Monday, April 25, 2011

Big Night Out for AIDS Service Center Pasadena is coming April 30

The AIDS Service Center Pasadena presents the 14th Annual Big Night Out on Saturday, April 30. This unique affair explores the charm and elegance of Pasadena and surrounding area by hosting approximately twenty exclusive dinner parties in some of the region’s most distinguished and historic settings benefiting AIDS Service Center (ASC).

BIG NIGHT OUT has become one of the region’s most enthusiastically anticipated events and ASC’s premiere fund raising event. The concept is simple: 700 guests gather at a central location for a gala reception, which precedes the evening’s activities. This year’s gala reception is being hosted at the Keating Residence, a stunning contemporary home in the heart of San Marino, California, adjacent to The Huntington. The kick off gala includes auctions, hors-d'oeuvres, and hosted bars. The auctions include a range of must-have items which include travel, home décor, fine dining and luxury goods. Some of the featured auction items this year include a one week stay at Mi Besito, a B & B in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico, a vintage Vespa and over 40 Asian Fine Art Antiquities.

Following the gala reception you will make your way to one of 20 privately themed dinner parties, including A Night in Aztlan, A Tribute to MGM Musicals Under the Stars, a Night of Mad Men, A Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Night on the Kasbah, and A Taste of California, among many other unique dinner parties. The kickoff reception begins at 4:30 p.m., and then the guests depart at 7:00 to the individual dinner parties.

So, I will make a plug for one of these 20 privately themed dinner parties…yes, you’ve guessed it: A Night in Aztlan! Hosted by Gloria Castro, Yolanda DeGarcia, Alberto Mendoza, Marva Brannum and Ryan Mendoza. Come enjoy music, art, dancing and literature including readings by me from my new novel, The Book of Want (University of Arizona Press). Dinner will be provided by El Portal Restaurant, and there will be live Latin entertainment and cocktails to set the mood.

For more information, visit here. To purchase tickets, visit here.

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