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HIV Edmonton’s Legacy Gala

A Wrap Up to a Fabulous Project

Community by Dallas Barnes and Sam Casselman (From GayCalgary® Magazine, February 2011, page 42)

Fifteen months ago HIV Edmonton launched the seven component Legacy Project, a 25th Anniversary initiative aimed at "raising awareness, garnering support from the media and community-at-large, and re-engaging our champions from the past."

The Legacy Gala, a celebration and finale of the past 15 months is going to be help at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald on February 20th. Tickets are now on sale.

The Legacy Project has had a successful run. It ran with such notable events as the Distinguished Speaker Series highlighted with a talk by Dr. Elizabeth Pasini, a world-renowned epidemiologist specializing in HIV/AIDS. Other speakers included Richard Elliott, from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and Storytellers Blanket with Val Gervais.

There was the Big Gay Bar Challenge, The Body Mapping Exhibit, and performances by such diverse talent as Jeffrey Straker and Chloe Albert.

Another initiative of the Legacy Project was the launch of the coffee table book, Around the Kitchen Table: 25 Years of AIDS in Edmonton. The book is a commemorative look at the past 25 years of HIV Edmonton, and is filled with pictures and stories of the trials and tribulations of this Edmonton staple organization.

The Legacy Gala is sponsored by TD Bank Group and Viiv Healthcare, and is in partnership with Shire Canada. There will be a dinner and wine sponsored by Yellowtail Wines. According to Joyce LaBriola, HIV Edmonton’s Development and Communication Director, "HIV Edmonton’s favourite, The Big Breakfast Boogie Band, will be playing, and you can bid on items in the amazing silent auction."

The Big Breakfast Band is described as an eclectic group with a "collection of Soul, Jazz, Swing, and Blues from one of Edmonton’s most entertaining, creative, and in-demand ensembles."

Adds LaBriola, "The Legacy Gala will be held in the Empire Ballroom and will celebrate the accomplishments of the agency, reflecting on a quarter century of AIDS work in Edmonton, as well as showcasing highlights from the Legacy Project, the agency’s 25th anniversary celebration held over the last 15 months."

The evening begins with a reception at 6pm, followed by Dinner and Program at 7pm. The dance begins at 8:30pm.

A celebration for HIV Edmonton like this has not been held since The Black and White Affair and Art of Living events had their finale in 2004. Formal attire to black-tie is required to attend. The ballroom will be dressed in a blanket of black and white with splashes of red. Tickets for the event are $50.00 or $500.00 for your own table of ten, and all proceeds go towards all the programs hosted by HIV Edmonton.(GC)

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