Bahamas Red Ribbon Ball to benefit AIDS Foundation

Bahamas is preparing to host its 16th annual Red Ribbon Ball to raise funds for the AIDS Foundation of the Bahamas. Presented by ColinaImperial and the AIDS Foundation, the ball, scheduled for Saturday November 21st, promises to be an unforgettable night of dining and dancing for a good cause. Every year, the oney raised by the Red Ribbon Ball is donated to the AIDS Foundation as ColinaImperial has signed an accord to provide funding and necessary resources for the organization.

Over the years, the event has raised over $500,000 that has gone towards providing medication to HIV positive pregnant women; refurbishing the Delancey Street property which is used as a resource and counseling centre; funding education and training programs, and providing help and support to persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Bahamas. Organisers are expecting to raise at least $50,000 this year which will assist in the daily operational costs of the outreach centre, which was originally supposed to be a home for HIV positive children.

Shanelle Johnson of the AIDS Foundation said that there was a change in plans as there is greater need for the outreach centre. “We wanted to help the whole child. We wanted to help them with their education, physical and psychological well-being, so we will have doctors, psychologists, tutors and other employees that will assist in the necessary operation of the outreach centre,” she said.

The entertainment for the night will be provided by a number of Bahamian performers, including the Royal Bahamas Police Force pop band, Ira Storr and the Spank Band, Therez Hepburn and Tony Seymour. As always there will be prizes and giveaways. The grand prizes are a trip for two to Paris, France; a trip for two to the US Virgin Islands; a trip for two to Washington, DC, and a trip for two to Rio de Janeiro – all sponsored by American Airlines. Attendees will also have the chance to win a $3,000 Versace handbag; a David Yurman necklace and cufflink set; a fragrance basket by Givency from John Bull, or a cruise to Fort Lauderdale on the Celebration cruise line. Bahamian designer April Burrows will also be donating some of her creations to the event, and one lucky winner will get an entire outfit custom-made by her. Additionally, as attendees enter the doors of the Imperial Ballroom, they will get a fragrance as a complimentary gift.

Melanie Hutchinson, communications officer at ColinaImperial, said that despite the ongoing recession, they are anticipating a great turnout for the event. “We have already been getting favorable responses. And even with the situation with the economy people are digging into their pockets and supporting the event. It shows that they understand that need knows no season, and we are happy and hoping to surpass our expectations,” she said.

The event will be held under the patronage of Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Delores Ingraham this Saturday at 8pm in the Imperial Ballroom of Atlantis, Paradise Island. The public is encouraged to support the event. Tickets for the Red Ribbon Ball can be purchased at ColinaImperial on East Bay Street.

Originally reported by http://www.tribune242.com/sports/11172009_jg-red-ribbon-ball_features_pg3

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