AIDS Services Foundation Orange County
Commemorates 25th Anniversary
Comedian Leslie Jordan to perform at The Red Ball 1985 First event in a year long series of special activities to recognize agency founding.
(Irvine, Calif. July 28) – In 1985 a handful of volunteers founded AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) because people were dying, had nowhere to turn and needed help. ASF is now the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit provider of services for people affected by HIV/AIDS in the county.
To mark its 25 years of service and to remind people that the fight to stop HIV disease goes on, the agency is launching The Red Ball 1985. The event takes place Saturday, September 25 at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach. Several other commemorative events will follow throughout 2010 and 2011.
“The Red Ball is about raising funds for client services as well as awareness about HIV/AIDS” says Maria Marquez, president of ASF’s board of directors. “It is a wonderful way to launch our 25th anniversary year while continuing our tradition of bringing help and hope to people affected by HIV/AIDS in Orange County.”
Ms. Marquez says that this year’s 1985 theme was selected as a salute to the agency’s founding year.
“In the future, each Red Ball will have its own unique theme. But the goal will always be the same – to raise the funds necessary to help those affected by this disease and to stop its spread,” says Ms. Marquez.
The Red Ball begins at 6:30 p.m. with a one hour reception, silent auction and dancing followed by sit-down dinner catered by Mark’s of Laguna Beach. The opening welcome will begin at 7:30 p.m.
After dinner, a special program will highlight the agency’s milestones and salute the many long time individuals, foundations and corporations that support ASF.
Leslie Jordan, a 2006 Emmy Award winning comedian will deliver a stand up performance sure to have Red Ball guests in stitches. Mr. Jordan won his award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of “Beverley Leslie” on “Will and Grace.” Television audiences will also recognize him for his recurring roles on “Ugly Betty,” “Boston Legal,” and “Reba.”
The evening will be capped with more dancing.
While black tie is optional, red attire is very much encouraged, says Ms. Marquez.
“The color red is festive and it is also symbolic. The red ribbon logo represents our fight against HIV/AIDS. The Red Ball will be fun and celebratory, but we plan on delivering the message that, even after 25 years, the battle goes on,” says Ms. Marquez.
The Red Ball 1985 tickets range from the Platinum Level at $25,000 to an individual ticket at $250. All tickets include entrance to the event, cocktails, dinner, dancing and the program and Leslie Jordan performance. Proceeds from The Red Ball 1985 will go to ASF client services. Tickets can be purchased at www.ocasf.org/red-ball.
Annually, ASF helps more than 1,600 people and their families that are either living with HIV or are impacted by HIV disease. Services include food, transportation, housing, case management, emergency financial assistance, children and family programs, community outreach, mental health counseling, support groups, HIV testing and an extensive array of HIV prevention and education programs. Visit www.ocasf.org for more information.
(Editor’s Note: Hi-res jpeg of Mr. Leslie Jordan and ASF 25th anniversary logo available.)
Media contact: Barbara Lohman, ASF Office 949 809-5751 (direct) Cell 714 342-7464 firstname.lastname@example.org