Hope & Help ditches the headdress for its annual gala

By : Melanie Ararat
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ABOVE: Hope & Help’s Headdress Ball from 2017. Photo by J.D. Casto

ORLANDO | After 28 years as the Headdress Ball, Hope & Help has changed the name of its signature event to the Hope & Help Gala.

The 29th annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser will be at the Rosen Centre Hotel on International Dr. in Orlando Sept. 8, and it will not solely focus on HIV/AIDS prevention.

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The Last Page with Business Manager Kathleen Harper

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Watermark and Kathleen are a match that almost never was. Although she gave a spectacular interview, Kathleen was originally passed up for the position of administrative assistant.

Luckily for Watermark, the first hire didn’t work out. We knew immediately after that Kathleen was the right person for the job and did not open the position back up.

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Hope & Help’s 28th Annual Headdress Ball was pure “Imaginarium”

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Attendees let their “Imaginarium” run wild as they pulled out some of the most amazing, elaborate outfits ever for Hope & Help’s 28th Annual Headdress Ball Sept. 23.

The evening’s Steampunk theme left the Marriot World Center in Orlando filled with an fashionable blend of industrial age meets science fiction-inspired costumes filled with gears, gadgets and goggles that seemed to blend the worlds of Wicked, Wonderland and Mad Max.

Want to see what we mean, check out the stunning photos from last Saturday’s event.

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Hope & Help move into new facility, prepare for annual Headdress Ball

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ORLANDO | Hope & Help opened up shop in a brand new location Aug. 1, with the launch of their new and improved website to follow shortly, all less than two months before their biggest charity event of the year, the annual Headdress Ball.

The non-profit organization, which opened in 1988, is now located at 707 Mendham Blvd in Orlando, and is Central Florida’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS testing, education and care center.

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From Headdress with Love

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Hope and Help’s 27th Annual Headdress Ball was a huge success in their new home at the Marriott Orlando World Center Sept. 17, as they raised a record setting $356,000.

The massive ballroom looked like the circus rolled into town with acrobats, dancers and drag queens entertaining at every turn. 

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Orlando’s Overheard: Survivor tree, Headdress Ball and the OneOrlando Fund

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Tree of life

The healing process after a loss is much like a tree: It’s fragile at the start, but with tender care, eventually the roots will take hold, allowing the tree the opportunity to grow, to weather storms and thrive. This is why, when the World Trade Center collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, due to terrorist attacks, the care that came for one lonely surviving pear tree became a thing. Now, standing tall at the WTC memorial plaza and proudly flourishing, this tree became a symbol of hope and healing for many. Which is why, the Survivor Tree Seedling Program came about. Each year the 9/11 Memorial gives seedlings to three communities that have endured tragedies in recent years.

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Love Headdress Ball 2016

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LOVE is in the air! Orlando’s most outrageous black tie event is back. Headdress Ball 2016 travels to the beautiful Marriott World Center in Orlando, Florida. Join us Septempber 17th, 2016 for a truly unique gala experience. Headdress Ball is a feast for the senses.

Headdress Ball 2015 raises $325,000 for Hope and Help

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Headdress Ball 2015 is in the books.

Here’s the press release from Hope and Help: 

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Headdress Ball 25

By : Jake Stevens
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Hope & Help Center’s Headdress Ball celebrated 25 years in a big way on Sept. 20, raising more than $640,000 for the HIV/AIDS charity. Fabulous entertainment, over-the-top art and a performance by Debbie Gibson helped make the black-tie gala one for the record books.

Check out tons of great photos after the jump!

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Headdress Ball 25: Legendary Program

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This year, Watermark had the very distinct honor of creating the program for Headdress Ball 25: Legendary. This book was distributed to attendees at Headdress Ball.

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Issue 21.19: 20 Amazing Years

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20 Amazing Years: On Watermark’s anniversary, founder Tom Dyer reflects on two transforming decades. Also: Local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events, and much, much more!

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Overheard in Orlando: Cloudy with a chance of ‘Twerkin’ in the Rain’

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Todrick Hall twerks his way on stage
YouTube sensation, singer and entertainer Todrick Hall had the crowd twerking with him as he performed at Hard Rock Live for his Twerk Du Soleil tour on July 18. The American Idol season 9 alum has also appeared on Broadway and worked as Beyonce’s choreographer. What he’s best known for today, however, are his Disney-themed parodies on YouTube and target flash mobs. Hall brought those videos to life on stage with “Beauty and the Beat,” in which Belle gets her hair done in the hood, and “Once Upon a Grime,” with his Judge Judy impersonation as Disney characters appear in court. Of course his big hit, “Twerking in the Rain,” was the big crowd-pleaser.

Sayonara Sassy
P-House show girl Sassy Devine will say farewell Aug. 9. Sassy has been a cast member of the Footlight Theater for the last 8 years and has certainly left a mark as one of Orlando’s sexiest and most genuine performers. Sassy may now focus on her true passion: art and interior design. Aside from her on-stage persona, she’s also known in the community as an accomplished artist with several local art shows under her belt. Sassy is leaving on extremely good terms with the world famous LGBT resort and has been advised by the owners that she’s more than welcome to return anytime.

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