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Many Atlantans are familiar with Sir Elton John’s local ties: his world-famous art collection that helped spark Atlanta’s obsession with photography, his hangouts at the Buckhead Diner, and his affinity for Georgia musicians. However, John’s fans may not appreciate that his most lasting gift to our city may be helping reverse the spread and stigma of AIDS.
90 breweries at Decatur Square, 100 restaurants in Historic Fourth Ward Park, and a walk/run in Piedmont Park to raise money for HIV/AIDS services.
Atlantans are notorious for waiting until the last minute to solidify their social calendars. But with local charitable giving drying up as fast as earnings in a 401K plan, organizers of the 2011 AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K Run are getting proactive with advance fundraising for the Oct. 16 events. On Tuesday night, Livingston at the Georgian Terrace hosted the first-ever "Celebrate!" celebrity bartender cocktail party event featuring the Red Ribbon cocktail, a blend of Stoli Raspberry vodka, muddled fresh raspberries, mint and soda. The party's hosts graciously donated 50 percent of each $11 cocktail to the AIDS Walk Atlanta fundraising efforts. "It's time to get creative," AID Atlanta assistant event manager Kristen Petillo told Intel. "This is the first time we've done this and we're very pleased with the turn out. We already have 200 teams signed up to walk but our goal is 550 this year. Creating awareness at events like this really helps."