No Tie packs em in at Frontiers of Flight Museum

About 1,500 people attended No Tie Dinner at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on Saturday (April 9). The event benefits AIDS Services Dallas that provides housing for underprivileged people living with AIDS.

Angel and Marie Reyes served as honorary chairs. Marie is one of the new Real Housewives of Dallas that premieres on Bravo tonight (April 11) at 9 p.m. (Central Time).

—  David Taffet

No Tie Dinner needs volunteers

NTD cupcakes

No Tie Dinner cupcakes

No Tie Dinner needs volunteers this Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Avenue, according to Development Associate Alex Sanchez. The dessert party and silent auction benefits AIDS Services Dallas.

To volunteer to work the floor of the silent auction and for other positions during the event, contact Henrietta Martin at 214-941-0523.

—  David Taffet

WATCH: Drag queens and Speedos and sarongs, oh my!

IMG_2878Last weekend, over the course of a brief 24 hours, three different charities — AIDS Services of Dallas, Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage and AIDS Arms — received an awful lot of love from the Dallas gay community … and did so with a lot of costume changes.

On Saturday, The Summer Party, a 12-year-old pool bash at a private home in East Dallas, raised money for ASD, and included a fashion show by Skivvies, as well as a sarong contest for the gathered guests. Later that evening, The Red Party, a fundraising group benefiting Legacy, staged a poolside fashion show of its own at the ilume, with vodka by Hudson Ferus, snacks and margaritas from Mi Cocina and swimwear by Aussie Bum, ES Collection, Marek+Richard and others. Then on Sunday evening, the Rose Room gave over to the Miss LifeWalk contest, a fundraiser for AIDS Arms. Thousands of dollars were raised … and a lot of eyes popped.

You can see slide shows of each of them with these links to the Summer Party, the Red Party and Miss LifeWalk.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

PHOTOS: The Summer Party, benefiting ASD

Photos by Arnold Wayne Jones

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

No Tie giving away Cher concert tickets

CherDo you believe in life after an Oscar, a variety show, an ex-husband dying on a ski slope, a transgender child and gazillions of gay fanboys? Then you believe in Cher, who’ll be playing in Dallas on March 26, the third stop on her Dressed to Kill Tour. The gays love their uber-diva more than Judy herself, and the No Tie Dinner and Dessert party knows its audience. So, before the big fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas on April 12, the group is giving away tickets so any gypsies, tramps and thieves can see Cher in concert. Just pre-register for the No Tie Dinner now through March 19 at, and you’ll be entered in the drawing. Don’t be late, though, because you can’t turn back time.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

LifeWalk fundraisers set this weekend

LifeWalkLifeWalk isn’t until October, but you can get started early with helping raise money for the AIDS fundraiser. Here are some events this weekend:

AIDS Services of Dallas Car Wash. Get your ride clean and contribute to ASD at the same time. IN the Round-Up parking lot off Throckmorton, Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Green Team Pool Party. A private home hosts a day-long dip and sip for one of the teams. 1010 Gregory St., Garland, Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

10th Annual Miss LifeWalk Pageant. Come root for your favorite ladyboy as she walks the runway for charity. The Rose Room inside Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road, Sunday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. $7 donation requested at the door; $17 reserved seating.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

There’s still time to win a grand in the Top Hat photo contest!

Time is running out to win money. We’re not joking.

You know how EASY it is to win $1,000 for charity? Pretty damn easy! Get some kind of hat. It can be a beret. Or a snood. Or a box of oatmeal cereal. Then find a head. It can be bald. Or teased  and treated. Or on a dog. Then get a camera — even a smartphone. And take a snapshot. THAT’S IT. After that, just email it to with the name of your nonprofit by Friday. We’ll whittle the entries down to the top nine, and the winner (chosen by Voice readers) gets a photo of them in their hat on the cover of an issue in March and a donation made in their name.

OK you members of the Turtle Creek Chorale, or volunteers for DIFFA, or chefs who donate to the food pantry, or fundraisers for AIDS Arms or ASD or Black Tie. You don’t have to sell tickets, you don’t have to make a matching contribution, you don’t have to design a denim jacket. All you need to do is take a photo and make a grand for charity. If you’re email address ends with .org, you probably already work for an eligible agency. It’s like free money! Think how you can impress your boss!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

AIDS Services Dallas to celebrate 25 years

Don Maison

AIDS Services of Dallas will celebrate its 25th anniversary Friday with a tribute to its two founders, Michael R. Merdian and Daryl M. Moore.

Both Merdian and Moore died of complications from AIDS — Moore in August 1988 at the age of 27, and Merdian in March 1993 at 36.

ASD’s provides quality, affordable, medically supportive housing for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. The agency is the largest of its kind in Texas and has four residential facilities in Dallas County.

“Providing people with a decent place to live gives them dignity and pride,” said Don Maison, who’s served as president and CEO of ASD since 1989. “Their lives have been enriched and their health improved. I’m proud that we’re a top-notch program recognized throughout the country as among the very best.”

On April 28, 1987, ASD was incorporated as the PWA Coalition of Dallas. Since then the organization has provided more than 1 million nights of housing to more than 1,800 people.

Awards will be presented to honor individuals and businesses whose involvement and commitment to Dallas’ HIV/AIDS Community have made a tremendous impact. These honorees are Baron and Blue Foundation, Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS, DoorKing of Texas, Judith Powell and Terril Slusser and Bradley Patenaude. An ASD resident who has demonstrated excellence in the spirit of the mission of AIDS Services of Dallas will receive the Michael R. Merdian Memorial Award.

The Founders Day celebration will be held at Revlon House in Oak Cliff at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. It is free and open to the public. The Revlon House is at 720 N. Lancaster Ave. in Oak Cliff.


—  David Taffet

Dallas Purple Party recruiting volunteers for its May event at Saturday mixer

The Dallas Purple Party, an annual fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas now in its 12th year, will hold a volunteer drive … er, reception … at Sue Ellen’s on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Executive director Blake Baker will give a primer to those who want to help put on the party, which takes place at a variety of venues across Dallas the weekend of May 4–6.

The all-volunteer Purple Party Foundation needs all kinds of assistance in putting on the event, from those who can help set up and decorate in the daytime hours to those who can assist with the after-hours events to those helping with clean-up. They even need folks to man their booth at the Easter in Lee Park Festival on April 8 and at the Cedar Springs Arts Festival the Saturday before the event.

“Last year, we had 70 volunteers, which was a lot — the most we’ve ever had — but we could still use more,” says executive board member Chris Huffstutler.

If you can’t make the mixer at Sue Ellen’s, visit to learn more or sign up for shifts at your convenience.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

ASD property torn up by neighbor’s contractor

Everything to the right of the orange survey flag in this photo is on property belonging to AIDS Services of Dallas, including where the backhoe is parked.

A contractor working on a convenience store adjacent to property owned by AIDS Services of Dallas has done considerable damage to the agency’s lots acquired for future expansion of housing for people with HIV and AIDS.

After leaving a business card and sending two certified cease-and-desist letters, ASD President and CEO Don Maison said he was going to have to hire an attorney this week to have a restraining order placed on the business. However the owner of  City View Food Store finally responded to Maison on Tuesday.

“We own three lots behind the store,” Maison said. “They encroached on one and trespassed on our land on the other two.”

—  David Taffet