The Red Pump/Red Tie Affair kicked off another amazing event Saturday night in Charlotte. The 7th annual gathering to commemorate World AIDs Day was held at UNCC’s Center City.
Since 2009, Jameka Whitten has served as the area Ambasssador and hosts this top notch event to raise money and educate this region.
Guests arrived to a soulful hour with a live music selection by recording artist Eliah. Models decorated with awareness body art floated the room representing the events mission. While Mike Press hosted the social media lounge for guests to share what World AIDs Day means to them. I even had a chance to chime in on the fun. 🙂 Before heading upstairs to the main event guests had a chance to bid on some amazing items in the silent auction. Among the items were Polish Nail Bar gift card, handmade pocket squares by Made Lifestyle Collection, Phone Suit and original Freedom Artwork. Guess who won it?? Meeeee!!!
Keeyen Martin opened the show with an inspirational music selection to get the guests moving. Designer Lisa Wright of Danili Apparel kicked off the show with her latest collection entitled “Adams.” The color blocked black and white pieces showed the diversity in the colors in addition to its contrast.
Tamara Lytch of T-Shanell designs gave us a glimpse into her edgey yet graceful collection with a mix of bodysuits and dresses. Hues of burgundy with velvet fabric added to its 70’s era looks.
Closing the show was Equalnox Clothing Company. The street wear line combined old and new. Dark grey, black and white centered the collection.
Edward “Special Ed” Archer and Kendra James hosted the show and provided great comentary with facts about the AIDS/HIV epidemic.
In addition to the events awareness, a Red Pump Award is also given to an exceptional woman that devotes her time mirroring the projects mission. This years award was given to Hannah Stutts. Stutts is a Community Based Testing Grant Coordintor with the Mecklenburg County Health Department.
She works directly with those effected by this diease in the Charlotte area. Her representation is pivotal to our community.
Past Honorees include:
Rev. Deborah C Warren (2014)
Tarsha Hamilton (2013)
Geneva Galloway (2012)
Joanne Stevenson Jenkins (2011)
Dee Dee Richardson (2010)
Devondia Roseborough (2009)
For more information the Red Pump Project please visit the website.