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Celebrate Pride Month by Experiencing the AIDS Memorial Quilt
 
WNCAP will present portions of the famous AIDS Memorial Quilt from Monday, June 17 through Saturday, June 22 at the Asheville Masonic Temple (80 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, 28801). Admission is free and open to the public from 10am-7pm daily. The exhibit coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, placing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the broader context of the LGBTQ rights movement.
 
WNCAP Executive Director Antonio del Toro makes remarks in front of the very first AIDS Quilt panel ever created.
 
"It was important to us that HIV/AIDS be a part of the conversation around the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall," said Executive Director Antonio del Toro. "As we look back over fifty years of LGBTQ activism, we must never forget those who passed away from AIDS-related causes. Their activism and sacrifice led us to where we are today."
 
If you would like to share information about the Quilt exhibit on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account, check out our social media toolkit. We want as many people as possible to experience this amazing exhibit.
 
 
An Opening Reception for the Quilt exhibit will be held on Monday, June 17 at the Asheville Masonic Temple from 6pm-8pm. The reception will feature remarks from community leaders like Tina Madison White of Blue Ridge Pride and Adrian Parra of Youth Outright, as well live music by the Asheville Gay Men's Chorus. Light refreshments will be served. The reception is free and open to the public.
 
 
The WNCAP Quilt Exhibit includes sixteen 12x12 foot blocks, each one made up of 6 or more individual panels. Many of the panels memorialize people from the local Western North Carolina area who passed away.
 
 
Others are more far-flung, such as celebrity panels honoring Freddie Mercury, Liberace, Arthur Ashe, and Eazy-E, and one panel honoring all who participated in the Stonewall Riots. It is a solemn and moving exhibit, but also an inspiring display of the love and activism that was generated by the AIDS epidemic.
 
The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed from Monday, June 17 through Saturday, June 22 at the Asheville Masonic Temple from 10am-7pm.
Dine Out, End HIV
Dining Out For Life Was A Huge Success!
Suwana Cry stands in front of her restaurant, "Suwana's Thai Orchid", with an employee and DOFL Ambassador Skip Burn
 
Dining Out For Life is Western North Carolina's biggest day of HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising. On Thursday, April 25, nearly 100 restaurants in Asheville and WNC donated 20% of sales to HIV Prevention & Care in our region. Hundreds of volunteer Ambassadors visited restaurants and spoke to diners about the event and invited them to join a raffle for three great prizes.
 
 
Although final numbers are still coming in, Dining Out For Life is on track to exceed the historical trend of the past few years! That means over $100,000 was raised on a single day to help prevent new cases of HIV and Hepatitis C and to take good care of people in our region living with blood-borne viruses.
 
We are so proud of all of our volunteer Ambassadors who dedicated their time and energy for a great cause. But there are a few Ambassadors who deserve a special mention: HJ Hayes, who covered the dinner shift at Buxton Hall Barbecue, submitted his promotional materials to his restaurant in a timely fashion and won a $50 Gift Certificate to the Grail Moviehouse!
 
Left: HJ Hayes; Right: Tony Beurskens and Michael Harney
 
Tony Beurskens, the lunch Ambassador at Gan Shan Station, was our top recruiter for additional Ambassadors in 2019 and also won a $50 gift card to The Grail.
 
Finally, we would be remiss if we did not mention our top earning Ambassadors of 2019. These are the volunteers who raised the most money through individual diner donations at their respective restaurants. 
 
From L to R: Patrice Boudreaux, Harvey Jenkins, Kat Williams, Silvio Moura
 
Our top earners were Harvey Jenkins and Silvio Moura at Posana, followed closely by Barbara Bell and Lacy Hoyle at Avenue M. Pam Nellis and Carl Romberg took third place with the donations they garnered at On the Verandah in Highlands.
 
DOFL Ambassador Jody Cross celebrates at the DOFL Afterparty at Banks Ave. Bar.
 
Dining Out For Life is WNCAP's biggest annual fundraiser, but that's not the only reason why it's important. Dining Out For Life is an opportunity for people across the region to speak openly about HIV Prevention & Care. That dialogue helps to decrease the deadly stigma that still surrounds HIV. We'll raise a glass to that!
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