The 7th Annual Red Pump Red Tie Affair proved to be it’s best yet attracting over 200 guests to its new location at UNC Charlotte Center City. The event included live music, light bites, a silent auction, social media lounge and the highly anticipated fashion show.
Rhythmic and soulful singer Eliah performed original music and classic holiday songs for guests during the pre-event cocktail reception while guests greeted each other, posed for pictures on the red carpet and shared photos in the social media lounge.
Notable guests in attendance included popular bloggers, media personalities and fashion industry insiders. Mayor Jennifer Roberts stopped by to show her support as well as socialites and philanthropists Herb and Felicia Gray.
After cocktails guests made their way upstairs to their seats where singer/songwriter Keeyen Martin performed his original music.
Hannah Stutts was honored as the recipient of the 2015 Red Pump Award. Stutts, a Community-based Testing Grant Coordinator with the Mecklenburg County Health Department, was honored for her HIV advocacy. She currently serves as a member of the North Carolina HIV Prevention and Care Advisory Council and the Mecklenburg County HIV Council, as well as the Mecklenburg County Diversity Council.
Last year’s Red Pump Award honoree Revered Debbie Warren of RAIN presented the award to Stutts who charmed the crowd with her humor and delightful spirit. Emmy award-winning spoken word artist Bluz presented Stutts with a poem honoring her work and achievements.
Backstage, Red Pump Red Tie Beauty Director Michelle Diane and her team prepared the final touches for the fashion show.
Known as one of the most stylish philanthropic events of the year, the Red Pump Red Tie Affair raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. The affair also honors a prominent female leader for her individual efforts to raise awareness and education in the community with the coveted “Red Pump” Award.