Paint the town RED 

Local organizers hope to heighten HIV/AIDS awareness with Thursday’s RED Rooftop Party, a downtown fundraiser featuring live music, cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres and surprise entertainment.

Members of AIDS Walk of Oklahoma City Inc. initiated the new event to supplement their preparations for their annual downtown 5K race and donations to nonprofits that provide HIV/AIDS care, support and education.

“We want to expand the demographic, make this a fun and affordable event, while keeping it high-end, in an effort to allow all people to feel like they’re making a difference,” said event chair James Siderias.

Ninety percent of funds raised from the party will return to the community. The organization has distributed more than $635,000 to the local HIV/AIDS community since 1998, Siderias said.

Oklahoma City had nearly 3,000 citizens diagnosed with AIDS in 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“So many higher-end events that cater to bringing awareness to HIV/ AIDS require a significant contribution, and oftentimes, those individuals our work is benefitting can’t even afford the tickets,” Siderias said.

RED is attempting to mix that up by offering tickets starting at $10. They can be purchased at the door or guests can RSVP to Siderias, Scott Hines or Lisa Pitsiri at redpartyokc@ gmail.com.

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