The National AIDS Memorial Grove’s Annual Gala, Light in the Grove,
Is a One-of-a-Kind Evening of Remembrance and Fundraising

Photo courtesy National AIDS Memorial Grove

The National AIDS Memorial Grove invites you to join them at their annual Light in the Grove fundraising gala on Thursday, November 30, 2017, the eve of World AIDS Day. At this gala, always a sell-out, guests experience a moving candlelight reflection in the Circle of Friends, the heart of the Memorial, then walk through the spectacularly lit Redwood Grove to a beautiful banquet site. Inside, guests enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a buffet dinner with special musical and artistic performances.

The National AIDS Memorial Grove, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is a hallowed space in the national landscape where people touched directly or indirectly by AIDS can gather to heal, hope, and remember. Its mission is to provide, in perpetuity, a place of remembrance so that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten and their story is known by future generations. The sacred ground of this 10-acre living memorial honors all who have confronted this tragic pandemic, those who have died, and those who have shared their struggle, kept the vigils, and supported each other during the final hours.

Photo courtesy National AIDS Memorial Grove

Light in the Grove’s theme this year is “Bending the Arc Towards Justice,” capturing the spirit of hope, determination and resistance that has been at the foundation of the National AIDS Memorial Grove—and the community’s response to the AIDS pandemic—since the beginning. The Grove is proud to honor former State Senator Mark Leno, a longtime friend of the Grove. Leno has been a tireless champion for civil rights, for the LGBT community, and for HIV/AIDS organizations.

Money raised from Light in the Grove gala will help fund the care and upkeep of the Memorial, as well as the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship Program, which provides financial support to young people for college who demonstrate a passion and commitment to social justice and ending AIDS, and the Surviving Voices AIDS Oral History Initiative, which collects personal and community stories about AIDS, helping to guarantee that these stories will forever be remembered. Your attendance at Light in the Grove and other generous support will help to maintain this breathtaking National Memorial and help to ensure that the story of AIDS will be available to all future generations.

Photo courtesy National AIDS Memorial Grove

Tickets to Light in the Grove and other donations to The National AIDS Memorial Grove are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. National AIDS Memorial is a project of Tides Center, a registered 501(c)3 organization.

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What: The National AIDS Memorial Grove Annual Gala, Light in the Grove
When: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: National AIDS Memorial Grove, Nancy Pelosi Dr & Bowling Green Dr.,
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California 94122


Reporting by Hank Trout