Joining Hearts flirted with 30 and celebrated three decades of raising money to fight HIV by hosting its annual pool party on Saturday – the sea of sexy that is the highlight of gay Atlanta's swimsuit season.
Joining Hearts 30 – titled "Flirt" – was powered by DJs Grind and Joe Gauthreaux and served up the pinnacle of a weekend that opened Friday with DJ Eddie Martinez at Heretic, included a Get Pumped Pre-Party at Equilibrium on Saturday morning, the official after party at Ten with DJs Rob Reum and Daryl Cox, DJ Tony Moran at Jungle late Saturday and DJ Isaac Escalante at Xion.
"Flirt" on Saturday boasted of a sold-out crowd for the night of music and fireworks. Just like 2016 and the year before that.
Joining Hearts raises funds for HIV charities through the pool party and other events during the year, including a margarita bust, Love on the Rocks, the Pride Run, a Memorial Day Weekend bash and even Thanksgiving Eve.
Last year, the group shifted gears to expand its mission to fight HIV head on and donated $193,662 to eight agencies – AID Atlanta ($22,500), Jerusalem House ($66,496), Living Room ($58,000), Positive Impact ($5,000), Grady IDP ($5,000), Action Cycling Atlanta ($2,500), Open Hand Atlanta ($14,166) and Lost N Found Youth ($15,000).
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