On Aug. 27, I had the genuine pleasure of attending the 25th Annual Black & White Party hosted by Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN).  I heard many stories from previous Black & White Parties and since practically everyone at Kirvin Doak was unanimously peer pressuring me into attending, I bought a ticket.  $35 for general admission seemed like a steep price at the time, but I figured it was for a great cause, so why not?  Little did I know I’d be getting much more than my money’s worth.
Before I could get excited about the party, I had to deal with what to wear.  Among the legendary tales I’d heard from Black & White Parties of yesteryears, I knew the outfit choices were of the utmost importance.  However, anyone who knows me well knows I like a lot of color in my wardrobe.  Don’t get me wrong – I like dressing classy.  I can be a dapper fellow.  But I prefer to splash on the color, that’s for sure.  Like the procrastinator I am (shhh don’t tell my boss), I didn’t buy my clothes until the very last minute.  Literally.  Since I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, I kept it safe with a short sleeve white button up and black dress pants.
When I arrived at the party, I realized I was neither overdressed nor underdressed, because attendees were enjoying themselves in everything and anything black and white, from women in extravagant black gowns to men in tighty whities.  Navigating my way around the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was a blast.  I stopped at each vendor I came across – Sushi Roku, The Cupcakery, PF Changs, Outback Steakhouse, Absolut Vodka, Jose Cuervo… even the snowcone cart from Malibu, plus many others!  If half of the food and beverage stations were present, I still would have considered my ticket price a steal.  Throughout the night from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. guests were tasting food, mingling with friends, and enjoying entertainment from representatives of Absinthe, David Saxe Productions and Le Reve (just to name a few).  It really was a fantastic party and I was fortunate enough to meet so many wonderful people.
AFAN certainly went all out for this event.  Seeing the 3,000+ people supporting such a respectable and responsible organization was thoroughly inspiring.  I can’t wait to go again next year.  While I now have a fancy new white shirt and black dress pants, I think I just might go a little crazier for AFAN’s 26th annual Black & White Party, because now I know it really doesn’t matter what you wear.  It just matters that you’re there. 

AFAN Las Vegas 25th Annual Black & White Party