The Cherry Fund Embarks on 18th Year of Celebration and Service
with “Nova”, April 16–19, 2015
Annual Dance Event Capitalizes on Momentum of One Million Dollar Fundraising Achievement
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Cherry Fund kicks off a dynamic weekend of club events and performances to support HIV/AIDS services and LGBT youth advocacy on April 16, 2015. This year’s sci-fi theme, “Nova,” brings an explosive set of events to reawaken the District’s nightlife community. Cherry will play host to some of the most progressive DJs in the international dance music scene, including DJs Tom Stephan from the United Kingdom and Isaac Escalante from Mexico. Each year, Cherry rallies hundreds of motivated party goers who choose to participate in the weekend’s festivities to support an important cause.
Set among the District’s blooming cherry blossoms and the vibrant renaissance of the nation’s capital, Cherry will feature an explosion of heavy beats and special effects, with a focus on the tribal house and tech music genres. Both the iconic Howard Theatre and Flash, the city’s newest state-of-the-art clubbing experience, will play host to this year’s Cherry events.
“Cherry is much more than a series of fun parties,” remarked Allen Sexton, Cherry president. “Just by coming out to enjoy themselves, we unify thousands of people as partners to strengthen efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS. We couldn’t be more excited to spearhead another year of celebration for good, after having passed the one million-dollar fundraising mark in 2014.” Through the efforts of Cherry and other key partners, the District experienced a 35 percent reduction in newly diagnosed cases of AIDS between 2008 and 2012, as well as a 36 percent reduction in deaths among persons with HIV during this time period.
“With a strong legacy propelling us forward, this year’s events are sure to be extraordinary,” asserted Kurt Graves, Cherry vice president. “What we’re finding most exciting is the effort we’ve made to inspire attendance among a new generation of party goers.” This year Cherry offers a Next Generation Pass to attendees between the ages of 21 and 25. This $60 pass carries all of the perks of the conventional Weekend Pass (“Early Bird” savings before Feb. 15 $75, $100 after), and will motivate a younger set of dance music enthusiasts to experience Cherry.
In 2014, Cherry donated $12,000 to area organizations that lead the region’s efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and advocate for LGBT youth.
Sequence of Cherry’s “Nova” Events and Featured DJs
- “Thrust” (kick-off party) at Cobalt: Thursday, April 16, 10pm, featuring DJ Brian ‘Serving’ Ovahness
- “Gravity” at The Howard Theatre: Friday, April 17, 10pm, featuring DJ PAULO and DJ TWiN
- “Moodonna” (daytime event) at Town Danceboutique: Saturday, April 18, 2pm, featuring DJ Joe Gauthreaux to celebrate Dr. Moody Mustafa, Cherry president emeritus
- “Red Planet” at Town Danceboutique: Saturday, April 18, 10pm, featuring DJ Tom Stephan and DJ Mike Reimer
- “Eclipse” (after hours party) at Tropicalia: Sunday, April 19, 3:30am, featuring DJ Isaac Escalante and DJ Delvis Gonzalez
- “Supernova” at Flash: Sunday, April 19, 9pm, featuring DJ BennyK and DJ Sean Morris
About The Cherry Fund
The Cherry Fund, one of the nation’s oldest all-volunteer charity dance events, is an independent not-for-profit organization that serves as the spark to ignite the passion of the dance music community for a greater good in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1997, Cherry actively raises funds to support HIV/AIDS awareness and LGBT youth advocacy via charity dance events. Tax ID 52-2139599.
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