Pucker up for ‘Love on the Rocks’

An­nual Valen­tine fundraiser ben­e­fits At­lanta HIV hous­ing

GA Voice - - Mating & Dating - By Ryan Watkins rwatkins@the­gavoice.com

Love on the Rocks, the an­nual Valen­tine’s Day-themed fundraiser for Join­ing Hearts, re­turns for its sixth year Sun­day, Feb. 10, at Room & Board Fur­ni­ture in West Mid­town.

The ben­e­fit is the first of the year for Join­ing Hearts, a non­profit ded­i­cated to rais­ing money for hous­ing sup­port for At­lantans liv­ing with HIV and AIDS. Join­ing Hearts also or­ga­nizes the an­nual Change of Sea­sons spring dance as well as the name­sake Join­ing Hearts, the sum­mer’s big­gest (and gayest) pool party fundraiser held each year at At­lanta’s Pied­mont Park.

Kerry Loftis, pres­i­dent of Join­ing Hearts, told GA Voice said this year’s fundraiser should be the largest Love on the Rocks event yet.

“We’re hav­ing the fundraiser at a really nice show­room of Room and Board. That will al­low us the abil­ity for more guests than we’ve had in the past,” he said. “It’s a fab­u­lous show­room. It’s in an old fac­tory. It’s got a real open feel, loft feel to it. The event will be on the top floor.”

Last year’s event had be­tween 300 and 350 at­ten­dees, Loftis said. This year, as many as 500 at­ten­dees could gather to raise money for lo­cal HIV / AIDS or­ga­ni­za­tions Jerusalem House and AID At­lanta. Last year, Join­ing Hearts raised more than $250,000 for both or­ga­ni­za­tions. It was their largest fundrais­ing year on record. Love on the Rocks contributed about a third of that to­tal.

This year’s Love on the Rocks ben­e­fit will fea­ture a silent auc­tion, cock­tails from Ket­tel One, hors d’oeu­vres from Bridge Ca­ter­ing and the mu­si­cal styling of DJ Mike Pope.

Loftis said he was par­tic­u­larly happy to have Pope back for the event. Pope has worked with Join­ing Hearts for six years now, in­clud­ing his first-ever gig with the or­ga­ni­za­tion, the first Love on the Rocks ben­e­fit.

“He knows the At­lanta crowd,” Loftis said. “And he knows what the At­lanta scene likes.”

Tick­ets to the Love on the Rocks are $25 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion and can be pur­chased on­line ahead of the fundraiser or at the door. VIP tick­ets to the fundraiser are $50 and will in­clude bet­ter food and drink op­tions as well as a gift bag.

Love on the Rocks is the an­nual Valen­tine event for Join­ing Hearts, the same or­ga­ni­za­tion that hosts the sum­mer’s sig­na­ture pool party at Pied­mont Park. (Photo by Brent Cor­co­ran/RNZ Pho­tog­ra­phy)

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