Radiant Health Centers Raises Over $920,000 at 34th Annual Gala
Radiant Health Centers, an Orange County, California, nonprofit that offers free HIV testing, as well as comprehensive LGBTQ+ medical care and social services to County residents living with and/or affected by HIV, raised more than $920,000 at their 34th annual gala on Saturday, February 15, 2020. All of the proceeds from the gala support Radiant Health Centers’ work to enhance LGBTQ+ health equity and to end the HIV epidemic in Orange County.
The Yost Theatre in Santa Ana hosted over 225 community members and supporters to the gala, themed “Cirque Rogue.” Attendees enjoyed a variety of performers, including aerialists, a stilt walker, a contortionist, and a juggler. They also participated in classic fair games like ring toss, high striker, and Whack-A-Mole. The night also included silent and live auctions.
In a press release, Larry Will, Radiant Health Centers board member and gala co-chair, said of the evening, “We were thrilled to exceed our fundraising goal, which means Radiant Health Centers can provide even more care for our deserving clients.”
The funds raised included a substantial gift from the trust of the late Mrs. Leslie A. Timmons, whose generosity was celebrated during the event. Mrs. Timmons’ friend Bill Lawrence presented the estate’s donation to Radiant Health Centers’ CEO Phil Yaeger. During his presentation, Lawrence shared the story of his and his partner Jeff Stuckhardt’s ten-year friendship with Mrs. Timmons, including his and Phil’s becoming Mrs. Timmons’ day-to-day caregivers after her husband passed away. The duo regularly walked in the Radiant Health Centers AIDS Walk Orange County, and Mrs. Timmons always donated to their effort. When Mrs. Timmons established her trust, she decided to donate over one million dollars to Radiant Health Centers to show her appreciation for the two men. Lawrence stated during the presentation, “Her immense generosity is an example of what we can do in our day to day lives by just being us.”
Radiant Health Centers will install a commemorative bronze plaque honoring Mrs. Timmons, acknowledging her generosity.
For more information about Radiant Health Centers, log on to their website at: www.radianthealthcenters.org.
—Reporting by Hank Trout
Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.