Phoenix/Scottsdale events planned to mark World AIDS Day on Dec. 1

World AIDS Day is held on the first day of December each year and provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for those living with HIV/AIDS and to commemorate those who have passed.

Aunt Rita

In Phoenix and Scottsdale, the nonprofit Aunt Rita’s Foundation is hosting several World AIDS Day events.

The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 and was the first ever global health day. Worldwide, nearly 35 million people have died from AIDS since 1981, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Events include:

* AIDS Memorial Quilt Panel Display created by the NAMES Project Foundation, Dec. 1-3 at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness, 1101 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Admission is free.

* Phoenix AIDS Candlelight Vigil, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Phoenix Pride LGBT Center, 801 N 2nd Ave., Phoenix. The walk ends at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness. Admission is free.

* Aunt Rita’s Foundation’s RED Brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale.

Cost is $100 per person. For tickets and details for the Red Brunch visit www.auntritas.org or call 602-882-8675.

Aunt Rita’s Foundation, a nonprofit agency that advocates HIV education and awareness and raises and equitably distributes funds to 17 HIV/AIDS service organizations with programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease.

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