The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center will host its annual Red Dress, Dress Red Gala (RDDR Gala) at 6:30 p.m. in South Florida on Feb. 4, 2023. The event has been happening across North America in various cities since 2005. Still, it will make its South Florida debut at the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) to help bring awareness to the HIV epidemic and raise funds for programming developed by the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center (WAM).
“World AIDS Museum and Educational Center is excited to host our first signature fundraiser, the Red Dress, Dress Red Gala, which is a historic national dance party known for being an over-the-top evening of fantasy and fun to support HIV awareness,” Terry Dyer says, executive director of World AIDS Museum and Educational Center. “Red is loud, proud and a symbol of the strength and unity we seek to foster in our community to eradicate this deadly disease that still silently kills.”
The gala started as a promise from a couple to wear red at funerals they attended instead of traditional black attire to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. Other host cities have included Toronto, Ontario, San Diego, Sacramento, Seattle, Hollywood, Palm Springs, New Orleans and Chicago.
The RDDR Gala at the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) in Dania Beach is presented by Hunters Nightclub Wilton Manors. The night features live entertainment, music, food, drinks, dancing and random surprises to enhance the evening. All funds generated from the event (up to $500K) will be matched dollar for dollar by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).
“Hunters Nightclub is proud to be the title sponsor of this themed dance party for a good cause,” says Mark Hunter, proprietor of Hunters Nightclub Wilton Manors and Palm Springs. “We applaud the outreach and education efforts created by WAM and understand the importance of having this global health challenge remain in the forefront of people’s hearts and minds.”
Other sponsors for the event include AHF, Citrix, LeBoy/LIT Bar, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Midland/CAN Community Health, Florida Blue, FPL, HRC, Memorial Health System, G21 Fitness, Aaron’s Cremation and Funeral, RE/MAX, CycleBar Fort Lauderdale, SAVE, Spirit Airlines, Pub on the Drive, Pride of the Americas, Visit Lauderdale, CrowdSync Technologies, Flockfest and Design Center of the Americas.
Tickets are $250 for VIPs, which includes a special reception with an open bar sponsored by Tito’s, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, a private shuttle from Hunters to DCOTA, meet and greet with celebrities, and free valet parking. General admission is $100, which includes live entertainment, complimentary beverages, valet parking, or self-parking.
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