This November, thousands of guests from all walks of life will descend on Miami and Miami Beach for the crown jewel of HIV/AIDS fundraisers, the 25th annual White Party Week Miami. Produced by Care Resource, the annual White Party Week is a series of internationally acclaimed HIV/AIDS fundraisers to benefit the men, women and youth affected/infected by HIV/AIDS. Recognized as one….
This November, thousands of guests from all walks of life will descend on Miami and Miami Beach for the crown jewel of HIV/AIDS fundraisers, the 25th annual White Party Week Miami. Produced by Care Resource, the annual White Party Week is a series of internationally acclaimed HIV/AIDS fundraisers to benefit the men, women and youth affected/infected by HIV/AIDS. Recognized as one of the oldest and largest 100% HIV/AIDS benefits in the world, White Party Week will celebrate a dazzling silver anniversary. This year’s spectacular festivities will be themed “A Formal Affair.”
The White Party, the main event of the week, will once again be held at the world famous Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Saturday, November 28th. This main event will feature international superstar DJ/Producer Tony Moran spinning on the main dance floor overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay on the east side of the mansion, a casino at the rear of the mansion grounds that will feature local entertainers and casino games, including poker and blackjack, where guests will try their hand to win fabulous prizes. Some of south Florida’s favorite restaurants will call the palatial Vizcaya grounds their temporary home for the evening as they participate in a tasting, serving bite-sized portions of their famous cuisines. Thousands will be on hand, all donning their most creative white attire.
When asked about this year’s amazing array of events, Care Resource Executive Director Rick Siclari stated, “We are so excited to reach this 25 year pinnacle with White Party Week Miami and invite all to join us in celebration, but must emphasize [our] mission. We are in a very different place than 25 years ago. We now know so much about HIV and how it works. We have developed several combination HIV therapies, which have changed the epidemic into one which is focused on chronic disease management. With still no cure, however, we continue the need for lifelong medical monitoring and drug treatment. As an HIV services provider, this means we have really altered our approach to a more medical model of care with support services, such as counseling, etc., very focused on getting folks into care and helping them to remain compliant once there. At this point everyone, almost without exception, should be tested for HIV, similar to knowing if you have high blood pressure. So likewise, we dedicate significant resources to testing and continue to break down the walls created by stigma for so long. Care Resource has many novel and successful programs targeting our very diverse communities. We have recently expanded access to medical care to those who are HIV negative as well, with a special focus on LGBT community and their many special health needs. This is an important focus and population we have served since our inception.”
White Party Week Miami started in 1985 and also has the moniker of being the most featured AIDS fundraiser, being covered by stations around the world including CNN and E! -Entertainment Television. White Party Week Miami has raised millions of dollars for Care Resource, South Florida’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community service organization. With offices in Broward and Miami Dade Counties, Care Resource supplies a myriad of services to those affected and infected with the disease. For tickets, host hotel accommodations and more information please visit WhiteParty.org.
White Party Week Miami takes place November 25-30, 2009 and its attendees represent such major metropolitan cities as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC and Atlanta. Half of all White Party ticket buyers live outside the state of Florida. White Party participants also come from North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Funds raised by the White Party go directly toward programs designed to help the men, women, and children Care Resource serves in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
ABOUT CARE RESOURCE
Community AIDS Resource, Inc., d.b.a./ CARE RESOURCE, is a 501[c](3) non-profit, multi-cultural, community-based AIDS service organization that “through education, prevention, research, care and treatment, and support service… improves upon the health and overall quality of life of our diverse south Florida communities in need.” Rooted in the 1998 merger of Health Crisis Network (1983) and Community Research Initiative (1989), Care Resource is now South Florida’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS service organization and a true leader in the community. For more information please visit CareResource.org.
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