AIDS Foundation of Western Mass. Readies for Viva! Gala

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aids_wmaSPRINGFIELD, Mass.—There are only five tables still available for The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ annual Viva! gala! Now in its 18th year, this unique celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 30th at The Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke. Viva! will feature satirical humor set to song by The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet. Billboard Magazine describes the group as “one of the most uniquely original (and thoroughly fun and entertaining) acts we have encountered in years… this is one act that should not be missed!” [pullquote]All proceeds benefit The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ mission to provide support and emergency assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS right here in Hampden and Hampshire counties.[/pullquote]

Tickets for their only scheduled Massachusetts performance are only $60. Admission includes gourmet fare, valet parking and exciting live and silent auctions. All proceeds benefit The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ mission to provide support and emergency assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS right here in Hampden and Hampshire counties. Don’t miss your chance to experience this one-of-a-kind event! Help us to sell out by calling (413) 592-5444 or logging on to aidsfoundationwm.org/events/viva-the-gala-to-benefit-afwm for tickets and more information.

Philosophy

  • We exist to provide dignity, compassion, and understanding to individuals affected by and infected with HIV and AIDS, and to eliminate the stigma associated with the epidemic.
  • We offer support through financial assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as help in finding appropriate services.
  • We offer education through speaking engagements, peer education, and community events. The purpose of education is to teach prevention to empower individuals to end the spread of the virus.
  • We support the improvement of the lives of people infected and affected by the virus without discrimination on any basis, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability, immigrant status, national origin, drug use, and criminal background.

The mission of the AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Inc. is to create positive community impact through innovative and empowering education and support in Hampden and Hampshire counties. The ultimate aim is to end the spread of HIV/AIDS.

[From a News Release]

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