‘HIV is not going away; there’s still not any cure for it’
|By Robert Sancrainte|
Lansing Area AIDS Network hosts seventh annual Red Ribbon Gala
Nonprofits have weathered some difficult challenges in
“Nonprofits over the past five to 10 years have realized significant funding cuts across the board,” Distel explained.
Distel sees this as a symptom of the ailing economy, but
“That’s the reason we have the Red Ribbon Gala,” he said.
“It’s dual purpose. It’s fundraising, but it’s also to increase community awareness about what’s going on with HIV and AIDS.”
The seventh annual Red Ribbon Gala and
Awards will be presented at the gala,
Distel said there have been significant changes since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when greater attention was paid to AIDS.
“When agencies like LAAN were just coming about, the
Not until later in the 1990s did LAAN and similar
“I don’t see the picture getting any better,” Distel said. That’s why events like the Red Ribbon Gala and Auction are so important to the organization.
World AIDS Day is Dec. 1.
“It’s the one time of year, quite honestly, that you can
“HIV is not going away; there’s still not any cure for
Red Ribbon Gala
Saturday, Nov. 12
111 N. Grand Ave., Lansing
Registration begins at 6 p.m; program begins at 7 p.m., with a live auction and dinner following.
$100 per ticket