Salt Lake City will turn red Thursday, Dec. 1, in honor of World AIDS Day. The list of activities and events is extensive each year and will be updated at gaysaltlake.com as details are announced.
World AIDS Day began in 1988 as an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV/AIDS and to commemorate those who have passed on. Since the infection began spreading in 1981, more than 1.7 million U.S. citizens have been infected with disease. The Centers for Disease Control estimates more than one million people are living with HIV/AIDS and approximately 20 percent do not know they are infected.
The eighth annual Red Party, a fundraising event for the Utah AIDS Foundation will be held Nov. 29, 5:15 p.m., at Hotel Monaco, 15 W. 200 South. The Red Party is part of a national fundraiser held by all Kimpton-owned properties on, or around, World AIDS Day for local charities, and Utah has consistently raised more money than any other area, said Shawn Jackson, entertainment guru at Hotel Monaco. In the last three years, the event has raised more than $83,000 for UAF.
“This really is it. The big party. The one we look forward to. It’s just a great time and so much fun,” said Jackson. Admission to the event starts at $35. For tickets and information, go to utahaids.org or call 801-487-2323.