Telluride AIDS Benefit: General Info & January To-Dos

According to Pathfinder International, HIV remains one of the most serious global health threats of our time. In 2017, 1.8 million people were infected with HIV; 940,000 died of AIDS-related causes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S. alone, while the annual number of new HIV diagnoses remained stable between 2012 and 2016, in 2017, 38,739 people received an HIV diagnosis.

In Colorado, there are over 12,000 people living with HIV and AIDS; 32% of new HIV diagnoses are among young people ages 20-29.

The cost of care for one person living with HIV is $3,500 per month and $42,000 per year.

And so the Telluride AIDS Benefit keeps on keeping on, remaining staunchly committed to fighting the good fight in order to raise funds to support AIDS service organizations on the Front Range and Western Slope of Colorado, in Utah, and all the way to Africa.

Donate here.

 

According to TAB, the Telluride AIDS Benefit Gala Fashion Show, this year on March 2, is a show as unique as the region itself. With a 26-year local history, it is not your average runway march: the happening has been described as a “Broadway Pop-Up” and “Cirque de Soleil meets NY Fashion Week.” TAB has become the premiere event of the Telluride winter season. The all-volunteer cast and crew spare no expense to raise money for the cause. Tickets here.

Model auditions for the 2019 show will be held at the Palm Theater on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 15 and 16, 6-10 p.m., with 60-minute sessions. Please email toni@aidsbenefit.org to schedule your audition.

Part of the fashion show includes the winner  of TAB’s “Say It With A Condom” contest. The theme is “Runway Ready” so bring on the ideas and let the fun begin! The winner gets two tickets to the gala or a dollar equivalent. Deadline January 31st. Details here.

Want to be a part of the show, but maybe not from the runway? TAB loves its volunteers. Sign up here.

TAB’s muse, Robert Presley, was a renowned enfant terrible and fabric artist. Every year, in Presley’s honor, TAB continues to support local designers by including their work in the Fashion Show. The 2019 Wearable Art Theme is “Metallics.” From free design classes to personalized help from our Wearable Art Coordinator TAB has your back. Design details here.

The Sneak Peek Fashion Show & Live Auction, this year in February 28, features local models and international designer fashions. All proceeds from the event benefit HIV and AIDS service organizations in Colorado, Utah and Africa. Tickets here.

For more on the story of TAB, go here.

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