Hello Family & Friends,
For the past FOUR years, the National AIDS Memorial has been the top fundraising team of AIDS Walk San Francisco! And although COVID-19 will ultimately dictate whether we are regular or virtual walkers this year, this beloved annual fundraising event will go on. So many HIV/AIDS organizations (and those they serve) depend on this funding, especially now when social distancing has forced the cancellation of annual fundraising events across the board.
The National AIDS Memorial serves to ensure that the lives of people who died from AIDS are never forgotten and the story of AIDS and the AIDS movement is known by future generations. I work each day to help ensure that never again will people who are marginalized (“others”) be harmed because of fear, silence, discrimination, or stigma.
The National AIDS Memorial Grove (“the Grove”) is a 10-acre living memorial in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park dedicated to lives touched by AIDS. In October 1996, through passage of legislation spearheaded by Representative Nancy Pelosi and signed by President Bill Clinton, the 'National AIDS Memorial Grove Act of 1996' designated the Grove a national memorial.
As announced on November 20, 2019 at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the National AIDS Memorial is now also the new permanent caretaker of the 54-ton AIDS Memorial Quilt and, as such, will continue all current Quilt programs, including year-round displays throughout the country.
We are committed to ensuring that the lives of people who died from AIDS — and those who fought for justice, provided care, and made discoveries — are never forgotten.
If you can, please help me reach my $5,000 goal by making a donation today!
With much love and appreciation,