For now, if you want to party, you need to bring the party to you. Latinos Salud is doing just that with their annual gala.
Usually the fun affair brings the South Florida community together in a huge ballroom with engaging hosts, eye-popping entertainment, and lots of surprises. The same is happening with this year’s event, minus the huge ballroom.
On Feb. 27, Latinos Salud will present From Social Bubbles to Community: A “Blended” Gala. Executive Director Stephen Fallon told SFGN that the virtual party will be nothing like the virtual events we’ve gotten used to over the past year.
“While we won’t be able to dance and dine together in the same venue, this Gala will stand out from the screen-staring affairs that have turned viewers into Zoom-zombies. Latinos Salud’s Gala will innovate, by breaking through the virtual wall, and turning the camera around to share all the fun from safe watch parties taking place all over the region.”
Latinos Salud wants everyone to organize small, safe parties at home. They will provide a party atmosphere. Before the event, a Benefit In A Box will appear at your place. Inside will be everything you need to feel the social connection we’re all missing these days.
What’s inside the Benefit In A Box depends on what you sign up for. Like all good galas, you need a ticket. “Freemium” tickets give you access to the URL and password to watch the Gala. Premium level features early access to the silent auction (and the ability to “buy it now”) and you may get to be featured on the gala’s feed. That means you need to be ready to strut your stuff and make a little noise. If you want to go big and be a VIP, you get all that plus the VIP Benefit In A Box, with supplies for up to four people.
From the ticket upgrades to the silent auction to donations made during the party, the money is worth it. Latinos Salud has consistently served the community despite the challenges and dangers posed by the COVID-19 crisis. In fact, Fallon said they’ve done even more.
“Latinos Salud stayed entirely open for all individual-level services during the pandemic. Because we were absorbing community members who found their usual place of service closed, we actually served more community members in 2020 than ever before, with over 5,500 HIV tests, among other services.”
Once you join the party, which starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, you’ll barely be able to keep up. Videos from the community, along with live feeds from fellow partiers will hit the screen, along with surprise guest artists.
For up-to-the-minute details and to register for tickets, visit their website, LatinosSalud.org.