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Friday September 5, 2008 at Midnight

Chippendales Theatre at the Rio Hotel 3700 W Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada

Protect and Defend Logo On Friday September 5, 2008 at Midnight, Protect and Defend will host, "READY, WILLING & ABLE: FIRE, POLICE & MILITARY PERSONNEL CHARITY AUCTION" for the GLBT Community. The show is being hosted at Chippendales Theatre located at the Rio Hotel, 3700 Flamingo Road, in Las Vegas.

Over 50 Members of the Fire, Police and Military community, from as far as New York to San Diego, will come out to support the gay and lesbian community of Las Vegas. Tickets are $10.00. Members of police, fire and military agencies with ID can purchase tickets for $5.00. All proceeds to benefit the non-profit charities "Golden Rainbow" and "Protect and Defend".

Along with various guest performances from local Las Vegas entertainers, the highlight of the event will be a "bachelor" auction of Fire, Police & Military personnel. The audience will get to bid on the opportunity to have a date with various members of the Fire, Police & Military community, including a dinner and tickets to a Las Vegas production show. (For the security and privacy of all involved, cameras will not be allowed into the show.)

Protect and Defend is a nonprofit support organization for gay and lesbian peace officers, firefighters, EMS workers and service members. Chartered in 2006, the group hosts fundraisers for charities throughout California and Nevada that cater towards the gay and lesbian community. Protect and Defend has an interactive website for its membership and the general public, has a peer support group and offers many benefits to its membership such as a death benefit for partners and much more. Protect and Defend has members in 18 states throughout the country, partnering with gay and lesbian police and fire associations throughout the United States. They also host the Party in the Desert, an international party of public safety, military members from throughout the world.

Throughout the weekend members from Protect and Defend will be wearing social passes and organization t shirts that have their name and eligibility status.

To find out more about the "Ready, Willing and Able" weekend or where the cops, firefighters and military members will be all weekend, check out our website at: www.protectanddefend.org , for more details. Golden Rainbow is a non-profit organization founded in 1987. The charity provides housing and financial assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Southern Nevada area.

Golden Rainbow is a grass roots organization, founded by members of the entertainment industry who saw the need to provide housing for people with HIV/AIDS. Their annual entertainment based fundraiser, "Ribbon of Life", has become the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in Nevada.

"READY, WILLING & ABLE" is proud to announce Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino as our official corporate sponsor for this event.

Press/Media related questions or members of public safety or military related professions who wish to attend this event or join Protect and Defend should call our 24 hour voice mail at (213) 403-0405. Media related questions and media packets can be obtained by e mail to events@protectanddefend.org (Attn Rich Ridgeway)


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