On Saturday, October 31, The Northalsted Business Alliance hosts the inaugural Ruby Red Relay to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Out in the Open Sleep Out, a first of its kind overnight sleep out to raise visibility and funds for youth experiencing homelessness.
Out in the Open Sleep Out, an event of the newly formed Pride Action Tank, benefits 19 organizations that work to provide stable living environments for youth. The event takes place on Friday, November 20 at Cricket Hill near Montrose Beach.
Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Christopher Barrett Politan expands on the charity efforts.
"Our Halloween celebrations are not complete without components of giving back to the community. While campy and fun, The Ruby Red Relay raises awareness about this vital issue impacting our LGBTQ family, in particular.
As part of a day-long Halloween celebration, the race takes center stage at 3 pm at Halsted and Aldine. Teams, from businesses throughout Boystown, will sport high heels and exchange relay attire at four stops down Halsted, with a finish line at Cornelia.
Nine local businesses raised funds and will field teams in the event: AFC ( Steamworks )
DS Tequila, FFC ( Fitness Formula Club ), Hydrate, MB Financial, mEat, minibar, Progress Bar, Roscoe's.
About the Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA )
Formed in 1980, NBA represents more than 100 businesses along the Halsted Street corridor. The organization hosts major events throughout the year including Chicago Pride Fest, Northalsted Market Days, the Halloween Parade and Frost Fest. For information about NBA visit www.northalsted.com .
About the AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Founded in 1985 by community activists and physicians, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is a local, national and international leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. AFC collaborates with community organizations to develop and improve HIV/AIDS services; fund and coordinate prevention, care, and advocacy projects; and champion effective, compassionate HIV/AIDS policy. To learn more, visit www.aidschicago.org .