Red Ribbon Foundation kicks off 10th gala for AIDS

It was “anchors away” for the Red Ribbon Foundation, which set sail from Indian Harbor Yacht Club on May 23 to kick off its latest biyearly SAFE fund-raiser to fight AIDS.

The SAFE gala will take place this fall on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the newly rennovated Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., where best-selling rock band Cheap Trick will perform.

More than 30 event patrons took part in the sunset cruise aboard Belle, a classic motor yacht dating back to 1929, courtesy of Vintage Yachting Club. Guests included honorary gala chairs Mary and Gary Dell’Abate, Greenwich residents who put tremendus effort into making this year’s soiree a success. Mr. Dell’Abate, the new board president at Lifebeat: Music Fights AIDS, has been a dedicated advocate of the fight against AIDS since losing his brother, Steven, to the disease in 1991.

 

Visionary Award recipient Dr. Jeffrey Laurence spoke of the latest advancements toward a cure. Dr. Laurence is a world-renowned AIDS researcher, longtime cohort of Red Ribbon, and scientific advisor to RRF grantee AMFAR.

In addition to taking in all of Long Island Sound’s views, guests enjoyed a tasting of the exclusive DeLeón Tequila, “Partly Cloudy,” cocktails from South Seas Rum, as well as wine courtesy of Horseneck Wines and Liquors.

Sponsors of the SAFE gala include SaraLee, WWE, Barbara Zaccagnini, Greenwich Magazine, and Southfield Capital.

To learn more about Red Ribbon’s SAFE event visit Redribbonfoundation.org.

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