Red Tie Night was Saturday night at the Cox Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Escorted by my fiance Melinda, I met up with NewsOK.tv’s Tanner Herriott to capture the splendor of the event and score an interview with Jackie Cooper, the force behind the fundraiser.
Jackie and Barbara Cooper started the first Red Tie Night 16 years ago. Their son Jerry had died of AIDS in 1989. The first Red Tie Night attracted about 200 people and raised around $75,000.
Last night’s event was expected to attract around 850 people, but may have neared 1,000. Over $1 million was raised. Money goes to the Oklahoma Aids Care Fund.
We’ll have a video report from the event posted later this week.
UPDATE: Video has been posted here.