The annual Atlanta Cotillion has, since its inception in 1997, raised an impressive $1.3 million for AID Atlanta. However, event organizers are steering the event in a new and exciting direction this year. The night’s fundraising goals will be no different, but the event itself is changing to represent a new wave of cotillion — which this year is themed Cirque de Nuit en Rouge.
Not only does Atlanta Cotillion raise vital funds that are needed for AID Atlanta’s work throughout the year, but it is one of the best parties in the Atlanta gay community. In fact, the Atlanta Cotillion is one of this city’s largest early summertime events (this year it will take place on June 21,the first day of summer).
Originally, the Cotillion was centered around a debutante ball featuring a pageant as a nod to Atlanta’s rich Southern traditions. Each contestant would raise funds individually and everyone would come together at the end for the ball. However, the last queen was crowned in 2012. Since then the cotillion has changed its focus to be more about the fashion-forward event itself. It’s a change growing to new dimensions with this year’s Cotillion that’s even evident in the name: Atlanta Cotillion Presents. This year they’re bringing us the theme Cirque de Nuit en Rouge – circus of the night in red.
“This will be a new wave of Cotillion,” David Janke, chairperson of the 2014 Atlanta Cotillion Presents, explains. Janke, who was also crowned queen at the 2012 Cotillion and therefore still reigns, is very excited about this year’s party. “By transforming the event into Cirque de Nuit en Rouge, we want to make the event more inclusive and at the same time bigger, bolder and better,” Janke says.
The wonderful evening will take place at the newly renovated Delta Flight Museum. Renovations are actually scheduled to conclude right before the cotillion party begins. Cirque de Nuit en Rouge will be the updated venue’s maiden event.
With all of the changes what should guests wear to this year’s event? “We wanted to get a wider range in the community and make this a fun, fashion-forward inspired event where there really are no limits to what you wear,” Janke tells FENUXE and continues, “That also translates into if you don’t want to wear a big costume, you can wear your tuxedo or show up in a fabulous cocktail dress. We want to reach not only the gay community but wider than that. We want to be all-inclusive and let everybody be part of this fresh, fun phase of the Cotillion – a fashion-forward avant-garde bang of an evening!” So dress up in your most outrageously creative costume or show up in your black-tie best – there really is no limit to what you can imagine, create and wear to the event.
Guests can also look forward to a night filled with amazing and talented performers. Both on-stage and happening right in the crowd there will be performances that are sure to wow and thrill guests. Additionally, Janke teases that a very well-known DJ will be setting the musical backdrop for the night. Mix in complimentary cocktails from Svedka Vodka and Trianon Tequila with a delicious selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres and this party is sounding tasty.
This fabulous ball will also feature a silent auction with fantastic and unique items that will appeal to bidders on all levels and exclusive areas for VIP and Host level ticket holders. This night will no doubt be one remembered for years to come so start planning your avant-garde outfit (and remember group themed costumes are encouraged), and don’t forget to visit atlantacotillon.com for your ticket to the Atlanta Cotillion – now bigger, better and bolder than ever!