Monday, June 1, 2009

This week, we’ll be giving away pairs of special VIP tickets to a few of the upcoming (RED)NIGHTS concerts – The Veronicas, Matisyahu, Santigold and Lisa Hannigan. It’s our VIP Sweepstakes where you can win tickets to a great show, and also have a chance to hangout with the band. (RED)NIGHTS is a concert series that saves lives. 26 incredible shows in the US to raise money and awareness about AIDS in Africa, a preventable and treatable disease.

Starting on Tuesday, June 2nd and running through this Friday, June 5th, we’ll be giving away these special VIP tickets on Facebook and Twitter to the following US-based shows:
How to enter:

The Sweepstakes are taking place on Facebook and Twitter only so you’ll need to Fan us or Follow us to participate.

On Twitter
  1. Starting on Tuesday 2nd through Friday 5th, we’ll be giving away a pair of VIP tickets to a (RED)NIGHTS show daily.
  2. Each day we’ll let you know what tickets we’ll be giving away on that day. You’ll have until 11:59 PST on that day to enter to win.
  3. To enter, make sure you are a follower of @joinred and then simply send us an @reply or just RT with the message for the day (it’ll be different each day). We’ll select a winner who'll get a pair of tickets from all the @reply Tweets and Re-Tweets we receive from the time we announce up until 11:59pm PST on that day.
On Facebook
  1. Starting today, we’ll announce a special event on Facebook for each of the 4 upcoming (RED)NIGHTS shows.
  2. You’ll need to be a Fan of (RED). Then simply RSVP to the (RED)NIGHTS event you’d be interested in attending. You’ll have until 11:59pm PST on Friday, June 5th to submit your RSVP.
  3. Each lucky winner receives a pair of VIP tickets from all the Fans who RSVP ‘YES’ to the specific (RED)NIGHTS events.

What you need to know…the rules:
  • You’ll need to be a (RED) fan on Facebook or following us on Twitter (or both if you’d like to double your chances)
  • Winners receive a pair of VIP tickets that provide access to the show and a chance to meet the band.
  • No transportation or travel arrangements are being provided – it’s just the tickets and the good times at the show.
  • To be eligible you need to live in the US city or surrounding areas where the show is playing and you need to be a certain age:
  • New York show: 16 years old or over and live in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk or Westchester in New York State; Bergen County, New Jersey; or Fairfield County, Connecticut.
  • Los Angeles show: 13+ and live in City of Los Angeles or the following California counties: Ventura, Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside or Orange
  • Dallas show: 13+ and live in City of Dallas or the following Texan counties: Ellis, Johnson, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Rockwall or Kaufman.
  • New Orleans show: 13+ and live in City of New Orleans or the following Louisiana counties: Saint Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson or Saint Tammany
  • Once named, winners need to fill in an eligibility confirmation and release form before receiving the tickets.
  • Check out the Sweepstakes Rules for Twitter and for Facebook for full details. By entering you are accepting the Sweepstakes Rules.
And if you happen to win…

If you are that special someone who wins, we’ll send you a Direct Message on Twitter to let you know or message you on Facebook. We'd love to show up at your door with cameras and all but Ed McMahon wasn’t available.

So, that’s it in a nutshell. Be sure to check out the Sweepstakes rules for Facebook and Twitter - by entering you are accepting the 'Sweepstakes Rules.'

Good luck. And please help us spread the word.

Official sweepstakes rules: Twitter and Facebook

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Watch Girl Skateboard for (RED)

Check out the new video that our Special Edition partner Girl Skateboard has created for (RED). Art Director Andy Jenkins and pro skater Mike Carroll talk about what working with (RED) means to them and how they hope to raise awareness of the AIDS crisis in Africa just by doing the things they do everyday – skating and designing boards. In Andy’s words “it’s pretty cool that something that we do on a day to day basis can help people in Africa with HIV and AIDS get the medicine they need.”

Monday, March 9, 2009



Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hello everyone!
(RED) Staffers Angela, Morgan and Hallie went to the Presidential Inauguration in DC last week and wanted to share some of the experience.

Early last Sunday, we left New York to go to DC in time for HBO’s “We Are One” concert spectacle. The city was abuzz as we walked with hundreds of people down to the Lincoln Memorial to catch the show.

There were celebrities, both actors and musicians who were there to narrate, and it was a concert filled with so much passion and hope you could feel it all the way to the back of the Washington monument. We watched great performances from many artists including (RED)’s co-founder Bono.

Inauguration Day came and we headed to the National Mall to witness history. We were up at 4:30am, and in place by 5:45am. Many others were ahead of us but we still scored a great spot on the lawn - close to one of the first jumbotrons by the Capitol Building, where Barack Obama would be taking the oath of President.

We thought we had come prepared for the cold, unrecognizable behind our heavy layers, but somehow our toes still froze! We passed the time before the inauguration dancing in place, crying out loud, turning our desperation into any form of comedy we could – our laughs kept us energized.

But the feeling was great, and the mood unparalleled. Just to stand amongst the masses who, like us, just wanted to bear witness to this event, to experience it live, in person and as real as it could be – it was amazing and unprecedented. It was truly extraordinary to see so many people from all different walks of life, joyous with the possibilities of our revived country. We were happy to be a part of it.

After we returned back from D.C., we began to think about what this transition of power would mean for (RED)’s cause to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. Regardless of what side of the political aisle you stand on, it’s quite amazing to think about the progress America has made in its commitment in combating HIV/AIDS, due largely to former President Bush’s initiative, The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (or PEPFAR). It has been in progress since only 2003, but has already provided $18.8 Billion dollars towards HIV/AIDS funding—the largest health initiative dedicated to a single disease.

While PEPFAR has made some great headway, there is still much that needs to be done. The Obama administration made commitments throughout the campaign that would help to improve millions of lives across Africa including increased access to water, education, and building health infrastructure. President Obama also committed to fully funding PEPFAR.

This past July, PEPFAR was extended for 5 more years, and the U.S. has pledged to increase funding to $48 billion. President Obama is a co-sponsor of this bill, which included that during this fragile economic climate our government will be able to part with so much money, but the message, as the torch is passed from the Bush to Obama administrations, is that – like (RED) – America’s commitment to fight HIV/AIDS remains strong.

Overall, the last week has given us a lot to look forward to. With (RED) having reached $120 million in generated dollars to the Global Fund, and with the start of a brand new administration aligned with (RED)’s goals, it makes us incredibly proud to be an American and part of (RED)!