The seventh annual Red Party raised more than $22,000 to benefit the Utah AIDS Foundation. The celebration, held at Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City on Dec. 1, was part of a nationwide effort from all Kimpton-owned hotels to raise funds for AIDS-related charities on World AIDS Day.
Salt Lake City is consistently one of the top-raising cities in the nation, and last year the event raised more than $33,000 and in 2009, it raised $28,000. In 2010, Utah topped the list as the highest-raising event in the nation, with Dallas coming in at second with $17,000. Hotel Monaco and Kimpton donate 100 percent of all donations to the UAF and there was no overhead to rent the space. The founder of the hotel chain, Bill Kimpton, began similar events in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS epidemic.
The event, themed, ‘Seasons of Love,’ featured a silent auction, themed drinks and performances by Titus Productions ‘Rent.’
“This really is it. The big party. The one we look forward to. It’s just a great time and so much fun,” said Shawn Jackson, the entertainment guru at Hotel Monaco. “Seeing the Red Party grow since its first year has been terrific.”
The funds raised will benefit programs like HIV and other testing, and prevention education programs. It will also benefit programs for people living with the disease through direct client-service programs. Recently released data indicates about one-fifth of Utahns who have already been diagnosed with HIV are not participating in a medical treatment program.