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Volume 15/Issue 12

AMBUSH.GIF

AMBUSH Joins Artists Against AIDS,
NO/AIDS Walk, Pride Fest, Halloween
& GAA as Corporate Sponsor

In keeping with its long-standing tradition of community support, AMBUSH Mag 2000 and AMBUSHonLINE have joined together endorsing Artists Against AIDS, NO/AIDS Walk, Pride Fest, Halloween XIV and GAA as a corporate sponsor through its *AMgrant program [*Ambush Advertising Grant Program]. The *AMgrant program donated over $50,000 in 1996 towards various organizations and events both in ad and monetary grants. This years program is expected to exceed $100,000. The program is made possible through the continual support and patronage of Ambush clients, friends, associates and its readership estimated at over 650,000 through the printed paper and at over 1.2 million online annually.

Artists Against AIDS presents Musical Magic '97 Saturday, July 19 at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre of Performing Arts in Armstrong Park, New Orleans. "Rockin' The Mahalia!" promises to be "the hottest concert of the summer" with a reception and silent auction at 6:30 pm followed by showtime at 8pm. Celebrity emcees Angela Hill and Margaret Orr will be joined by hostess Nicki Reyes. Concert goers will be treated to the talents of Charmaine Neville, Cynthia Owen, Germaine Bazzle, Kris Shaw, The Cast of Sophisticated Ladies, Bryan Batt, Al Hirt, The Gospel Soul Children, Kim Prevost, Michael Chase and more in this star studded extravaganza.

Ticket proceeds benefit NO/AIDS Task Force and Project Lazarus and are available through TicketMaster @504.522.5555. For more info call 504.834.SHOW[7469] or visit www.artistsagainstaids.org.

Corporate sponsors also include Metro Bank, WB38, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, Planet Hollywood and Magic 101.9.

NO/AIDS Walk is the annual fund-raiser for NO/AIDS Task Force and various HIV/AIDS service organizations throughout Louisiana. The '97 event is set for Sunday, September 14, 8am, Audubon Park. Ambush has supported the Walk as a corporate sponsor for the past 7 years. The Walk is expected to raise over $200,000 this year.

Personally, we host our annual anniversary party in August asking guests, in lieu of gifts, to sponsor Rip in the Walk each year. Magnolia Cotillion [MC] has raised over $41,000 for this most important event for the past 6 years. We hope MC XXIII will continue the tradition with the help of all our friends, clients and associates.

Call the NO/AIDS Task Force for more info at 504.945.4000 or visit www.crescentcity.com/noaids/.

Pride Fest '97 is scheduled to begin on National Coming Out Day, Saturday, Oct. 11 and run through Sunday, Oct. 12 at Washington Square Park in the Marigny. Ambush has chosen to support Pride as a corporate sponsor for the second year due to Pride's policy of inclusiveness. The Pride Board has made great strides bringing the entire GLBT community together celebrating its diversity. Other sponsors include Absolut Vodka, Alternative Apparel Company, Fashion Cafe/New Orleans and Wood Enterprises. For more info call the Pride Line at 504.949.9555 or visit www.gayneworleans.com/pride/.

Halloween is the annual blow- out benefiting Project Lazarus, and this XIV event is set for Oct. 30-Nov. 2. "Circus Eroticus: The Greatest Halloween on Earth" will bring in over 5,000 revelers which should raise over $250,000 for Lazarus.

Thursday, Oct. 30 features a semiformal dinner and silent auction at St. Elizabeth's Orphanage, now the home of Anne Rice and her famous doll museum with dinner and open bar for $75.

Friday, Oct. 31 brings revelers to a high energy dance party with Miami D.J. Rick Mitchell walking distance from the French Quarter for $25.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 10am-4pm, is the big night at the Municipal Auditorium adjacent to the French Quarter in Armstrong Park with "Circus Eroticus: The Greatest Halloween on Earth!" In the main ring, Miami D.J. and Ring Master David Knapp presides over 5,000 costumed revelers including the largest display of strong men and bearded ladies ever assembled. Among the featured side shows will be Halau, exotic Hawaiian dancers and snake charmers to titillate you with much more to come at $40 with open bar, costume required.

Sunday, Nov. 2 is Sunday Brunch Extravaganza at Washington Square Park, located outside and within easy walking distance of the French Quarter [corner of Royal and Frenchmen Streets]. Southern hospitality abounds at this traditional gospel-jazz brunch. This tented outdoor event is a festive treat featuring local cuisine and free-flowing cocktails at $25.

Weekend passes may be purchased in advance. Phone 504.945.5546, fax 504.945.5326, mail Halloween XIV, PO Box 52171, New Orleans, LA 70152-2171 or visit www.halloweenneworleans.com.

GAA is scheduled for Novem- ber again this year. The 11th Annual Gay Appreciation Awards show promises to be an exciting extravaganza of entertainment under the direction of stage great Lisa Beaumann.

The GAA Board has decided to place the Nominee Ballot in the Southern Decadence issue of AMBUSH Mag 2000 due out Friday, August 29. Ballots may be mailed to or dropped off at Ambush, 828-A Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70116-3137.

Public voting this year will take place at Pride Fest Oct. 11 and 12 in Washington Square Park, New Orleans, at the Ambush booth. The "top 5" nominees in each category will be on the ballot. This venue will allow the largest number of people access to vote.

Profits from the '97 awards show will benefit the Louisiana Breast Cancer Task Force and Shelter Resources [Belle Reve/Belle Esprit].

GAA board members include Lisa Beaumann, Sonny Cleveland, Teryl-Lynn Foxx, Mickey Gil, Connie Marcelle, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain and Toni Pizanie. Members of the board are not eligible as award nominees.

If your business or organization is interested in corporate sponsorship please contact Toni Pizanie at 504.947.1060.

For more info, call 504.522.8049, write GAA, 828-A Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70116-3137 or visit www.ambushmag.com/gaa/.

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