The NAMES Project Foundation hosts "Remember Their NAMES" gala dinner

Tue. November 11, 2003 12:00 AM

Chicago, IL - On Friday, November 14, 2003, The Chicago Chapter of The NAMES Project Foundation will host "Remember Their NAMES" gala dinner and dance themed "A Night in Old Havana." The evening will take place at The Arts Club, 201 E. Ontario. Tickets are $150.00 and available by calling 773-472-1600. This is certain to be an evening honoring prominent Chicagoans for their work in the fight against AIDS, as well as a a great party including special themed drinks and tapas and Salsa/Carribean music. Honorees at the dinner include Robin Robinson of Fox News -- well known for her support of HIV and AIDS causes, in particular, a news documentary she fostered about the disease and the loss of her brother's life to it; Cleve Jones, who founded the "Quilt" in 1987, Modesto "Tico" Valle, a well-known community activist and founder of the Chicago Chapter of the NAMES Project, and DIFFA/Chicago, the organization that brought many from the design community into service to raise money and volunteer for HIV and AIDS organizations.

The Chicago Chapter of The NAMES Project Foundation was founded in 1988 as an affiliate of the national NAMES Project Foundation. Our mission is to use the AIDS Memorial Quilt to help bring an end to the AIDS pandemic through the provision of educational outreach programs that create awareness of HIV/AIDS. Created in 1987 by Cleve Jones, the AIDS Memorial Quilt (The Quilt) is a monument that memorializes people who have died from AIDS through three-foot by six-foot (the size of a human grave) Quilted cloth panels. Presently, the entire Quilt contains over 44,000 individual panels representing over 85,000 NAMES. The Quilt serves to create a positive means for remembrance, illustrate the enormous loss of life due to AIDS and provide HIV/AIDS education and awareness. NAMES Project Chicago is the only local agency that conducts displays of the Quilt, assists individuals with creating Quilt panels and implements educational outreach programs including the national In-School Quilt Program where student-led Quilt displays are coordinated with HIV education and prevention activities.