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Red Dress Party San Diego returns Oct. 2016

Organizers of last year’s San Diego Red Dress Party announced today that the charitable event will return on October 8, of this year.

The Think Red Project Inc. said in a statement that last year’s party held at the San Diego Museum of Man was attended by 500 people and raised $8,000.

That money went to San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative (SDHDF), a resource for HIV/AIDS services since 1990. The SDHF is currently chaired by the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation.

“This year, our goal is to raise more than double last year’s donation,” said Steven Shyne, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Think Red Project. “We are hoping to raise $20,000 to benefit the local HIV/AIDS community. We learned a lot from last year’s event and know we can do it even bigger and better this year.”

Co-Founder Marvin Hanashiro hopes that the Red Dress events not only raise money for vital HIV/AIDS benefits, but that they also bring awareness to the need for more local services.

“HIV is still very much a real disease, especially in San Diego,” he said. “It’s estimated that in San Diego County, a new person tests positive for HIV every 18 hours and approximately 12% of people with HIV don’t know they have it. We’ve come a long way in the fight against HIV, but there is still a lot of work to be done and a substantial need for funding critical services here in San Diego.”

Although the date of The Red Dress Party has been slated for October 8, 2016, the location is being kept under wraps, and will be revealed in the coming months.

About Red Dress Party San Diego (RDPSD)

The Red Dress Party has been successfully produced in numerous cities across the U.S., including Portland, Sacramento, and Chicago. Like the event name suggests, guests are asked to attend wearing a red dress in a sign of compassion and solidarity for those affected by HIV/AIDS. The event is also a time for guests to enjoy an evening of entertainment and playfulness while supporting HIV/AIDS services in their community. For more information about Red Dress Party San Diego, visit www.reddresspartysd.com.

About the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative (SDHFC)

The SDHFC’s mission is to raise, leverage and collaboratively allocate private funds in order to reduce the impact of HIV in the San Diego region. It remains the sole San Diego County HIV/AIDS-specific grant-making collaborative having, to date, issued over $6.3 million in grant support. Because the collaborative has worked with programs and projects at the majority of San Diego County’s AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs), they are uniquely qualified to organize and support complementary initiatives which coordinate and streamline access to cultural, gender and socio-economic responsive services and resources, facilitating better linkage to and retention in HIV/HCV treatment.