Party with a Purpose

Octotea 16 Raises Awareness For Community Issue

By Rob Giardinelli
Photography By  Seabrook Jones

It was event that’s as unique as Austin. Octotea 16, held at the modernistic Mexican American Cultural Center, was the scene of top-flight entertainment, cocktails, food, auction bidding and dancing – all benefitting a great cause. AIDS Services of Austin’s Paul Kirby Emergency Assistance Fund provides monetary assistance for basic needs including life-saving medications, transportation assistance and rent/utility subsidies to those living with HIV and AIDS.  Historically thought of as an LGBT disease, this event selected its venue to help highlight the fact that one of the fastest growing demographics of new HIV/AIDS cases in Central Texas is Hispanic women. Mark Fisette and Mary Morrison chaired the evening and KVUE News Anchor Tyler Sieswerda was on hand to M.C. the event that included a series of local performers such as Nakia, Courtney Sanchez, West African Dance Moves and MoTel Aviv. Over a thousand guests danced the night away as cocktails were poured, food was served and silent auction items were bid upon – all for a worthy cause.

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