Ah, ah, ah, ah, they're 'Stayin' Alive, ' and for the second straight year, disco was alive and groovy at the Red Ribbon Ball.
The fro was back, bigger and puffier than ever. Neon-colored polyester - far out, man - reigned. And there were still enough disco mirror balls around to fill an Antlers Hilton ballroom.
A dancing crowd of 315 got their groove thing on and kept the Boogie Machine musicians going strong for hours, even inspiring college-age taekwondo competitors staying in the hotel to consider dancing in the halls instead of sleeping on the night before their event.
So much fun for a serious cause, raising money for the Southern Colorado AIDS Project. It was an opportunity for board member Bill Mead to report that the face of HIV/AIDS continues to change, and 20 percent of those infected are unaware. Dirty needles are found in public parks; first responders suffer needle sticks; women and children are victims. It's something that must be addressed, he said.
With birthday boy Kevin Patterson's enthusiastic auctioneering, several live-auction items raised record amounts and will send folks on an exclusive $4,000 Bonefish Grill food excursion, to Cripple Creek with 25 friends on a party bus and to Dr. Dinny and Terri Weber's for six-course gourmet dinners by former Broadmoor chefs complete with wines for each course chosen by volunteer sommelier Dr. Michael Barber.
The evening's emcees were sponsor KOAA's Marissa Torres and Adam Atchison, both in elegant black and red with not a spot of polyester to be seen.
Making up the Red Ribbon Ball Committee were chair Mary Ellen McNally, who was jive talking on the dance floor with the best of them; Gary Archuleta; Richard Blair; Pat Cone; stylish disco diva Vicki Dimond; Nancy Hankin; Jay Kelley of sponsor Cheetah Printing & Design; sponsor Daniel Korleski; Cyndi Lambrecht; Bill Mead; Heidi Miller; Sharon Regier, who received kudos for her silent auction; and Liz Youngquist.