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Guide to World AIDS Day Events and Observances

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The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. December 1, around the globe, there are events and observances to remember those who have lost their fight to AIDS, and to raise awareness that AIDS still exists, and needs to end. You can wear a red ribbon on December 1, and you can attend one of these Puget Sound area events.

8th Annual World AIDS Day Breakfast
Thursday, December 1
7:30am – 9:00am
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101
206.694.5000
http://www.strongertogetherseattle.com

The largest benefit of its kind in the Northwest, the breakfast is a fundraiser for Rosehedge/ Multifaith Works, Gay City Health Project, Seattle Counseling Service, and Seattle Area Support Groups, who work together to provide crucial HIV prevention, education, support and care in the Seattle area. The breakfast is an opportunity for you to make the strongest impact you can by supporting this network of AIDS service providers in Seattle. Last year the event raised over $110,000 for the combined agencies, and we need your support to help us raise more this year so those living with HIV/AIDS have care, support and most importantly – hope. Go to the website for more information. http://www.strongertogetherseattle.com.

World AIDS Day/Stop HIV Pledge
Thursday, December 1
11:30am – 1:30pm
Westlake Park
401 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Lifelong AIDS Alliance staff, volunteers and community members will gather together to commemorate World AIDS Day and show that they will continue prevention and education efforts (as well as supporting those already diagnosed with HIV) until there is a “Get to Zero”; Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths. Stop by and to sign the Stop HIV Pledge. Signers pledge to to educate a friend, relative or child regarding risky behaviors and the importance of testing for HIV. Click HERE for more information.

Make AIDS History with World Vision
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063
888.511.6443
http://www.worldvision.org

Without treatment, HIV-positive moms have a 1 in 3 chance of infecting their children. Yet a few simple measures dramatically reduce these odds. The problem? Too many moms can’t access the HIV care they need. But there is hope. Federal Way, WA based World Vision works in HIV- and AIDS-affected communities in more than 60 countries. With your support, we can help HIV-positive moms live longer, and help their children live free of HIV. Click HERE to help.

Laughing Lotus Benefit Sale
Thursday, December 1
11:00am – 9:00pm
3013-B 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406
http://www.laughinglotustacoma.com

Laughing Lotus, a gallery in Tacoma, is hosting a benefit sale for Thembanathi. Thembanathi’s goal is to provide funding for early childhood education and development programs, while strengthening families and building communities, in an area of rural South Africa devastated by the HIV epidemic. The products are fair trade, and 100% of the sale proceeds go back to support programs for children in the same region of South Africa. Lindsey Reynolds, Thembanathi’s director and founder, will be there in the evening to talk about her work in South Africa. Laughing Lotus’s address is 3013-B 6th Avenue, Tacoma. If you can’t attend the sale, but want to support the project, click HERE and make a donation.

Free Film Screening for World AIDS Day
Thursday, December 1
11:30am – 1:00pm
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Join Tacoma Art Museum and Visual AIDS to honor 30 years of AIDS by viewing the FREE film Untitled by Jim Hodges, Carlos Marques da Cruz, and Encke King. Untitled is a moving, nonlinear montage of archival and pop footage recalling the passionate activism sparked by the early years of the AIDS crisis.

“Getting to Zero” 2nd Annual World Aids Day Benefit Show
Thursday, December 1
8:00pm
Nectar Lounge
412 N. 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
206.632.2020
http://www.nectarlounge.com

Hosted by Wizdom and Shaprese, with music by The Good Sin, Zach Bruce, Havi Blaze, Aaron Ventura and more. $10 suggested donation, Red Ribbon Pin and 1 raffle ticket given at door. This is a 21+ event. Purchase tickets online.

Free Film Screening “Still Around”
Thursday, December 1
7:00pm
The Egyptian Theater
805 East Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98122
206.296.4649

Please join the commemoration of World AIDS Day and 30 years of AIDS with a FREE showing of the film “Still Around” (Seating will be on a first come basis).

World AIDS Day – 50% Off HIV Testing
November 14 – December 16
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
2001 East Madison Street
Seattle, Washington 98122
206.328.7734
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppgnw

In honor of World AIDS Day on December 1, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is offering 50% off HIV rapid test at all of their 30 health center locations. Click HERE for a coupon to take with you to your PPGNW appointment.

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