Hundreds of offerings from local artists and businesses will be up for auction Saturday, December 9 at Club XLIV at Champions Square as CrescentCare makes its annual bid at raising much-needed money towards HIV and AIDS research, testing, and treatment. This year's black-tie gala will include entertainment by American Idol finalist David Hernandez.
Art Against AIDS began in the 1980s as a way for the arts community to combat the AIDS epidemic. The event is always a glittering showing of supporters of the artistic and healthcare arenas, but this year will be especially dazzling as it is Special Events Coordinator Christopher Leonard's first Art Against AIDS with the agency. Leonard is a long-time community organizer and contributor to the LGBTQ scene in New Orleans, having worked extensively with the New Orleans Pride organization. Since joining CrescentCare earlier this year, he has revamped and refreshed the agency's signature events, Bow Tie Bash, Dining Out For Life, Divas!, and the Chevron NO/AIDS Walk.
The evening begins at 7pm with a Patron Party and opens for general ticket holders at 8pm. There will be an open bar, several restaurants represented dispensing food for guests, entertainment throughout the night, and parking is complimentary. The artist named honorary chair for this year's event is Philip Sage. Mr. Sage is a master printmaker and artist whose work has been sought after by galleries and collectors of fine art from around the world for the last four decades. He works exclusively with copper plates using an antique English press. His artwork richly portrays the traditions of the South and the history of New Orleans.