Jon got creative with those bandanas again….
The AID Atlanta subteam that had all of it’s members register for AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run 2012 received this GLORIOUS trophey.
Seriously, Folks. We keep it classy.
The AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run office is, by far, the most colorful office.
Jon, the Director of Development, got creative with some bandanas we had from an event a few weeks ago.
Some people get really creative with their fundraising, like auctioning an inflatable crab-shaped beach ball.
With more than 91,000 names on it, the AIDS Memorial Quilt, cared for by The NAMES Project Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia, has been named an American Treasure, and the largest piece of community folk art in the world. The Quilt is the entire piece…all 5,793 blocks…all 46,344 panels. Each panel honors friends and family who have died of AIDS-related complications.
A block is most often composed of eight panels. Each block is 12’X12’. Panels are most often 3’X6’, which is the standard size of a grave. Friends, family, lovers, congregations, communities honor the dead with personal messages, tokens from the person’s life…representations of the person and his or her personality…evidence that this person was, and still is, a real person who has died.
The mood is always heavy, but people who work with The NAMES Project Foundation have their own ways of dealing with the weight. Everywhere are reminders that HIV/AIDS is still alive, and perhaps more dangerous than it was when the epidemic started in 1982. Even though the pay isn’t great and outsiders complain about the efforts that aren’t being used to educate, prevent and cure AIDS, employees and volunteers know what the real situation is, and they take pride in their work; they are dealing with those who have been left behind. Memories are being sewn together. A white bear-ish leather-worshiping homosexual man is being stitched next to a black baby, whose panel is on the same block as a heterosexual latin woman. It is often said by those who have an intimate connection with the Quilt, “see it and you’ll understand.”
I can say…I understand.