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.”