To help raise funds to support the Utah AIDS Foundation mission to empower those living with HIV/AIDS, Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, the adjacent Bambara restaurant and the Utah AIDS Foundation will co-host the 10th annual Red Party on Thursday, Nov. 20. Guests are invited to celebrate “10 Years of Giving” while they commemorate upcoming World AIDS Day 2014 on Dec. 1. Open to both hotel guests and the public, packages start at a $40 minimum donation and all proceeds benefit Utah AIDS Foundation.
“Today’s generation of 18 to 25-year-olds came of age after the AIDS epidemic was at its most devastating and improvements in medicine had increased the life expectancy of those with HIV. This leads to a sense of complacency by many and to new infections continuing in Utah,” said Stan Penfold, executive director of Utah AIDS Foundation. “The fact remains that HIV is incurable and has dramatic effects on one’s life, financially, socially and physically.”
“The HIV epidemic has been with us for more than 30 years now, and still the stigma associated with HIV disease continues, and even expands. Today more than 56,000 people are infected in the United States each year and HIV infection is on the rise,” Penfold continued. “Each generation faces new challenges associated with HIV education and prevention. It is our responsibility to teach all youth about the risks of HIV, and how to protect themselves and their loved ones from infection.”
The elegant Paris Ballroom will be draped in red and the cuisine will be presented by Bambara’s award-winning executive chef Nathan Powers. This year’s gala will feature music spun by the well-known DJ Lishus. Lady luck will greet everyone at the door in her champagne dress offering cheers to celebrate 10 years of giving. Party attendees can get lucky with Vegas-style tables including black jack and craps, take fun photos with Shutter Booth, roll the giant dice and spin the wheel for prizes.
“We are so excited that we have been raising funds for Utah AIDS Foundation now for 10 years. Between the Red Party and the spring Pink Party, we have collectively raised more than $222,000,” said Daryn White, Hotel Monaco’s general manager “We want to really go for it this year for a 10-year goal of a quarter of a million dollars to empower those living with HIV/AIDS.”
Enticing auction items, including round trip airfare from Jet Blue (in the continental U.S.) luxurious two-night packages at more than 20 Kimpton hotel properties around the United States and more will be offered at live and silent auctions. The most notable auction item is a wedding celebration for 50 at the Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City with a wedding feast from award winning Chef Nathan Powers from Bambara. Included is a reception for 50, waived bartender fees, a block of 10 guest rooms, two suites to get ready in, the Majestic Suite for the honeymoon, and 10 hours of wedding planning consultation from Mara Marian with LMG Events.
During the month of November, local artist Alec Anderson will also be showcasing his 4′ x 5′ “Red Ribbon” painting in the lobby of the Hotel Monaco as a silent auction item for the party, 100 percent of which will benefit the Utah AIDS Foundation. He will have several other paintings displayed in the lobby during November and plans to donate 50 percent of the sales of those. He will also be painting his newest masterpiece in the lobby during the manager’s evening reception on select dates to be announced.
In conjunction with the 10th Annual Red Party, Bambara will feature a “Red Ribbon Special” menu available at lunch Nov. 17–20. Bambara will donate one dollar for each three-course lunch special purchased to the Utah AIDS Foundation. Powers’ daily three-course lunch special, priced at $16, changes daily and includes a choice of organic greens or cup of the daily soup selection, and one of chef Powers’ special house-made warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies.
At Kimpton, guests can join the effort with a package that offers a 10 percent discount and donates $5 per room reserved to The Trevor Project, one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations serving as a crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people. The Trevor Project provides an invaluable service by offering 24/7 counseling and other services to at-risk LGBT youth. To book the package, travelers should use the rate code: “TRPR.”
Thursday, Nov. 20
5:15 – 8 p.m.
Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City
15 W. 200 South
RSVPs can be made by calling Cathryn at Utah AIDS Foundation: (801) 487-2323 or emailing [email protected]
Photo: David Daniels