Last Friday on June 3rd, The Canadian Foundation for Aids Research (CANFAR) held an exclusive event at the Loft 404 with 30 Under Thirty in support of Funding Life Saving Research. The event was a 70’s themed Dressed Up Disco party to raise money for Canadian HIV research. With VIP guests in attendance and disco fever on the dance floor to start the evening, the event featured a dress up shop, disco music, games with fun prizes to be won, plus special performances that came together to deliver a groovy experience. An open bar and late night munchies were available throughout the event.
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Guests checked in with red ribbons pinned to their outfits to show their support for the cause. Immediately after each guest had their photo op with the CANFAR backdrop, they could share with friends on social media. Followed by some drinks and appetizers, staff took guests around the venue for a tour of the 70’s disco theme event. Check-in point was the open bar with snacks, and through the dance floor, we participated in a balloon popping game in this stylish pink room filled with hidden prizes inside colourful balloons. The prizes included tickets to the upcoming Bestival Festival, a Kobo reader, an Eyes on Church gift card, Revlon makeup kit, SIRCORP restaurant gift card, The Wickson Social gift card, 4 Brimacombe ski passes, Levette gift certificate, Love box from CANFAR, MAC gift bag, Blender Boys kit, Dinner with a brewer at Folly Brewpub, Ombra Spa gift basket, McDonalds Coffee, tickets to the Science Centre, tickets to BSE post party, and Barreworks’ 10 class pass.
To double our chances we donated $20 to pop two balloons to see if we could win. Although we did not win and got tissues instead, another guest who dressed up for the event won a McDonald’s Coffee. In the end, it was all for a good cause and all proceeds go to The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, the only national foundation that raises awareness to generate funds for research of HIV infection and AIDS. Last year, CANFAR supported researchers with more than $750,000 to further discover HIV and AIDS.
Later, guests danced the night away grooving to the boogie beats spun by disco-master extraordinaire, DJ Phil V. That’s not all, what followed next were special performances by local drag queen artists including Fay Slift, IGBY Lizard, Tynomi Banks, Champagna and Scarlett Bobo. It was truly an entertaining night that showcased everything from the Disco era.
(photos by Paul)
Sponsors & Partners of the fundraising event included: Red Ribbon Sponsor, TD, Airline Partner, DELTA, Beer Partner, Labatt, Sparkling Wine Partner, PIERRE SPARR, Photography Partner, REDFLIXX, Costume Shop Parnters, PUBLIC BUTTER, Value Village, Staffing Partner, DLE
Prize Partners of Dressed Up Disco were: Bestival, Revlon, Levetto, Brimacombe, The Wicked Social, Barreworks, Kobo, Cineplex Entertainment, Ontario Science Centre, Service Inspired Restaurants, McDonalds Canada, Ombra Spa, Folly Brewpub
Founded in January 2016, 30 Under Thirty is a volunteer group that connects the entrepreneurial, creative, and social spirit of 30 committed individuals to the fight against HIV and AIDS. They are passionate about being active philanthropic members of the community and provide valuable support to The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research by raising awareness and funds for HIV research. Their mission is to be catalysts for change, encourage fresh thinking, combat complacency and raise the funds to cure and end AIDS through events like Dressed Up Disco
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