by Jessica Forbes
Those who are fans of brunch, Broadway, and charitable giving have an opportunity to bundle all three this Sunday during HIVevolution’s “Brunch and Broadway” fundraiser.
“‘Brunch and Broadway’ is the vision of our HIVevolution Director, Patrick Rogers. He introduced the idea to our HIVevolution staff and volunteer team and we began to brainstorm about the possibilities we have available to us within our local professional arts community,” explained Kimberly Brill, outreach coordinator at HIVevolution.
The brunch portion of the event will take place at Seville Quarter beginning at 11 a.m. Pensacola Little Theatre will then host a pre-show reception with complimentary drinks and desserts at 12:30 p.m. and the Broadway-style show, which features artists from Ballet Pensacola, Pensacola Little Theatre, Pensacola Choral Society and Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre, begins at 1:30 p.m.
“Jerry Ahillen graciously offered his services as the show’s producer with assistance from Richard Steinert of Ballet Pensacola. Their enthusiasm has been key in this endeavor,” Brill said. The show’s theme will be the triumph of love and courage in society.
According to Brill, the Brunch and Broadway concept of outreach and fundraising has been in the making for almost one year. With all of the partners currently on board, the HIVevolution team is hoping to develop the arts-based fundraiser into an annual event.
A portion of Seville’s brunch proceeds that Sunday and all proceeds from the show will benefit HIVevolution, which “works to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS through education, providing resources/linkages and free/confidential testing as prevention,” Brill stated. “We seek to end the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and to encourage routine testing for our community. ‘Brunch and Broadway’ will help us provide the financial support to keep moving forward!”
BRUNCH AND BROADWAY
WHAT: Fundraiser for HIVevolution (a project of OASIS)
WHEN: Brunch 11 a.m., Show 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6
WHERE: Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St., and Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St.
COST: Brunch priced individually, Show tickets $20-$60
DETAILS: aidsoasis.org/events and pensacolalittletheatre.com