When red hearts and cupids start showing up in downtown windows, party-goers know it's time for Kelley Hunt and the Douglas County AIDS Project to set their sights on their annual fund-raising bash.
``A Celebration of Life,'' a Valentine's Day party to raise money for the Douglas County AIDS Project, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Hall, 644. DJ Z will open the night, followed by a concert by the Kelley Hunt Band at 9 p.m.
Fourteen door prizes will be given away, and a photographer will be on hand to take pictures.
``Whether you're single or attached, young or old, gay or straight, everyone can come out and have a good time,'' Sara Collas, the event's coordinator, said.
This is the eighth year Hunt has been involved in the fund-raiser.
``We can't tell you what a pleasure it is to be a part of this important event again this year. We're celebrating the wonderful diversity of Lawrence, the value of each and every member of the community and our determination that with everyone's help the fight against AIDS is one we're sure to win,'' Hunt said.
``We want everyone in Lawrence to come out and truly help us make music the great healing force.''
Collas is grateful for Hunt's support.
``Kelley Hunt is one of the best musicians around,'' she said. ``We are proud to have her as the highlight of the evening.''
Hunt, a Lawrence resident, is a singer-songwriter-pianist who tours throughout the country, performing at blues festivals and other venues. She is known for her bluesy vocals and boogie-woogie piano playing.
Organizers of the benefit hope to raise $3,500. April Ramos, executive director of Douglas County AIDS Project, said the proceeds will go into the agency's general operating fund and then be used to pay for client services, education efforts to prevent the spread of HIV and the agency's operation.
Tickets are available at the Liberty Hall Box Office and the Douglas County AIDS Project office or by calling 843-0040.