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imageAIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta has the right idea for popular fundraisers: lots of wine and food tasting with auctions and celebrities to benefit the group’s ongoing efforts in the fight against HIV.

For more than 20 years, ARCA’s Uncork A Cure event has been not just a mainstay on gay Atlanta’s annual spring calendar, but the premiere see-and-be-seen wine party of the season.

imageThis year’s event at Foundry at Puritan Mill drew in hundreds of supporters with ARCA’s usual flair for celebrity guests and a festive atmosphere. The philosophy is simple: “Sip. Bid. Taste. Care.”

The idea attracted the likes of special guests India Hines and Jasmine Guy (second photo, l-r) mixing and mingling with attendees, like drag maven Bubba D. Licous in full drag regalia among more common folk, who lifted their glasses to another successful year of ARCA programming. ARCA conducts a variety of research year-round, including clinical trials for new drugs and vaccines to fight HIV, and free, anonymous, rapid HIV testing.

imageCelebrities, fun people to talk to and a good cause are all fine and good, but for the main attraction, more than 20 local restaurants, hundreds of wines and a drawing for two Delta Air Lines tickets—to anywhere in all 50 states, Mexico, Canada or the Caribbean—were also up for grabs.

Photos by Brent Corcoran, RNZ Photography

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