One of the most rewarding things I've had the opportunity to do in my career is to volunteer for the Capital Area AIDS Legal Project, or CAALP. CAALP, a joint project of AIDS Services of Austin and Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, provides free legal services for low income persons affected by HIV/AIDS.
CAALP's biggest fundraiser every year is a really fun event called Viva! Las Vegas. Viva! channels the essence of Las Vegas (or Monte Carlo, which is the theme this year) with faux gambling, an outstanding fashion show (last year, Stephen Moser called it "Austin's best fashion show ever"), a silent auction, great tunes spun by DJ Chicken George, and delicious bites from the likes of East Side Show Room, Max's Wine Dive, Moonshine, Parkside, Garrido's, Mirabelle, Siena, Whole Foods, and Austin Cake Ball.
Viva! is coming up next Saturday, February 20th, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Austin Music Hall. If you'd like to win a pair of tickets to the event (door price for a pair of tickets is $120), you can enter up to two times by: (1) following me on Twitter and retweeting my tweet about this contest which will go out Monday morning; and/or (2) commenting on this blog post. All entries must be received by 9:00 p.m. on Monday; I'll randomly select a winner on Monday night. If you enter by commenting below, be sure you include your Twitter handle, e-mail address, or another way to contact you in your comment in case you win!
While you're waiting for the contest to end, here are a few shots I took of last year's fashion show. There are also some great little videos here and here.
The Style Mafia
Gotta love the dice earrings
Not sure what this guy is modeling, but I'll take three.
In addition to the fashion show, we held auditions for the Victoria's Secret Angels...
...and for Matrix IV.
If you don't win the contest, you can purchase tickets here. Hope to see you at Viva!