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Thanks from Hugh: Join Us

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Hugh Epping Wrote:

I thank all of the volunteers that helped set up and take down the AIDS Names Quilt and those that sat with the quilt as others visited. Over 150 persons viewed the quilt at Graham Gym and over 30 attended the reception. The two local names were moving for those attending.

The Daily Press and Sun News were supportive with articles as was KURU with announcements. Gamma Mu Foundation for the funding and WNMU for providing the venue. The Board of LGBT Grant County thank you all.

If you attend any WNMU home games (football, basketball, volleyball and softball) you will see the LGBT Grant County and PFLAG Silver City banner supporting WNMU sports and on view for all spectators.

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Thanks to Silver City Sun-News for Press Coverage – Please Join Us at WNMU This Week

AIDS Memorial Quilt on view at WNMU through Friday

Wednesday is International Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Sun-News report

Posted:   10/14/2014 09:22:33 AM MDT

 

SILVER CITY >> Six panels containing 48 names of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on view in Graham Hall at Western New Mexico University through Friday. The display will be part of the International Latino AIDS Awareness Day on Wednesday. Viewing times are 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; and 1 to 5 p.m. today and Thursday. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Established in 1987, the NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, according to a news release. The Quilt began with a single 3 by 6 foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. The quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual 3 by 6 foot quilts, each one commemorating the life of someone who succumbed to AIDS. These quilts come from every state in the nation, every corner of the world and have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends and family members of AIDS victims to create a massive memorial and the largest piece of community art in the world, according to a news release.

In the effort to find a cure for the currently incurable disease, the AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved as a reminder of the threat of AIDS. By illustrating the individuals behind the numbers, the AIDS Memorial Quilt can teach compassion and emphasize that AIDS touches everyone, the news release states.

Julie Rhoad, executive director of the Names Project Foundation, said through a news release, “we are thrilled to have the chance to share the AIDS Memorial Quilt with Silver City, the surrounding communities and southwest New Mexico. These handmade quilts, created by friends and family, tell the stories of individuals whose lives were taken by AIDS. We bring you their stories in the hope of inspiring compassion, healing and personal responsibility. We thank LGBT Grant County for hosting the quilt and we invite all to come see what wonderful art we have created together as a nation.”

Sections of the quilt are continuously on display across the country in schools, churches, community centers, businesses, corporations and a variety of other institutional settings, according to the news release. To date, more than 15 million people have seen the AIDS Memorial Quilt at tens of thousands of display sites throughout the world.

Info: 575-519-5562 or www.gaysilver.org or www.aidsquilt.org.

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Please Share: WNMU Welcomes the Return of #NamesProject Quilts

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct 13, 2014

WNMU Welcomes the Return of #NamesProject Quilts

Taking place during  International Latino Aids Awareness Week, Panels from Nobel Prize-Nominated AIDS Memorial Quilt on Display at WNMU Graham Gym Oct-13-17

Silver City, NM / WNMU: The Names Project Quilts, also known as AIDS Memorial Quilts bring with them a rich, diverse and compassionate history. Honoring those that have gone before us, the quilts also speak to the love, support and devotion of survivors–those friends and family members who pay homage to those names woven into the quilts, and to those who live and thrive, in spite of their HIV/AIDS diagnosis.

Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS – will be on view from October 13-17 at the Graham Gym, WNMU Campus, Silver City. This free display of The AIDS Memorial Quilt is being hosted by LGBT Grant County, and Gamma Mu, and visitors may attend according to the schedule below:

In order to heighten awareness, event organizers scheduled the displays to be shown during  International Latino Aids Awareness Week —

(Oct. 13th thru 17th) the NAMES PROJECT QUILTS WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT GRAHAM GYM ON WNMU CAMPUS.

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY FRIDAY FROM 1pm till 7pm and TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM 1pm till 5pm. THERE WILL BE 6 PANELS THIS YEAR!!!

ON WEDNESDAY (15TH) FROM 5 TILL 7PM A RECEPTION WILL BE HELD WITH REFRESHMENTS.

PLEASE COME BY AND VIEW THE QUILTS. IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN THEM NOW IS THE TIME.

In a war against a disease that has no cure, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved as our most potent tool in the effort to educate against the lethal threat of AIDS. By revealing the humanity behind the statistics, The AIDS Memorial Quilt helps teach compassion, triumphs over taboo, stigma and phobia; and inspires individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well-being and that of their family, friends and community.

Julie Rhoad, Executive Director of The NAMES Project Foundation explains, “We are thrilled to have the chance to share The AIDS Memorial Quilt with your community. These handmade blocks, created by friends and family, tell the stories of individuals who have lost their lives to AIDS. We bring you their stories in the hope of inspiring compassion, healing and personal responsibility. We thank (your organization) for hosting this event and we invite you all out to see what wonderful art we have created together as a nation.”

Sections are continuously on display across the country in schools, churches, community centers, businesses, corporations and a variety of other institutional settings all in the hope of making the realities of HIV and AIDS real, human and immediate. To date, more than 15 million people have seen The AIDS Memorial Quilt at tens of thousands of display throughout the world.

Volunteers are still needed, and we welcome your support, visits, and sharing this information with others.

For Volunteer Opportunities, Interview & Schedule Availability Please Contact – | Main Office: LGBT Grant County – Ted Tufares or Hugh Epping, lgbtgc@lgbtgrantcounty.com   575.519.5562 |

For more information on The NAMES Project and The AIDS Memorial Quilt, please visit aidsquilt.org or call the national headquarters at (404) 688-5500.
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Link-able Story at LGBTGrantCounty.com: http://gaysilver.org/2014/10/13/new-this-week-come-see-the-names-project-quilts-wnmu-campus-graham-gym/

About The NAMES Project/AIDS Memorial Quilt
Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The AIDS Memorial Quilt began with a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, The Quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual 3 x 6 foot panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS. These panels come from every state in the nation, every corner of the globe and they have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers and family members into this epic memorial, the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world.

About LGBT Grant County
LGBT Grant County is an advocacy and support organization for the LGBT community, their allies and friends, serving SIlver City and Grant County. We have a HelpLine (575.956.7359). We also work to build an accepting and diverse local community. LGBT Grant County recently received an UW grant which has made it possible to open a Center. Another grant will fund our creating of a Directory of Gay-owned and Gay Friendly businesses in Silver City and Grant County. Visit us at LGBTGrantCounty.com.

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