By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The second annual Night on the Town soiree hosted by Camden Chitwood of Emerson Events and Kevin Stauffer, Event Chair, is set for Friday, August 16 in Oklahoma City. The public is invited to experience the glamour of the 1920’s while supporting AIDS Walk of OKC.
Night on the Town 2013 will take place at 7 p.m. in the art deco inspired ballroom of the Montgomery Events Center, 500 W. Main, in downtown Oklahoma City. Single tickets are $50 and couples are $85. Dressing in era attire is encouraged.
All proceeds from this event will be donated directly to AIDS Walk of Oklahoma City.
In 2012, the inaugural Night on the Town event raised $12,000 and the hosts’ goal this year is to raise $20,000 for AIDS Walk of OKC.
The evening includes a champagne Signature Bubbly Bar, a Dessert Bar by County Line Bakery in Edmond, catering by Good Egg Dining, floral decorations by Emerson Events, DJ entertainment, dancing, and live and silent auctions hosted by Shantel Mandalay.
Auction items will include an OKC Thunder Club Level package, with restaurant and bar access, plus limo service by King’s Limo; a deadCENTER Film Festival all access package; a 4 course dinner for 6 paired with wine and tequila from Iguana Mexican Grill; spa services from Laser Light Skin Clinic; and artworks from local artists including Vintage Barbie/Ken pieces by Debbie Curtis.
“We work hard to make Night on the Town accessible to everyone in OKC,” said Chitwood. “We strive each year to put together a great, up-scale event that is an affordable way for everyone to support this great cause.”
“Night on the Town 2013 features great food, great drinks and so many wonderful auction items,” said Stauffer, AIDS Walk OKC board member. “All of the proceeds from the night are donated directly to AIDS Walk of OKC. We are beyond thrilled to host this great night for such a great cause for the second year.”
Since 1998, AIDS Walk has distributed more than $635,000 to HIV/AIDS nonprofit organizations. They serve the greater Oklahoma City community through direct health services, community awareness and HIV/AIDS education and prevention.
Stauffer added. “We chose to host Night on the Town for the benefit of the AIDS Walk because the AIDS Walk has a great reputation in the community and gives every penny possible back to help so many worthy organizations.”
Nine nonprofit organizations in the Oklahoma City metro area received grants from AIDS Walk OKC on December 1, 2012, during the World AIDS Day Remembrance Service at Expressions Church.
Event sponsors for Night on the Town 2013 and the AIDS Walk include Jackie & Barbara Cooper, Rep. Kay Floyd and State Sen. Al McAffrey, King’s Limousine, The Phoenix Rising, Maxwell Landscaping, The Bella Foundation, Wingo-Locklear Publishing, Bill Powell & Don Wilson, County Line Bakery, The Gayly, Joe Holcomb and Donna Jackson.
At 10:30 p.m., following the Night on the Town event, an after party and benefit show will be held at Phoenix Rising, 2120 N.W. 39.
“For those that love to party a little longer, the after party provides that opportunity and you can keep supporting the cause,” said Stauffer. “There is no charge to get into the Phoenix Rising for the party.”
“The sponsors and entertainers at the Phoenix donate their time and talent to organize and perform a show where all tips and proceeds will be added to the totals for Night on the Town 2013. If people cannot make it to Night on the Town, they can join us for the after party and benefit show at Phoenix Rising.”
Stauffer said, “Camden and I are looking forward to growing this event year after year, and are so grateful for all the support we have received.”
John Greer, AIDS Walk OKC Board President said, “It is important to know that AIDS Walk of Oklahoma City, Inc is staffed entirely by volunteers with no overhead to support an office or staff. The AIDS Walk provides an opportunity for the broader community to contribute amounts they can afford and to participate in an activity that raises awareness of the issue of HIV/AIDS across the metro.”
Advance tickets are available online at www.nightonthetownokc.eventbrite.com and will be available for $50 at the door. For more information visit www.facebook.com/nightonthetown1.
Night on the Town returns to benefit AIDS Walk of OKC
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