"Miss Red Ribbon" 2014 Crowned

Jule 19, 2014

There's a new beauty queen in Charlottesville, and she's raising awareness about HIV testing.

Roxana Hardplace was crowned "Miss Red Ribbon" Saturday night during the third annual drag queen beauty pageant.

The event took place at The Haven. The crowd cheered on performers, and contestants who came from around the country to take to the stage and strut their stuff.

"We have drag performers of every type, from all over the country came out. We have four contestants and they are from across the country competing for the title of Miss Red Ribbon," said Mr. Gay Virginia Commonwealth Jason Elliott.

It wasn't all glitz and glam; the event raises money for Thrive, a health care provider in Charlottesville that promotes HIV and Hepatitis-C testing.

"The whole purpose of tonight is just to raise that awareness of Thrive health care, what we do. It's especially tied into our testing program. We offer free and confidential HIV and Hep-C testing. So you come in, it's just a little finger prick or an oral swab and in 20 minutes you have your results," Elliott said.

The beauty pageant raised more than $2,500 for Thrive.

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