Aunt Rita's Foundation Commemorates World AIDS Day

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Health & Fitness Issue: November 2015
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Photo courtesy Aunt Rita's FoundationAunt Rita’s Foundation, a local nonprofit that promotes public awareness of HIV/AIDS and raises money for 17 central Arizona HIV/AIDS-related programs, will commemorate World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 by displaying 15 sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The quilt, developed by the NAMES Project Foundation, will be on display in downtown Phoenix for three days.

The sections on display will represent 120 lives affected by HIV/AIDS, many of whom are Arizonans. Included in this year’s display are panels representing two local AIDS visionaries – Randy Shrock, co-founder of Aunt Rita’s Foundation, and Randy Gorbett, co-founder of Phoenix Shanti Group, another local organization devoted to support, treatment and advocacy for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

For anyone interested in making a panel to add to the national quilt, Aunt Rita’s Foundation will be accepting panels until January 12, 2016. For more information about how to make the quilt panels, call 602-882-8675 or visit

If you go:
The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness
1101 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Thursday, December 3
7 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, December 2; and 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

On Tuesday, December 1, there will be a candlelight vigil to honor those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS:
Where: Starts at Phoenix Pride LGBT Center (801 N. Second Ave., Phoenix) and ends at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness (1101 N. Central Ave., Phoenix).
When: 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1

Aunt Rita’s Foundation will also hold its annual RED brunch on Saturday, December 5, to celebrate World AIDS Day and to raise money for the 17 nonprofit agencies that provide services to the HIV/AIDS community. The event includes silent and live auctions.
Where: Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Phoenix
Cost: $100