Schimmoeller said 804 Building was perfect for the event, which will feature a first-floor labyrinth maze set up with elements that pay homage to the video game movie “Tron” and a list of games that includes Candy Land.
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The second floor will hold a dance floor and stage for performance by the Rubi Girls, a comedy dance troupe, and Transylvanian Convention, a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” group.
The building’s owners support Equitas mission and were on board to help create a unique experience, Schimmoeller said.
“It is very cool. It is definitely that warehouse party feel, and it is a convenient location,” he added.
Masquerage is one of Equitas’ largest annual fundraisers.
Since its inception in 2002, the event has raised more than $1.5 million.
Masquerage 2018 aka Dayton's "Party of Parties" was held this weekend on Friday, Oct. 26 at 111 E. Fifth St., the former site of the Dayton Greyhound Bus Station at Gilly’s. This year's theme was Rio Nights — inspired by the week-long Carnival festival held annually in Rio de Janeiro. Masquerage is Equitas Health’s annual fundraiser which helps to raise awareness and critical funds for HIV/AIDS medical care and treatment. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Credit: Tom Gilliam
Credit: Tom Gilliam
The event raises awareness and critical funds for HIV/AIDS medical care and treatment, HIV prevention (including PrEP), and a variety of other services like primary care, behavioral health counseling, and dental care — one the highest unmet needs for those living with HIV, organizers say.
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Costumes are encouraged and masks are required for the event.
Schimmoeller said he expects many people will comes dressed as characters from video and board games.
The theme was chosen by Equitas Health’s Dayton associate board and based partly on feedback from past party-goers who wanted a little more direction, Schimmoeller said.
“We wanted to give folks a theme that was broad while making sure that people could connect to it in a little way that is a little less ambiguous,” he said.
WANT TO GO?
What: Masquerage 2019: Push Play
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19
Where: 804 Building, 804 E. Monument Ave. in downtown Dayton.
Cost: General Admission tickets are $65. Admission to the Red Ribbon Lounge is $150 a person.
More info: masquerage.org or Masquerage Dayton's Facebook page