Masquerage to raise $100k for local organization

Attendees enter into "Masquerage 2015", a fundraiser for ARC Ohio. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — It’s called the “Party of all Parties” in the Miami Valley. The annual ‘Masquerage’ fundraiser is raising money for a local organization.

Will Hardy, President of the AIDS Resource Center Ohio, tells us they expect more than 800 attendees to dress up in costumes — for a cause.

“It’s our single largest annual fundraiser, and we have the walk, and then we have biannual fundraisers as well.”

The goal of the event is to raise $100,000. Hardy says they receive most of that goal from corporate sponsors, and tickets sales collected at the door.

It’s an event with a cause. The organization will assist 1,500 HIV positive individuals in the Dayton and Columbus area.

Dana Sintell, a performer with the Ruby Girls, says the event is a great way to have fun, and pull in donations.

“I like to think of it as a fun-raiser.. not a fundraiser,”

The event–now in its 14th year–has raised more than $1.25 million for the AIDS Resource Center Ohio. But for both Sintell and Hardy, the event comes with a purpose.

“I knew many people that have passed away from HIV, which is really what kind of spearheaded us to get involved.”

Hardy says treatment for HIV/AIDS has come a long way in a few short decades.

“The great news is that if we get people tested early after their infection, and get them into care today, life expectancy is near normal.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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