The 4th Annual BEST IN DRAG SHOW benefited Aid for AIDS

(Kathy Griffin during arrivals. Photo by Oliver Carnay)

The 4th annual Best in Drag Show -- the daring, outrageous beauty pageanta where contestants compete for "top dog" title in front of celebrity judges. The fundraiser event which benefited Aid For AIDS, returned to the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre with its humor, sequins, and heart this last Sunday, October 22, 2006.

Among celebrities who attended, and some acted as judges, were Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”), Melinda Clarke (“The O.C.”), JENNIFER COOLIDGE (“Joey”), ERIC DANE (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Peter Gallagher (“The O.C.”), REBECCA GAYHEART (“Vanished”), Niecy Nash (“Reno 911”), Charlie Sheen (“Two and a Half Men”), and Kathy Griffin (in her fourth year of opening the show).

Aid For AIDS (AFA), one of the oldest AIDS organizations in the U.S. is a resilient non-profit founded by a group of friends over 22 years ago. It has grown into the premier service provider of direct financial assistance to individuals and families living below the poverty line and disabled by HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County . Over 20 major agencies refer clients to the organization. AFA clients are physically, socially and financially unprotected and represent disabled individuals who are most at-risk of falling through the governmental safety net. Services help "bridge the gap" of economic changes due to a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and the receipt of long-term governmental financial and medical benefits. The programs are intended to be short-term or supplemental, and services include assistance paying for housing expenses, monthly utility costs, dietary supplements, and home-delivered fresh groceries.

AFA's goals are to prevent homelessness and hunger by promoting self-sufficiency and independence - and the services are designed to empower clients so they can achieve and maintain a positive quality of life. Since its inception, AFA has touched the lives of more than 13,500 men, women, and children, and the need continues.