Aunt Rita’s Foundation Has 3 Big Upcoming Events

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           Aunt Rita’s Foundation, whose mission is to end HIV in all Arizona communities among every demographic at a time when almost 15 percent of the 1.2 million infected individuals nationwide don’t know they have the disease, has scheduled three big fund-raising and awareness events from September through February 2022.

            All proceeds benefit Aunt Rita’s 14 partner agencies providing critical HIV services in Arizona including testing, treatment, behavioral health, housing, prevention and more.

            “I can confidently say that many people know someone with HIV and don’t even realize it. We are working every day to eliminate stigma, increase prevention and take care of a community that has been largely ignored,” said Aunt Rita’s Foundation Executive Director Jimmy Thomason. “HIV affects everyone, although it has a disproportionate impact on certain populations, particularly racial and ethnic minorities and gay and bisexual men. Together, we can stop this.”

            It all begins on Saturday, Sept. 25 starting at 6 p.m. at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, when Grammy Award-winning entertainer and disco star Thelma Houston (Don’t Leave Me This Way) highlights RED is the Night. The evening begins with tantalizing cocktails at the hosted bar and appetizing bites in the garden. Dinner in the main hall precedes Houston’s performance. Presented by Mail-Meds Clinical Pharmacy, individual tickets range from $175 to $250 for VIP front row seating and tables are $1500 to $2500 for VIP from seating for eight. To register, visit www.auntritas.org

            On Saturday, Dec. 11at 10 a.m. at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 N. 3rd Street in downtown Phoenix, the RED Brunch returns for its 10th anniversary. The signature event celebrates World AIDS Day (Dec. 1 each year) as friends and families gather to reflect on the past four decades and how HIV/AIDS has affected those we love. The event also will honor and recognize individuals and organizations providing essential services and programs to the state’s diverse HIV/AIDS community. Individual tickets are $100 with table host tickets for 10-seat tables at $1,000. To register, visit www.auntritas.org.

            AIDS Walk Arizona 5K Walk and Run, the largest Arizona gathering to raise both funds and awareness, is Saturday, Feb. 19 at Tempe Beach Park, 250 W. Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe.  Registration begins at 1 p.m. with the Walk & Run starting at 3. Registration fees are $35 for virtual walkers, $45 for runners and walkers, $20 for student walkers (middle school, high school and college students with student IDs) and $10 for PAWS for the Cause for walkers and runners to bring their dogs. To register, visit www.aidswalkarizona.org

            For more information about Aunt Rita’s Foundation, visit www.auntritas.org.

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