AIDS Foundation of Western MA to Host 20th Anniversary Gala

Hedda Lettuce will perform at Viva! 2013
Photo: AFWM
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Hedda Lettuce will perform at Viva! 2013  Photo: AFWM

Hedda Lettuce will perform at Viva! 2013
Photo: AFWM

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — Tickets are on sale for Viva! 2013, the 20th Anniversary Gala to benefit The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts (AFWM.) The gala will be held on January 25, 2013 at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke, MA. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by New York City drag legend Hedda Lettuce, in a rare Western Massachusetts appearance. A silent auction will feature wares from local artisans and retailers, autographed sports memorabilia from the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics, and one-of-a-kind gift baskets. A live auction will be hosted by local radio and stage personality Kelsey Flynn. Gourmet fare and passed hors d’ourves will be served.

“This is not your average fundraising event,” says Executive Director Jessica R. Crevier. “It’s a celebration of life that is known for outrageous performances and interactive fun. Combined with the diversity and dedication of our attendees, it is a truly unique evening.” In honor of AFWM’s 20th Anniversary, attendees will be treated to a champagne toast and surprise giveaways throughout the evening.

All proceeds from Viva! support AFWM’s mission to provide practical and enlightened support to local residents who are living with HIV and AIDS. We provide emergency financial assistance, referral services, peer support and community education to help those who are infected with HIV/AIDS to achieve their best possible quality of life and those who are HIV negative to remain that way.

Tickets for this elegant night of fun and fellowship may be purchased for $60.00 each or $600.00 per table of ten. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.aidsfoundationwm.org or contact the AFWM office at (413) 301-0955.

Presented by

Baystate Health, C&W Realty, The Log Cabin/Delaney House, New England Pathology Associates & Walgreens

Sponsored by

Active Lifestyle Fitness, American Homecare Federation, Branford Hall Career Institute, CJC Event Lighting & Todd M. LeMieux Designs

Media Sponsors:

The Rainbow Times, TV22, The Valley Advocate

[From a News Release]