At Mansions on Fifth last night I had the pleasure of meeting Tim McVay and David Bush, the co-chairs of this year's Pittsburgh Aids Task Force (PATF) 28th Annual Benefit. It was a pre-party event to kick off the PATF big benefit tonight at the historic Twentieth Century Club in Oakland.
(A relevant aside: Mansions on Fifth is one of the newest boutique hotels here in the city. It used to be a fantastic old mansion that had been damaged in a fire, now restored to its former glory.)
"We are so thrilled to be a part of PATF's benefit. This is such a great cause," Tim said.
(#SEENbestselfieever) David Bush and Tim McVay with me in the middle
It was a great evening, and I met several people who have been involved with the PATF since its conception in 1985. Chuck Christen, executive director of PATF, explained that he is still surprised that there are so many people with so many misconceptions about HIV, AIDS, and treatment options. "I want people to know that if they have contracted HIV, come and see us. We can offer help and support in a variety of ways."
Chuck Christen with Johnny Rodgers
The Johnny Rodgers Band will be performing at PATF's benefit tonight at the Twentieth Century Club. They will get people dancing for sure!
Two people I hope to see in their dancing shoes are Nachum Golan and Steve Hough, newlyweds who have been together for many years, and involved with PATF (longer than I'm allowed to say). Their secret to a happy, long-term relationship? Never stop dancing, of course!
#SEENHappyCouple: Nachum Golan and Steve Hough
For more information on PATF, check out their website: http://www.patf.org/
Follow PATF on Twitter: @PghAids