Red Dress Party San Diego – like other red dress parties in other cities – has a mission to raise funds and awareness for organizations that serve the local HIV community. The event is a night of music and dancing mixed with charity and fun, where all attendees – and we mean everyone – are required to wear a red dress, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. This serves as a powerful sign of solidarity and compassion for those of us affected by HIV and a way to unite the crowd in one radiant theme. Red Dress Party San Diego is a unique celebration that invites everyone to be brave, let loose, and celebrate impact.

This is important because San Diego County still lags behind the state and country in key measures related to combating HIV and AIDS:

  • It’s estimated that in San Diego County, a new person tests positive for HIV every 18 hours.
  • Approximately 9% of people living with HIV in San Diego County don’t know they have it.
  • Around 37% of people with HIV in San Diego County follow their care plan, lower than the approximately 43% of patients in California, and 50% of patients nationwide.

Although we have made huge strides in HIV prevention and treatment, there is still a great need for testing, counseling, and care.

Red Dress Party San Diego was founded and is presented by Think Red Project, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It’s mission is two-fold: to plan, promote and produce events that raise funds and awareness for the local HIV/AIDS community, as well as to activate a new generation of philanthropists, those who want to do something both feel-good and fun-loving. We are a group of concerned and engaged volunteers that are serious about fundraising and serious about fun.


Xrystal (they/them/theirs)
Board Member, Design & Creative, Events & Fundraising
Steven Shyne (he/him)
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Marketing & Events
Marvin Hanashiro (he/him)
Co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer, HIV/AIDS Activist
Vince Dwyer (he/him)
Board Member, Marketing & Events, Nightlife Liaison
Alicia Cafarelli (she/her)
Board Member, Community Management, Marketing & Events
Emma Brown (she/her)
Board Member, Creative & Photography
Alexx Davis (he/they)
Board Member, Volunteer Management
Think Red Project, Inc.
501(c)(3) nonprofit
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