Benefiting Aid for AIDS of Nevada, which provides advocacy and support for roughly 3,500 clients living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada, the annual Black & White Party had a humble but impactful beginning as a canned-food drive in a Green Valley backyard. Now in its 29th year, the party has evolved into a lavish celebration with attendees sporting sexy, fashion-forward ensembles—some even going Gaga and getting conceptual with their getups. (Think bedazzled football pads and dresses made entirely from balloons.)
In addition to the eye candy, this year’s gala boasts a fun entertainment lineup (DJs, live acts like Pia Zadora and performers from Legends in Concert), small bites from restaurants like Hexx, Ferraro’s and 35 Steaks + Martinis and scrumptious cocktails. The Joint will be transformed into a steampunk-inspired playground for the occasion, which also features opportunities to win more than 40 raffle prizes like packages from Strip properties, the Life Is Beautiful Festival, Exotics Racing and more.
AFAN ups the ante this year, too, bringing in TV personality Ross Mathews (from Chelsea Lately and Hello Ross) to host and adding a pop-up wedding chapel, where an ordained officiant will perform weddings and vow renewals on the spot. And the party doesn’t end at the Hard Rock. Tickets also grant attendees admission to the afterparty at Piranha Nightclub and next-day splash bash at Luxor’s Temptation Sundays gay pool party.
AFAN 29th Annual Black & White Party August 29, 9 p.m., $50.the Joint, afanlv.org.