Get your tickets for Bloomin Ball

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AIDS Interfaith Network‘s largest annual fundraiser, The Bloomin’ Ball, is coming up May 9 at The Hilton Anatole Hotel. Tickets are $150 each, or $1,200 for a table of eight (available here).

The event will include the presentation of Crystal Hope Awards to Sam Bowers and Glen Romero (individuals), Dallas Light and Sound (corporate), and Auntjuan Wiley (faith community). The celebration is presented by Texas Instruments.

—  Tammye Nash

WATCH: “AIN is …” from Saturday’s Bloomin’ Ball

The below video featuring longtime clients of AIDS Interfaith Network talking about what the agency has meant to them — using words like “hope,” “freedom” and “life” — represented one of the more poignant moments during Saturday’s Bloomin’ Ball … Sowing Seeds of Hope at the Hilton Anatole. So we were glad to get a chance to watch the video again after AIN Development Director Travis Gasper sent it out earlier today. (If you haven’t already seen it, you may want to grab some Kleenex before clicking play.)

“After you watch the video, consider making a donation to support clients like LaShanda and Samuel,” Gasper writes. “Just $20 can provide breakfast and lunch for three clients battling HIV/AIDS. Or donate $50, and provide a one-month unlimited bus pass, so clients like Billy can access life-saving medical care. Or support Dorothy and clients like her with a month’s worth of meals, for $125.”

On a side note, happy birthday to AIN Executive Director Steven Pace, who turned 60 the other day. Watch “AIN is …” after the jump.

—  John Wright

Scenes from AIN’s Bloomin’ Ball on May 7

Photos by Eric Scott Dickson/Arcus Media

—  John Wright

Scenes from AIN's Bloomin' Ball


Damon Frazier of Frazier Photography and Video was kind enough to send over some shots he took Saturday night during the AIDS Interfaith Network’s Bloomin’ Ball, at the Westin Park Central. More after the jump.

—  John Wright