Chicago Takes Off Kickoff Event on December 5

Thirteen bar staff throughout
Chicago competed for the title
of “Chicago’s Sexiest,”
in Test Positive Aware Network’s (TPAN)
 Bar-lesque fundraising event and online
strip-a-thon which took place throughout November. 

Bars competing in the competition included Angelina Ristorante, Atmosphere, The Call, Cell Block, Cocktail, Hydrate, Jackhammer, Minibar, Roscoe’s, Sidetrack, Spin, Touche, and the Velvet Rope.  In total, the bars and contestants raised a total of $21,305 to support TPAN’s HIV/AIDS programs and services.

The winner will be crowned at the official kickoff extravaganza for Chicago Takes Off to be held Sunday, December 5 at 4 p.m. at Scarlet Bar, located at 3320 N. Halsted. 

“In its third year, we’re delighted to raise an amazing amount of money for TPAN,” said Dan Paterno, co-chair of the events. “We truly value the fundraising efforts of everyone who’s been involved with Bar-lesque this year and the volunteers who have put so much time and effort into the events.”

The online competition ended  at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30 with one winner cinching the title, a mere $360 more than the second place contestant.  TPAN has announced that the Web site, BAR LESQUE , will re-launch on Monday, December 6 to give donors an opportunity to contribute end of the year donations and continue supporting their favorite bar staff.

            Chicago Takes Off: Lido des Boyz

Sunday’s crowning and Chicago Takes Off kickoff event will feature statuesque performers in themed regalia to launch ticket and raffle sales for the main event, which will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 in two shows, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., at the Park West.

In its fifth year, the Chicago Takes Off theme is “LIDO des Boyz,” which is sure to tease audiences with the enchantment and exhilaration of Paris’s famed Lido Cabaret, all in support of TPAN’s mission of providing HIV/AIDS programs and services.  Macy’s has joined the 2011 spring event as the presenting sponsor. 

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