Telluride AIDS Benefit: Fashion Show tix on sale Noel Night

Telluride AIDS Benefit: Fashion Show tix on sale Noel Night

2__#$!@%!#__unknown The Telluride AIDS Benefit starts selling tickets for its Gala Fashion Show Noel Night, tomorrow, December 2, 232 West Colorado Avenue, (TREC Offices), 5 – 8 p.m., just one day after World AIDS Day and 26 years after the the "virus" was announced in France.  Swine Flu may be the cause celebre du jour, but sadly, HIV/AIDS is still with us, even if the plague is no longer grabbing headlines. (The most recent AIDS-related headlines were around a new vaccine that proved to be a bust.)

World AIDS Day, which opened for business in December 1988, is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice, and improving education, which is more or less the mission of the Telluride AIDS Benefit, which specifically states their goal is "to fight HIV/AIDS by heightening global and local awareness, as well as generating financial support for educational programs and client care, particularly in Western Colorado."

1__#$!@%!#__unknown According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2007 some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35. The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world – and in our backyard.

Unknown The fanTABulous week of outreach (including FREE HIV screening) and educational initiatives, begins Thursday, February 18, with the Student Fashion Show, and culminates with the Gala Fashion Show, Saturday, February 27, when local models shake it 'til you break out your wallet.

TAB's Fashion Show sells out every year. You snooze, you lose.

Photos courtesy of Jen Koskinen

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