SAN ANTONIO AIDS FOUNDATION PRESENTS “WEBB PARTY: THE ROARING 25” City’s Oldest HIV/AIDS Service Organization Celebrates Silver Anniversary With a Nod to the Roaring ‘20s “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” Winner Jinkx Monsoon Headlines Entertainment Lineup
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SAN ANTONIO –The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the WEBB Party – its signature Fiesta San Antonio® fundraising event – on Friday, April 20, 7-11 p.m. at the historic Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s Street. Headlining this year’s extravaganza will be TV star, cabaret performer and actor Jinkx Monsoon, nationally acclaimed winner of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race.”
“WEBB Party: The Roaring 25” will be a salute to the glamorous 1920s with a distinctly 2018 high-tech twist. General admission tickets are $75 presale ($65 for students and military) at the Aztec Theatre box office (in person or online at www.theaztectheatre.com) through. Cut-off for all pre-sale tickets will be 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the box office and 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 19, online. If the event doesn’t sell out before then, general admission tickets will be available at the door for $90 each as long as they last. Ages 18 and up may attend the WEBB Party. A valid photo I.D. is required to purchase tickets and to gain entry the night of the event – no exceptions. Other featured entertainment will include an Aztec God & Goddesses Hairstyle Showcase, presented by Rebel House Salon and featuring Miss Gay San Antonio; a dance revue by the RLE Showgirls; “A Tribute to Josephine Baker,” by award-winning burlesque artist Black Orchid; a performance by Mr.Gay San Antonio; and high-energy dance music presented by local celebrity DJs.
The party also features full-service open bars for all guests (alcoholic beverages for 21 and over only), cuisine tastings by some of San Antonio’s top restaurants, colorful costumes – and Fiesta’s most diverse, fun-loving crowd. And to commemorate the 25th annual party, SAAF will pay special tribute to the founders of the event. In addition, the inaugural “Papa Bear Legacy Award” will be presented in honor of SAAF’s late founder, Robert “Papa Bear” Edwards.
A silver anniversary also requires a very special, limited-edition Fiesta® medal and SAAF’s is a stunning silver-toned “spinner” this year. It’s available for $10 at the Fiesta® Store, Karolina’s Antiques and SAAF. Visit www.SanAntonioAIDS.org for full details or to purchase online.
“We are dedicated to making the WEBB Party an unforgettable extravaganza that will not only raise money for the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, but also raise awareness of the fact that HIV/AIDS remains a serious public health problem in our community,” said SAAF CEO Cynthia Nelson. “Each year, funds raised at the party help us continue to educate the public, prevent the spread of HIV and care for those affected by HIV/AIDS.”
Tri-Chairs for “WEBB Party: The Roaring 25” are Dawn Brooks, Roland Benavides and Ramiro Sanchez. Major sponsors of this year’s event are Macy’s, Valero Energy, Gilead, Yelp, Dahill, the Jerry Craft Memorial Fund, iHeart Media, Total Travel Solutions, New Heights Dental, Planned Parenthood, The San Antonio Current and Out in SA. Official WEBB medal sponsor is Ray Chavez of Alamo Medals.
Participating restaurants and caterers are Piatti, Jason Dady’s Two Bros. BBQ Market, Bakery Lorraine, Rosella, Tim the Girl, Luther’s Café, Amy’s Ice Cream and the SAAF Kitchen.
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. (And WEBB is now a bonafide Fiesta icon!)
WEBB 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 more than 1,000 guests and raising more than $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 servicing Bexar County and 11 surrounding counties – and reaching approximately 30,000 people a year.
Ken Slavin, Vice President of Communications
O: 210-225-4715, ext. 141
ABOUT THE AZTEC THEATRE
The Aztec Theatre is San Antonio’s premier historical multi-purpose entertainment and events facility. Located in the heart of downtown at the corner of Commerce St. and St. Mary’s St., the Aztec Theatre in one of the Alamo City’s most cherished architectural and historical landmarks. Considered by many as a Meso-American architectural work of art, the Aztec boasts a dramatic combination of authentic columns, reliefs and artifacts. From its stunning lobby and mezzanine to the glorious stage and balcony, the Aztec Theatre is an experience unlike any other.
At a price of just under $2 million, the Aztec officially opened on June 4, 1926, as one of the most decorative movie theaters in the country. The design firm of Meyer & Holler combined elements of Aztec design with modern touches creating an “ancient American” look, complete with polychrome plasterwork, duplicating murals, massive columns and sculpture from ancient Mexican temples. The centerpiece of the lobby was a three-ton chandelier, two stories tall and twelve feet wide, hailed as the largest in Texas at the time. For more information, visit www.theaztectheatre.com or call 210-812-4355.10.812.4355
ABOUT THE SAN ANTONIO AIDS FOUNDATION
Founded in 1986, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation commemorates 32 years of service in 2018. It is the oldest and largest HIV/AIDS service organization in Bexar County. Its mission is to prevent the spread of HIV and provide comprehensive services to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. SAAF’s offices and services are located at 818 E. Grayson St.
For more information: call Ken Slavin, vice president of communications, at 225-4715, ext. 141.