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Allies Ball and Free for All

Date: Saturday, May 21st, 2022
VIP Dinner and Reception: Children's Museum, 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Free for All: Nova Place, 100 South Commons, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Event Architect: Thommy Conroy

About the Allies Ball and Free for All

The Allies Ball will feature an elegant under-the-stars cocktail reception outside the Children’s Museum, with entertainment and the presentation of the Kerry Stoner Award. The Kerry Stoner Award is presented annually to honor a person who has shown commitment to Stoner’s legacy and vision. Stoner, a tireless HIV/AIDS activist who died of complications from AIDS in 1993, was a founder and the first executive director of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, now Allies for Health + Wellbeing. After a unique dining experience in multiple themed dining rooms, guests will stroll to the Free for All at Nova Place. Free for All is an event that is just that: fun-loving free fun for all who attend, with entertainment to be announced and music by DJ Dadtime.


About the Bright Young Things

The 2022 Allies Ball pays homage to the 1920s and ‘30s era creative genius of British photographer and artist Sir Cecil Beaton. Beaton was best known for his elegant, imaginative photos of high society, particularly of the young socialites who became known as the Bright Young Things. The Bright Young Things, which included novelists Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh, were known for throwing extravagant “fancy dress” parties and having scavenger hunts through nighttime London.

About Allies for Health + Wellbeing

To improve health and wellbeing, Allies for Health + Wellbeing (formerly the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force) provides integrated medical care, supportive human services and community-based education for individuals living with, or at risk of HIV, viral hepatitis or sexually transmitted infections. Building on three decades of experience, Allies provides the region’s most comprehensive treatment and support for HIV-positive individuals, as well as primary and specialty medical care for the community regardless of HIV status.

Bright Young People

Allies for Health + Wellbeing, through its annual Allies Ball and Free For All, is seeking nominations for Bright Young People who are moving the conversation in Pittsburgh forward, particularly when it comes to equity and inclusion. The Bright Young People are already outstanding in their fields, their communities, and are making a difference. Nominations for Bright Young People can come from the individuals themselves, or they can be nominated by someone. The Bright Young People will act as hosts for the Free For All event on Saturday, May 21, 2022. To promote and explain the theme of the event, which was inspired by the work of Cecil Beaton and the “Bright Young Things” of the 1920s and 30s, the Bright Young People will take part in a photoshoot where they are styled in “fancy dress.” These photos will be used to promote the event and will give attendees an idea of how they should dress for the Allies Ball. The Bright Young People will be guests at the Allies Ball itself and will be a prominent part of the Free For All festivities.

To nominate the Bright Young People, please download this(opens in a new tab) form, fill it out, and e-mail the filled form to Mary Beth Wyko.