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PITTSBURGH AIDS TASK FORCE RAISES OVER $120,000 AT 31ST ANNUAL BENEFIT

Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF), southwestern Pennsylvania’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS service organization, is pleased to announce that last night’s 31st Annual Benefit raised over $120,000 for PATF’s HIV/AIDS treatment, support, and prevention programming. Approximately 300 people attended the benefit, and two-thirds of attendees purchased VIP admission or supported the event through generous sponsorship.

Titled “A Moulin Twist,” the benefit infused Pittsburgh springtime surprises with the classic French theme. Annual Benefit Creative Chair Jose Diaz, a curator at the Andy Warhol Museum, worked with Thommy Conroy of 4121 Main to create a lush garden setting inside J Verno Studios.

Guests were treated to musical numbers by Broadway performers Constantine Rousouli and Ginifer King, performances from contortionist Topher Bousquet and from twirler David Peters, painted live models by artist Caleb Green, and sparkling wine served by Maria Kent from a strolling champagne dress. Drag queen Miss Thea Trix was the Emcee for the evening.

During the benefit, Richard Parsakian presented Larry Leahy, DMD, with the Kerry Stoner Award. The award, named for a PATF founder and its first executive director, is given annually to honor a person or an organization that has shown commitment to Kerry Stoner’s legacy and vision through long-term dedication to PATF and the HIV/AIDS community. Dr. Leahy was the first dentist in southwestern Pennsylvania to knowingly see HIV-positive patients and has supported PATF for over 25 years. Guests also heard short remarks from PATF CEO Sean DeYoung, Annual Benefit Honorary Chairs Charlie Humphrey and Laura Jordan, and Representative Dan Frankel.

Notable guests at the event included: Brian Balonick (PATF Board President), Linda Bucci, Janet and Harris Ferris, Nachum Golan and Steve Hough, Pam and Ken McCrory, Tim McVay and David Bush, Patrick Moore, Kathe and Jim Patrinos, and Bob Sendall.

Funds raised by the Annual Benefit are crucial to PATF’s ability to treat, support, and empower individuals living with HIV/AIDS in southwestern Pennsylvania. These funds are also vital for PATF’s free HIV, STI, and hepatitis C testing and prevention outreach programming.

About PATF
As the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) is dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and to be relentless in preventing the spread of infection. Combining vital social services with a new medical clinic, PATF continues its three decade history of leadership in providing comprehensive support that improves the health and quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. For information, please contact PATF at 412-345-0592, aptaschinski@patf.org or visit www.patf.org.

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