The AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County, commemorating 25 years of fighting the insidious disease, recently held what organizers called "The Red Ball 1985" in Laguna Beach, which raised $300,000 for the foundation. More than 400 guests converged on the property known as The Festival of Arts for a sunset cocktail reception, auction and dinner catered by Mark's of Laguna Beach. Maria Marquez, president of the board of directors, welcomed the upbeat crowd. It included a host of celebrity guests, including Emmy Award-winning comedian Leslie Jordan, who had the crowd in hysterics with his standup routine.
While partygoers dined on a pear salad and an entrée of filet medallions, donors checked out the silent auction prior to an after dinner video that outlined the progress of the foundation since its founding in 1985 by a handful of volunteers in the community. Today the AIDS Services Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit provider of services in Orange County for people affected by HIV/AIDS.