Events

SAN ANTONIO AIDS FOUNDATION PRESENTS
“Carnaval: WEBB Party 2020”
Tickets on Sale January 31

SAN ANTONIO – Feathered headdresses and masks, conga lines with Latin and South American rhythms, bold flashing colors and bright flashing lights will fill the Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s Street, on Friday, April 17, 7-11 p.m., when the San Antonio AIDS Foundation presents “Carnaval: WEBB Party 2020” – an official Fiesta San Antonio® event.

Tickets go on sale at 7 p.m. on January 31. General admission tickets are $75 presale and $90 at the door. VIP tickets are $175 presale through March 20, then $200 from March 21 to the night of the event. Ticket sales are online only at SanAntonioAIDS.org.

This year’s entertainment will include non-stop high-energy dance music by star DJ Cobweb of the Bonham Exchange, live performances by award-winning Samba dance troupe MeliSamba from Austin, the RLE Showgirls, and exciting “streetmosphere” showcasing exotic Carnaval outfits and dancing. Guests are encouraged to dress in “Carnaval Fabulous” to join in the fun!
The party also features multiple full-service open bars for all guests, cuisine tastings by some of San Antonio’s top restaurants and chefs, patrons in colorful costumes, breathtaking decorations – and Fiesta’s most diverse, fun-loving crowd. In addition, the annual “Papa Bear Legacy Award” will be presented in honor of SAAF’s late founder, Robert “Papa Bear” Edwards.

The Bonham Exchange will host the annual after-party and provide a free shuttle service between the theater and the club. WEBB Party patrons get in free with their wristbands.

ABOUT SAAF’S WEBB PARTY
The WEBB Party started in the early 1990s when a group of friends decided to throw a spectacular party and make it a fundraiser for the San Antonio AIDS Foundation. Local legend has it that one of the organizers owned an inspirational calendar that included the Ethiopian proverb, “When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.” The planners were so moved by the saying that they decided to call the party “Web.” But somehow, the word was misspelled on the first invitation – and never corrected. The rest, as they say, is history.

The WEBB Party became an official Fiesta® event in 2004. It is now the San Antonio AIDS Foundation’s most visible and important fundraising event of the year, attracting approximately 1,000 guests and raising $100,000 for the organization. It helps to fund such programs and services as free HIV testing, prevention education in public schools, outpatient clinical care, mental health counseling, transitional housing and a 365-day-per-year hot meals program. SAAF’s programs and services are offered throughout Bexar County and 11 surrounding counties and reach approximately 30,000 people a year.

ABOUT THE SAN ANTONIO AIDS FOUNDATION
Founded in 1986, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation commemorates 34 years of service in 2020. It is the oldest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS service organization in Bexar County. Its mission is to prevent the spread of HIV and provide compassionate, comprehensive services to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. Its vision is a community free of HIV. SAAF’s offices and services are located at 818 E. Grayson St. To learn more about SAAF and for WEBB Party sponsorship information, visit www.SanAntonioAIDS.org or call Ken Slavin, chief advancement officer, at 225-4715, ext. 141.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact:
January 31, 2020 Ken Slavin, Chief Advancement Officer
O: 210-225-4715, ext. 141
C: 210-313-0597 kslavin@SanAntonioAIDS.org

Each year we welcome the help of hundreds of volunteers and sponsors.
Call 210-225-4715 or email kgarcia@sanantonioaids.org for information.

 

Past Events

Desert Migration: Documentary Film Screening

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) hosted the first Texas community screening of “Desert Migration,” an award-winning documentary about the unique challenges faced by long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday, June 23, at the Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro at Wonderland of the Americas Mall, 4522 Fredericksburg Road. Proceeds benefited SAAF and the local screening is timed to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the first official AIDS diagnoses in the United States. “Desert Migration” focuses on a group of gay men, all long-term HIV survivors, who sought refuge in Southern California’s Palm Springs. The film explores the physical, medical and emotional side effects of living with HIV – as well as the stigma that still exists in American society 35 years after AIDS was officially recognized as an epidemic in the United States and around the world.

First in Hope, First in Service: 30th Year of Service, Luncheon and Auction

From first-class silent and live auctions to the deeply moving keynote address by acclaimed AIDS and human rights activist Cleve Jones, “First in Hope, First in Service” reflected on the substantial impact SAAF has had on the health and welfare of the San Antonio community over the past three decades – and it was a chance to share our plans for the future as we work toward our ultimate goal of creating a city free of HIV. We were deeply honored that Mr. Jones agreed to be our keynote speaker. His work to fight HIV and AIDS, to end stigma and to demand the equal rights of LGBT people across our country is legendary. We are proud that he will be a part of our 30th anniversary and that he will share his experiences and insights with us as we continue our own fight against HIV and AIDS here in San Antonio.