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Charlottesville Drag Pageant Raises Money for AIDS-HIV Services

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Part of the challenge for the contestants was to encourage people to get tested for HIV and AIDS. Part of the challenge for the contestants was to encourage people to get tested for HIV and AIDS.

The annual Miss Red Ribbon pageant was held at Live Arts in Charlottesville Sunday night.

The drag queens for Sunday's event spent hours getting ready and doing their makeup.

The event raises money to support the Charlottesville AIDS-HIV services group.

Last year's pageant brought in more than $4,000.

"Drag performers were the very first advocates, the very first fundraiser's, so when Charlottesville recognized how much they had done both for the AIDS-HIV services group and the community in general we decided this was our thank you to them," said Peter DeMartino, of the AIDS-HIV services group.

Part of the challenge for the contestants was to encourage people to get tested for HIV and AIDS.

They were able to get 36 people tested.

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