Bear-B-Q hunks kick off Ready 4 Hope at Heretic

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Hundreds of gay men partied with a purpose on Saturday, cocktails and barbecue in hand, and raised more than $10,000 for the fight against HIV.

Ready 4 Hope kicked off its season of fundraising for AID Atlanta with its 3rd Annual Patio Bear-B-Q at Heretic. And event organizer Mike Woodside, still crunching the numbers, said it was a rousing success.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!!! What an amazing day!! I can't even put into words to describe how grateful Ready 4 Hope is of the support we received today at the Bear B Q. AMAZING! Ruby Redd put into perfect words, “We aren't a community unless we come together as community.” That's exactly what we did today. There was a PARTY…there was a PURPOSE…. and you all came out to support that and it was a HUGE SUCCESS.

I can't give an exact total now because we still have to figure out a few totals with the kegs but…..I will say that I am HONORED…along with the rest of the R4H team, that we made so much more than last year! Our estimates as of now….. WE, as a COMMUNITY, raised over $10,000 in one day for AID Atlanta! Seriously!!!!! Over 600 friends came to our event today….you supported our cause…you bought 50/50 raffle tickets…you participated in the photo project….you enjoyed the BBQ and desserts…you participated in the contest…..you had a great time with the music and friends….YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE TO SO MANY LIVES. Thank you. This is why we call it a PARTY WITH A PURPOSE!

Ruby Redd emceed while DJ Robert Ansley provided beats for the event, which stretched outside Heretic's dance floor to a covered parking lot playground. The event was part of Atlanta Bear Pride, a weekend of parties, brunch and more in gay Atlanta. 

Last year, Ready 4 Hope donated more than $51,000 thanks to a slate of events, a pool party and an entire weekend of fun. The amount set the record for the most from any team taking part in AIDS Walk Atlanta.

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