DETAILS

WHEN: February 20th, 2015

WHERE: The historic Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville Street), Vancouver, BC

WHAT: An all-star cast of local dancers, models, designers, fashion retailers, hair stylists, and make-up artists will create fun on the runway to support the work of Positive Living BC and its 5,700 HIV-positive members across the province. It will be happening in front of an expected sold-out crowd.


FURTHER INFORMATION

RED will take guests on a 90-minute theatrical journey through the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. The inaugural event involves over 200 volunteer artists, entertainers and technicians donating their time and talent to benefit Positive Living BC’s campaign to create a new home for its members’ services. They need the “room to thrive!”

“Twenty years ago, people were dying from AIDS. We lost many of the most artistic, creative, passionate people in our community,” says the show’s producer, Dean Thullner. For Thullner, the event is a dramatic homage to them, as well as “a reminder that all of us are still needed and affected in this cause.”

“As a gay man living with HIV, I’ve had a lot of support for dealing with my illness from my community. This is an opportunity for Vancouver’s finest creative community to pay some of that forward, to remind aboriginal women and men and so many others struggling with HIV that we are still a community that cares and understands the need for support.”

“It is going to re-energize our community in ways we haven’t seen in decades,” says Valerie Nicholson, Chair of the Positive Living BC Board. “Already, we’re excited to see so many dedicated, talented and giving volunteers putting on this extravagant show to help our members thrive.”

The impact of living with HIV is often forgotten now that so many are living longer with the disease, but as Thullner’s own life illustrates, the journey is not an easy one. “There are times I need critical support, and I want to make sure that support is there for everyone who needs it.”

Proceeds from RED will bolster the “Room to THRIVE” campaign. The campaign will help establish a first-of-its-kind health services facility for people living with HIV in BC. This facility will feature a complementary health clinic, a full-service dental clinic, plus other health-related programming designed to meet the needs of Positive Living BC’s members.

To purchase general admission tickets for RED! (@$75 each or $60 in advance), see a full list of RED talent, or access more information about the event, please visit www.REDVancouver.ca.