The Show singing the National Anthem. Also performing during the opening ceremony and at the community picnic following the walk are: acts from Le Rêve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas, Rose.Rabbit.Lie, Panda!, Mo5aic, Absinthe, Million Dollar Quartet, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, DJ Axis, Zodiac Dragon, Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko Drummers, Kaution Dance Kru and instructors from TruFusion Yoga will lead the warm up before the walk.

AIDS Walk Las Vegas has become the largest fundraiser of the year for AFAN, with more than 12,000 walkers in 2013, raising more than $400,000. Understanding that the fight against HIV/AIDS is a community effort, AFAN is inviting other local HIV/AIDS nonprofits to participate in AIDS Walk and giving back 50% of the money raised by their teams to support their own organization’s fundraising missions.

Presenting sponsors of AIDS Walk include Penn & Teller, Walgreens, Findlay Cadillac and Findlay Honda, Ketel One Vodka, Jetflicks, Vegas Seven, CBS Radio and Jamba Juice.

Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. in front of the Student Union with the opening ceremony at 9 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10:30. The community picnic, which is a joint effort with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), will be held immediately following the walk in front of the Student Union and feature some of Las Vegas’ finest food trucks.

Individuals of all ages are encouraged to participate and registration is free. A minimum donation of $50 per person is encouraged and includes an official AIDS Walk t-shirt. For additional information and to register, visit afanlv.org

To kick off the weekend, TAO Nightclub at The Venetian will host the fourth annual Red Party on Thursday, May 1 with free admission and two-hour open bar for attendees dressed in red. TAO will make a donation to AFAN for every guest that arrives dressed in red.

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary of providing support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, AFAN is the oldest and largest AIDS organization in the state of Nevada, assisting more than 4,000 local men, women and children.

Golden Rainbow Welcomes Returning Hosts Chris Saldaña and Edie for the 27th Annual “Ribbon of Life” Fundraising Production on Sunday, June 30

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GOLDEN RAINBOW WELCOMES RETURNING HOSTS CHRIS SALDAÑA AND EDIE FOR
THE 27TH ANNUAL “RIBBON OF LIFE” FUNDRAISING PRODUCTION ON SUNDAY, JUNE 30
Tickets still available at www.goldenrainbow.org

 

Golden Rainbow welcomes back TV personality Chris Saldaña and Edie of Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity to host the 27th annual “Ribbon of Life” production. The fundraiser will take place at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 30.

Saldaña, a two time Emmy award-winning journalist, has nearly 15 years of experience working as an anchor and reporter. Aside from being a TV personality, Saldaña frequently hosts and emcees numerous local and national charitable events. He has served as a public speaker on various topics including diversity within school classrooms, cross cultural differences in media coverage, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues. Saldaña has been an avid supporter of Golden Rainbow and will be returning to host “Ribbon of Life” for a third time.

Edie has been a member of Cirque du Soleil’s hit show Zumanity for five years. The “Mistress of Sensuality” has performed more than 2,500 shows for over 3 million people. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Edie wowed audiences across the world as a professional ballet dancer, and received awards for “Best Dancer” and “Entertainer of the Year” at the Glammys, the ultimate drag award show. Edie will be returning to host “Ribbon of Life” for a third time.

“Ribbon of Life” is one of the largest HIV/AIDS fundraisers in the state of Nevada and the Golden Rainbow’s main source of revenue. The fundraising spectacular is unlike any other production in the city and features some of the best performers from premier shows on the Las Vegas Strip. Showcasing new numbers and talent, each year’s audience is always surprised, thrilled and inspired by the performances that are exclusive to the event. Tickets for Golden Rainbow’s 27th annual “Ribbon of Life” fundraising production are still available for purchase at The Smith Center Box Office, thesmithcenter.com, ticketmaster.com or by calling 702-749-2000.

 

About Golden Rainbow
Golden Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Founded by members of the entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like Ribbon of Life and HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit www.goldenrainbow.org or call 702.384.2899.
Follow Golden Rainbow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

AFAN Hosts 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas on April 15, 2012

AFAN Hosts 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas on April 15, 2012

WHAT:                 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas to benefit Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN)

 

WHEN:  
Sunday, April 15, 2012
8 a.m. – sign-in for teams and individuals
9 a.m. – opening ceremony
10:30 a.m. – AIDS Walk
12 p.m. – closing ceremony

 

WHERE: 
 University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Campus
Student Union
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154

 

WHO:
Penn & Teller, Grand Marshals for the 11th consecutive year
Chris Saldana Anchor of 8 News Now, Master of Ceremonies
People of all ages are encouraged to participate in the 22nd Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas.

                             

REGISTER:           Registration is free, but a minimum donation of $50 per person is encouraged and includes an official AIDS Walk T-shirt.  All interested participants are encouraged to register online at www.afanlv.kintera.org/2012aw

About AFAN
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. 2009 marked AFAN’s 25th anniversary of practicing its unyielding commitment to the community by providing unparalleled health expertise, support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. 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. For more information, please visit www.afanlv.org.

 

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Golden Rainbow hosts 25th “Ribbon of Life” at Paris Theatre on June 26

Local HIV/AIDS nonprofit Golden Rainbow hosted its 25th annual “Ribbon of Life” fundraising spectacular at Paris Théâtre inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel on Sunday, June 26. Prior to the show, guests were greeted at the theatre entrance with fancy feather boas to celebrate the show’s silver anniversary. This year’s “Ribbon of Life” drew a record-setting crowd with 1,158 people in attendance including Siegfried Fischbacher from Siegfried & Roy. Hosted by 8 News Now anchor Chris Saldaña and Edie the Entertainer, each number left the audience curious for more. Hit acts included “Big Spender” by Fantasy, “The Color Purple” by THE LION KING, Tarzan’s “Everything I Am” by PEEPSHOW headliner and co-star of E!’s “Holly’s World” Josh Strickland, “Footloose” by Human Nature and Clint Holmes’ rendition of “West Side Story” which earned a standing ovation from the crowd, just to name a few.

Following the spectacular, show attendees enjoyed an after-party at Chateau Nightclub and Gardens and celebrated with a silent auction, music, cocktails and a cake designed by Freed’s Bakery of Las Vegas. The benefit raised more $151,000, surpassing the previous year’s goal by $20,000. Money raised during the event directly supports Golden Rainbow’s mission to provide housing and financial assistance to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

About Golden Rainbow
Celebrating 25 years of service to the Southern Nevada area, Golden Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Founded by members of the entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like Ribbon of Life and HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit http://www.goldenrainbow.org/ or call 702.384.2899.

Photo credit: Tom Donoghue/Donoghue Photos

Golden Rainbow Presents 25th Annual “Ribbon of Life” Spectacular At Paris Theatre Inside Paris Las Vegas On June 26

GOLDEN RAINBOW PRESENTS 25TH ANNUAL “RIBBON OF LIFE” SPECTACULAR
AT PARIS THÉÂTRE INSIDE PARIS LAS VEGAS ON JUNE 26

What:
HIV/AIDS nonprofit Golden Rainbow presents the 25th “Ribbon of Life” fundraising production at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at Paris Théâtre inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel. This year’s spectacular will be hosted by 8 News NOW anchor Chris Saldaña and Edie the Entertainer and confirmed performers include comedian George Wallace, Emmy award-winning entertainer and singer Clint Holmes, PEEPSHOW headliner and co-star of E!’s “Holly’s World” Josh Strickland, Motown sensations Human Nature and cast members from Jubilee!, “O”, Le Reve, Zumanity, Fantasy, THE LION KING and more.

When:
Sunday, June 26
1 p.m.

Where:
Paris Théâtre at Paris Las Vegas Hotel
3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Details:
Tickets are priced at $35, $50, $100 and VIP level tickets are available for $200. All tickets include entry to the after-party directly following ”Ribbon of Life” at Chateau Nightclub and Gardens inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Tickets can be purchased at parislasvegas.com, ticketmaster.com and the Paris Las Vegas Box Office at 888.746.7784.

Drawing thousands of supporters throughout Southern Nevada, “Ribbon of Life” is easily one of the biggest shows of the year and Golden Rainbow’s main source of revenue.

Follow Golden Rainbow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Golden Rainbow Presents 25th Annual “Ribbon of Life” Spectacular At Paris Theatre Inside Paris Las Vegas On June 26

GOLDEN RAINBOW PRESENTS 25TH ANNUAL “RIBBON OF LIFE” SPECTACULAR

AT PARIS THÉÂTRE INSIDE PARIS LAS VEGAS ON JUNE 26

What: HIV/AIDS nonprofit Golden Rainbow presents the 25th “Ribbon of Life” fundraising production at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at Paris Théâtre inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel. This year’s spectacular will be hosted by 8 News NOW anchor Chris Saldaña and Edie the Entertainer and confirmed performers include comedian George Wallace, Emmy award-winning entertainer and singer Clint Holmes, PEEPSHOW headliner and co-star of E!’s “Holly’s World” Josh Strickland, Motown sensations Human Nature and cast members from Jubilee!, “O”, Le Reve, Zumanity, Fantasy, THE LION KING and more.

When: Sunday, June 26
1 p.m.

Where: Paris Théâtre at Paris Las Vegas Hotel
3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Details: Tickets are priced at $35, $50, $100 and VIP level tickets are available for $200. All tickets include entry to the after-party directly following ”Ribbon of Life” at Chateau Nightclub and Gardens inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Tickets can be purchased at parislasvegas.com, ticketmaster.com and the Paris Las Vegas Box Office at 888.746.7784.

Drawing thousands of supporters throughout Southern Nevada, “Ribbon of Life” is easily one of the biggest shows of the year and Golden Rainbow’s main source of revenue.

Follow Golden Rainbow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.