During March and April, over thirty-five SAVORlife Dinners allowed hosts and guests to come together at private homes and restaurants (and other venues) in order to share a meal, celebrate, and raise funds for HIV/AIDS services in Central Arizona communities. Many participants were also in attendance at the SAVORlife Soiree, a cocktail reception, silent auction and art show. Held at the Phoenix Art Museum, the event is a way to say thank you to SAVORlife’s dinner hosts, guests, and sponsors, as well as provide a ticketed event for those who could not attend a dinner. The dinners raised nearly $57,000 for nineteen Valley-based benefitting agencies.
Starting in the late eighties with bake-sale fundraising to address the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, Aunt Rita’s went on to up its totals year after year until federal funding was available. Aunt Rita’s was reborn in 2005 in response to funding cuts. The nonprofit continues to raise funds for Central Arizona agencies, primarily through signature events.
Next up for Aunt Rita’s Foundation, which also produces AIDSWalk Phoenix & 5k Run in October and the Red Brunch for World AIDS Day, is a brand-new event set for July 26: Red is the Night. Hosting Aunt Rita’s first annual summer fundraising event, Mayor Greg Stanton and his wife, Nicole Stanton, will come out to support a new initiative developed by Aunt Rita’s, Project HIVAZ. Proceeds from the event will benefit Project HIVAZ, the first multimedia, statewide educational campaign designed to provide important knowledge to everyone in Arizona about HIV prevention, education, and treatment.