Cherry 2011, the annual charity dance event hosted by the Cherry Fund, begins Thursday and continues through next weekend with parties and other events every day.
The Cherry Fund is a non-profit organization with the sole purpose to raise funds for the HIV/AIDS service community with beneficiaries such as Whitman-Walker Clinic, Mautner Project, Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League and more.
The party kicks off with an event at Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with DJ Nick Centrik Purcell, where passes will be for sale. Afterwards, there’s Ignition at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. with DJs Randy Betties and Jason Horswill.
Friday’s events begin at 2 p.m. with another pass pick-up and an evening of fashion with local designer Andrew Nowell at Caramel Boutique (1603 U St., N.W.). There will be an auction during Bear Happy Hour at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) with DJ Bandit and D.C. Bear Crue from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Momentum party at Apex (1415 22nd St., N.W.) with Ms. Foozie as the hostess and DJs Alyson Calagna and Steve Henderson starts at 10 p.m. There is a $15 cover for this party.
Saturday brings the main event at Town from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. with DJs Oscar G, BennyK and Wess and performances by Macaviti and the Ladies of Town. Tickets for this event are $20.
The main event is followed by an after-hours party at Fur (33 Patterson St., N.E.) with DJ Peter Rauhofer and opening DJ Timothy Mykael. Tickets for this party are $45.
Sunday continues with a tea dance at Cobalt from noon to 4 p.m. with DJ Mike Reimer and Level One is hosting the Cherry Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by reservation only at opentable.com. There is a $5 cover for the tea dance and the brunch is $20.11.
Cherry ends with Ovation at Ultrabar (911 F St., N.W.) with DJs Stephan Grondin and Sin Morera from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets for this party are $20.
There are also some sanctioned events that will be happening the same time as Cherry events.
Lace (2214 Rhode Island Ave., N.E.) is hosting a party for the ladies, Blossom, with DJ Ron on Friday at 7 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
The second annual Big Cherry Block Party is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Silver Spring (916 Ellsworth Drive).
Moody Ga Ga with DJ Joe Gauthreaux is on Saturday at Town from 2 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 for this event.
Code D.C. presented by David Merrill and Jacob Pring is also on Saturday at Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. There is a $10 cover for this event.
All tickets must be purchased in advance online at boxofficetickets.com/cherry. A VIP Host Pass is available for $100 and includes admission to five events. Sanctioned events are not included in the Host Pass. For more information, visit cherryfund.org