Nightclub hopes to repeat success with fundraiser Annual Steve Machart Benefit for AIN raised more than $20,000 for AIDS service organization in ’09
DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, Sept. 11 Pekers holds its fourth annual Steve Machart Benefit for AIDS Interfaith Network.
Last year, they raised more than $20,000 for the organization. Bar owner Frank Holland said he planned to top that amount this year.
To do that, he has been working with local businesses to donate items for a silent auction. He said the Heritage Auction Galleries has been particularly generous with a variety of jewelry. Among the items donated were two women’s and one man’s diamond rings, a diamond tennis bracelet and jade rings.
“We’ll be raffling a 47-inch flat panel plasma TV,” Holland said. “And we have some beautiful oriental prints from Japan.”
He said DeNovo and Salon 2121 donated facials and haircuts and restaurants including Rafa’s and Breadwinners donated gift certificates.
Among the performers participating are Trixie Lynn, the current Miss Pekers, Reva Dena, popular performer from Friends in Gun Barrel City and Robert Olivas, a runner-up in this year’s Voice of Pride competition.
Holland said AIDS Interfaith Network has been touched by budget cuts more than other AIDS agencies. Since the bar opened three years ago, he estimates that fundraisers at Pekers have collected about $150,000 for the agency that provides transportation services including Care-A-Van service, a meals program and the adult day-care Howie Daire Center.
Holland said he named the annual event after the man who “was my best friend for more than 40 years [and who] died a horrible death from AIDS.”
The silent auction begins at 8 p.m. and the Holland said they would be raising money until midnight.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 10, 2010