Sunday, May 13, 2018

Splash of Red Masquerade Gala 2018

This past weekend played host to HIV Community Link's annual Splash of Red gala. This year's theme was "Masquerade", which saw members of the community show up in their finest feathered masks and formal wear. This gala raises much needed funds for HIV Community Link programming - which serves those living with HIV and those vulnerable populations in Calgary and Southern Alberta. The event brings entertainment, a live and silent auction, art and fundraising games together in one room - in this case the Crystal Ballroom at the magnificent Fairmont Palliser hotel.

Sister Visa (R) with HIV Community Link Executive Director Leslie Hill (L) and emcee for the evening Scott Fee from Global News Calgary (C). Photo - Christy D Swanberg Photography

For a second year, our missionary sister in Calgary, Sister Visa DeKline was invited to be a part of the festivities along with former Empresses of Calgary Shauna Starr and Krystal Starr. They opened the evening with a fabulous rendition of "There Must Be An Angel" by the Eurythmics and followed it up throughout the evening with more drag numbers. In addition to the queens, there was a live band, DJ, drag kings, and both male and female burlesque performances. Each and every performance was simply incredible!

Sister Visa (L) with emcee for the evening Shauna Starr (C) and Empress 41 of Calgary Krystal Starr (R). Photo - Christy D Swanberg Photography

This event raised an amazing $69,124 thanks to the generous support of the Calgary community! If you're interested in learning more about HIV Community Link - please visit them online through social media, or on the web at

Special thanks to Christy D. Swanberg Photography for capturing these amazing photos of the evening, along with several others!

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