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"Rat Pack" Party to Benefit Midland/Odessa Aids support

The Midland/Odessa Area Aids Support, inc. (maas) announces a charity benefit event, the “Rat Pack Casino Party”
MIDLAND -- The Midland/Odessa Area Aids Support, inc. (MAAS) announces a charity benefit event, the “Rat Pack Casino Party” to be held Saturday, October 12th on the rooftop of the Fasken Building at 500 W. Texas in Midland. cocktails and dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7:45 pm for sponsors followed by Vegas style casino games of chance, silent and live auctions, as well as cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts for both sponsors and general admission attendees from 8PM to midnight.The event will also feature musical entertainment by the “Rat Pack is Back” from Broadway in New York City presenting tunes made popular by the original Las Vegas show starring Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. For information about sponsorships and general admission tickets, visit the MAAS website at www.ribbonsoflight.org. To purchase tickets, call 432-684-7821 and ask for the MAAS office or ext. 123.

MAAS was established in 1991 as a non-profit organization responding to the issue of HIV/AIDS with educational and supportive services in the Permian Basin area. MAAS benefits HIV/AIDS prevention education classes, individual counseling and support, HIV/AIDS/STD testing assistance, people living with HIV/AIDS with financial benevolent assistance upon extreme need, weekly support groups,monthly client socials, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with gifts, a World Aids day worship service, an annual client workshop and numerous other services. Judy Warren, MAAS founder and Executive Director, said “we are so excited to have the “Rat Pack is back” here and, along with our casino, we will provide a cool Las Vegas theme with a 60’s vibe on the top of the Faskin Building. This is our major fundraiser for the year and we are hoping for a sell-out crowd.” Warren, who changed her whole focus on life after her brother, Larry Yates, died as a result of contracting HIV/AIDS, is committed through MAAS and its volunteers, to spreading the word about this preventable disease. She received the National Jefferson Award from the city of Midland in 2004 for outstanding public service. The city of Midland also named her in 2004 as “an unsung hero”.
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