Las Vegas’ Black & White Party one of the social events of the year

It’s time for one of Las Vegas’ biggest social events of the year – the Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) Black & White Party.

AFAN is celebrating the 27th anniversary of its Black & White Party, which began as a humble gathering of community members in 1986 to collect canned foods for those living with HIV/AIDS in Nevada.  AFAN has been in the community for 29 years and serves 4,000 clients in Southern Nevada. One hundred percent of funds raised stay in the area to help those locally.

This year’s Black & White Party, held at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel on Aug. 24, will feature more than 25 unique food and beverage vendors, raffle prizes, fashion contests and live entertainment.

The party will be hosted by television anchor Chris Saldaña, morning radio personality Lauren Michaels and Jaymes and James, “Team Chippendales” from CBS’ “The Amazing Race.” DJ Axis, MICS, and electro pop duo Mr.J & M.A.U aka J&M will be spinning the tunes.

This year’s festivities will include a headline performance from vocal impressionist Véronic, currently performing at Bally’s. Known for her ability to transform her voice into those of the world’s biggest superstars, Véronic’s show features imitations of Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Lady Gaga and more.

Other performances will include the cast of “The D*Word-A Musical;” Britney Spears impersonator Derrick Barry from “Divas Las Vegas;” the ladies of “Fantasy” at Luxor; singer Maren Wade from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent;” Mark Shunock, star of “Rock of Ages” at The Venetian; Recycled Percussion; The Skating Aratas from “V-The Ultimate Variety Show;” a number from “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding;” headlining acts from “VEGAS! The Show;” and Zodiac Dragon.

If that’s not enough entertainment for you, there will also be live art painting, roaming characters, sword swallowers, magicians and impromptu performances by Nevada Ballet Theatre.

Food and beverage vendors will be on hand with tasty offerings. Some of the participating restaurants include Brio, Culinary Dropout, The Cupcakery, Double Helix, Ferraro’s, Pink Taco and Sugar Factory.

The party runs from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. General admission tickets are on sale for $35 per person; limited VIP tickets are available for $100 per ticket and include early entry to the event at 8 p.m. with first access to tastings and vendors, an exclusive gift bag and VIP party entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at

Don’t forget — black and white attire is required for admission  — and the more creative the couture, the better!


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