Sold-Out Winter Ball Exceeds Fundraising Goals for HIV/AIDS Awareness
The Long Island GLBT Network Raises Over $60,000 for HIV/AIDS Testing Program
December 15, 2014, Woodbury, NY – More than 250 people joined The Long Island GLBT Network (The Network) on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 for its annual Winter Ball dinner dance hosted by the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach. The event supported raising funds for The Network’s comprehensive HIV/AIDS programs and also helped The Network surpass its goal of raising $50,000.
Proceeds from the annual fundraiser, held in commemoration of World AIDS Day, support The Network’s HIV/AIDS testing and outreach program, which includes prevention services, testing, education, and support services that take place throughout the year. This year’s Winter Ball featured a record number of sponsors including TD Bank, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Aureus Specialty Pharmacy, the Law Office of Christopher J. Chimeri, North Shore LIJ Health System, Briarcliffe College and Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE).
“The success of this year’s Winter Ball dinner dance is a testament to just how strongly Long Islanders and the wider community feel about raising awareness of and offering support for the important work we do all year with our HIV/AIDS programs. More than half of the men diagnosed with HIV or AIDS on Long Island are gay and bisexual, making it clear that our community has a necessity for the types of services we provide. To see a turn out of more than 250 people, and a 60% increase in donations from the previous year is astonishing. We want to thank everyone who participated in this annual event and look towards continuing our great work for as long as it’s needed,” said Dr. David Kilmnick, Chief Executive Officer of The Network.
Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) offers ongoing drop-in HIV/AIDS testing at The Long Island GLBT Community Centers (The Center) throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, including Woodbury on Thursdays, from 5-8pm; Bay Shore on Wednesdays, from 5-8pm; and Sag Harbor by appointment. For more information on testing and outreach services provided by The Network, please call 631.665.2300.