Men and women from all over the Carolinas (and even as far as Chicago, DC and New York City) came to celebrate Worlds AIDS Day 2013 in style by rocking their red pumps and red ties for Red Pump Charlotte’s 5th Annual Red Pump/Red Tie Affair presented by JSW Media Group the evening of Dec. 7 at the Hart Witzen Gallery with co-hosts media personalities Brie Wright (Charlotte STYLE Magazine, Carolina STYLE Magazine, STYLE Week Charlotte) and Mike Watson (Fashion Professional, Innovator, Visual Artist and Idea Connector). Beats by Eric “DJ Royale” Flemming kept the crowd energized. A guest appearance by the co-founders of The Red Pump Project Luvvie Ajayi and Karyn Watkins truly made the evening special as well as special guest Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Anthony Hamilton who came to support his wife, the talented Tarsha’ Hamilton, our 2013 Red Pump Award recipient.
The night began with delicious desserts prepared by Snickerdoodle’s Cakes during the cocktail hour, while people mixed, mingled and bid during the silent auction. One of the most important highlights of the evening was the awards ceremony when 2013 honoree Tarsha’ Hamilton was given the Red Pump Award for being an outstanding community leader paving the way for HIV/AIDS awareness and education through her efforts. 2012 Red Pump Award Winner Geneva Galloway presented Hamilton with her award.
The event included a fashion show of imaginative and eclectic designs. Looks featured collections from Bill Evans, Kevin Vain, T’Shanell Designs, Flow by Tara Davis and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th with accessories provided by Accessory Gardin. The Red Pump styling team includes lead fashion coordinator Kyle Murray, Davita Galloway of dupp&swat and Joel “Mr. Baang.” Other key members of the fashion production team include TV personality and professional runway model Jennifer Michelle who acted as model coach and show coordinator along with professional makeup artist Gregory Lawrence who served as beauty director.
The Red Pump/Red Tie Affair was sponsored by JSW Media Group, Dr. Kim Blanding, Charlotte STYLE Magazine, dupp&swat, Metro Proponent Newspaper, The UPS Store (#1247), Blach Collar Ent., Media Arts Collective and Good Eye Video Production. JSW Media Group and The Red Pump Project -Charlotte would also like to thank all of the fabulous silent auction and program advertising sponsors as well.
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