Academy of Friends presents "Return to the Emerald City" on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Terra Gallery & Event Venue. This marks our 34th Annual Academy Awards Night Gala with ticket sales benefitting HIV/AIDS Services in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Everyone at the event will enjoy foods provided by the Bay Area's finest restaurants and caterers, wine and champagne by amazing vintners along with a fun way to watch the 2014 Oscars® viewable from most every angle in Terra Gallery. Our incredible Silent Auction utilizes the latest in cellular technology to allow you to participate from anywhere in the venue. Photo op's and amuzements abound as your world transforms into an adventure over the rainbow to the Emerald City, where munchkins, witches and wizards will keep you entertained. Following the broadcast be ready for our raffle drawings, Live Auction, an incredible show, then dancing until the doors close and it's time to go home.
General Admission tickets are $250 each and we estimate that all but $50 of your ticket purchase is considered a tax-deductible donation. Buy your Gala ticket before February 27th and you can also attend our Pre-Gala VIP Party at Mercedes-Benz San Francisco! The registration link is http://aofsf.eventbrite.com.
100% of ticket sales will be distributed to our six HIV/AIDS Services beneficiaries* following the event.
VIP Tickets are only offered to our individual and corporate sponsors. To become a sponsor or learn more, please visit http://academyoffriends.org/html/getinvolved_join.htm.
*Our 2014 HIV/AIDS services beneficiaries include:
Clínica Esperanza at Mission Neighborhood Health Center was one of the first community-based health services centers in California and the U.S. to build a continuum of HIV prevention and treatment services focused on the needs of the Latino community
LGBTQ Connection is a Napa County youth program that promotes leadership, support underserved people, develops partnerships, builds the community's capacity to include and welcome LGBTQ people, increases visibility and serves as Napa County's LGBTQ hub and includes HIV Testing, counseling and prevention services.
Maitri is the only residential California facility offering comprehensive end-of-life care exclusively to those living with AIDS. As longtime supporters of Maitri, AOF helps the organization meet the changing needs of Californians living with AIDS in a dignified and caring manner.
Pets are Wonderful Support (PAWS) began as volunteers mobilized in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. With the belief that no person should have to choose between feeding themselves or their beloved pets, the volunteers created a special food bank to carry pet food and supplies and later expanded to other services to support their clients.
Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to seniors and the critically ill including people living with HIV/AIDS. Every day, we prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 400 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain our clients as they battle serious illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges.
Shanti Project offers a continuum of services designed to meet the practical and emotional support needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and other life threatening illnesses. Shanti's Peer-to-Peer counseling program has become a model and benchmark for other programs throughout the U.S. and other countries.
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Academy of Friends
Academy of Friends has been in existence and evolving for 35 years. Soon after the onset of the HIV epidemic, we dedicated ourselves to the mission of working to ease the burden of this disease through the raising of funds in support of direct care for those with HIV/AIDS and educational programs to prevent infection. As the pandemic grew, thus did our scope; to help “…where the need is greatest, until the crisis has passed.” Through our annual Academy Awards Night Gala, we have raised almost $8.7 million to support more than 73 HIV/AIDS service organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please join us and make a difference.