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For Immediate Release                                                                                                           Media Contact:

Jack Owens

President, Black & White Ball Committee

Cell: 775.771.8523



5th Annual Charity Gala Welcomes Celebrity Fashion Designer and HIV/AIDS Advocate- Jack Mackenroth, to Northern Nevada Benefit.


RENO NV, September 14th, 2009 -- The Premier Black Tie Charity Gala of the year- The Fifth Annual Black & White Ball of Northern Nevada returns to Downtown Reno on Saturday October 3rd from 6-11pm at Harrah’s Reno Convention Center.  This intimate star-studded affair for Northern Nevada HOPES and Northern Nevada Outreach Team, two of the leading HIV/AIDS service and prevention organizations in Northern Nevada raises money to help provide assistance to the over 1,000 Northern Nevadans living with HIV/AIDS as well as HIV prevention education and testing through out the community.


Headlining this year’s spectacular evening is Jack Mackenroth, Star of Project Runway and HIV/AIDS Advocate and Dr. Trudy Larson, Renowned HIV/AIDS Specialist.  Escalade and the Reno Dance Company will also be performing.


Featuring a silent auction, and the raffle of a classic 1978 Mercedes-Benz SL 450, over 350 guests are expected to attend.  In previous years over $30,000 has been raised by this event. 


"We have an outstanding line-up for this year's Black & White Ball. We're excited to welcome Jack Mackenroth- a world renowned fashion designer, HIV/AIDS Advocate and accomplished athlete to speak at our event and we're especially thrilled that given our nation’s economic situation so many people in our community have opened their hearts and wallets and committed to once again join us for this unforgettable evening," said Eddie Reynoso, Community Liaison for the Black & White Ball Committee. He explains that over 56,000 new infections occur nationally each year, which is roughly 40% more than the previous estimate of 40,000 according to the Centers for Disease Control.   “Jack’s national presence at our event helps bring much needed attention to the crisis, which is essential toward helping raise awareness and education in our community.”


The Black & White Ball is made possible thanks in part to the generous contributions of the following companies; Renown Health, Harrah’s of Reno, Sports Haus of Reno, Northern Nevada Outreach Team, Amerigroup Community Care, Remsa, Perinatal Associates of Northern Nevada, Northern Nevada HOPES and A Doggies Dream. Tickets for the dinner and ball are available for $75 and raffle tickets for $25, by calling Jack Owens at 775.771.8523.  Event sponsorships and donations for the silent auction are also being accepted.   All donations are 501(c) (3) deductible.  Images, graphics and additional information are available online at 


Editors Note: Jack Mackenroth is available for media interviews prior to the event. Contact Eddie Reynoso at 775.622.2797 or to schedule an interview.