The stars of the evening, the Bingo-Verifying Divas.
On Saturday AIDS Fund hosted the 15th annual Black-Tie Gay Bingo, an annual springtime event that raises money for the nonprofit’s mission to provide monetary aid to regional HIV/AIDS organizations. Gays, drag queens, allies and shirtless waiters packed the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building for a night of cocktail-ing, Bingo-ing, dancing, and mingling. The much-loved Bingo-Verifying Divas did one number, Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” awards were handed out to locals working to bring HIV awareness to Philadelphia, and the whole shebang ended with a fantastic dance party. Check out some photos from local paparazzo HughE Dillon after the jump.
AIDS Fund volunteers Scott Barnes and Matt Beierschmitt
Eva Destruction, Founders Award recipient Al Vernacchio, Summer Clearance, and Robb Reichard, Executive Director of AIDS Fund.
Alan Chelak, Michael Furfari, Prab Sandhu, and Jason Donnelly
Alyssa Mutryn and Shay Selden
Capricccio’s Café's Jarrod Williams and David Wagaman, Leo Mendez, and Scott Fixari
Bryan Berchok and John Ferraro
Alexander Kacala, Miss Fish 2014 Mary D'Knight, and Josh Middleton
Anna, Lori, Ruth, Beverly, Stacy and Michelle.
Brian Morrison, Charity Johnson, and James Helisek
ACLU’s Peter Goldberger and Anna Durbin, and AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania Executive Director Ronda Goldfein, who received the evening’s award for Favorite Straight Person of the Year
Conrad Kuhn, Independence Business Alliance’s Tom Cavanaugh, and the Mazzoni Center’s Perry Monastero
One of the silent auction vendors
Kevin Diggs, Sr, Kevin Diggs, Jr., Keisha Diggs and Terrie Hawkins. The Ferrara Family Volunteer Award was presented to Kevin and Keisha Diggs.
The Bingo-Verifying Divas (aka BVDs)
Matthew Whipple and Adam Hymans
Ryan O’Laughlin and Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou, manager of Philly Aids Thrift
William Way Executive Director Chris Bartlett, and Dean DeFense
AIDS Fund Executive Director Rob Reichard
The evening's host, Carlotta Tendant, with the aforementioned shirtless waiter.