Light in the Grove Gala 2018

Annual “Light in the Grove” Gala Supports the National AIDS Memorial Grove

The National AIDS Memorial Grove invites you to join them at their annual Light in the Grove fundraising gala on Friday, November 30, 2018, the eve of World AIDS Day 2018. Money raised from Light in the Grove gala will fund the care and upkeep of the Memorial, helping to guarantee that the stories of AIDS will forever be remembered. Your attendance at Light in the Grove and other generous support will help to maintain this breathtaking National Memorial for all future generations.

Photo courtesy National AIDS Memorial Grove

The National AIDS Memorial Grove, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is a hallowed space 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. Considered sacred ground, this 10-acre living memorial honors all who have confronted this tragic pandemic, including hemophiliacs with the new Hemophilia Memorial, those who have died, and those who have shared their struggle.

Always a sell-out, the Light in the Grove gala treats guests to a moving candlelight reflection at the Circle of Friends, the heart of the Memorial, and then a walk through the spectacularly-illuminated Redwood Grove to a warmly-lit banquet tent. Inside, they enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a buffet dinner with special musical performances.

This year’s Lifetime of Commitment Honoree is longtime AIDS activist and outgoing MAMG Board Chair, Michael Shriver. Mr.Shriver has been intently involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy, activism, program development, organizational development and public policy efforts at the local, statewide, national and international levels for more than thirty years.

Information about the National AIDS Memorial Grove, as well as information on getting tickets to Light in the Grove, can be found at

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Editor at Large, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a thirty-eight-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.