History Events How to Donate How to Sponsor How to Volunteer Contact Us Community Calendar Home Press

Help 16 logo

Sunday, August 18, 2013
7:30pm - Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco

Primary Beneficiaries include:
Aguilas
AIDS Housing Alliance
Project Open Hand
Shanti

 

Silent Auction & VIP Party: 5:00pm

Gala Reception: 6:00pm

Performance: 7:30pm

Underwriter Dessert Party: 10:00pm

 


For cast bios and press pix
CLICK HERE


Carole CookDavid Engel
Jim Bailey &Jason Brock

David BurnhamCarole Cook
David Burnham & Carole Cook

David EngelJake Simpson
Spencer Day & Loretta Devine

David EngelTom Lowe
David Engel & Tom Lowe

Rex SmithPaula West
Donna McKecknie & Alex Newell

Jake SimpsonPaula West
Jake Simpson & Lisa Vroman

Paula West
Paula West

B.O.O.B.S!
B.O.O.B.S!

Arkediy&Natalja
Arkadiy & Natalja

Salsamania
Salsamania

Natalie Weiss
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus


PAST PERFORMANCES

all That Jazz

showgirls

P&P



ORDER TICKETS
$150 up -Underwriter tickets include both pre and post concert gala receptions.
$125 -Gala tickets includ the pre-concert reception.
$65- Performance Only tickets

"Help is on the Way" is Northern California's largest annual AIDS benefit concert.
It's an elegant evening of fun designed to raise funds
for Bay Area AIDS service provider agencies.

SILENT AUCTION DETAILS

"Help is on the Way" features an extensive silent auction coinciding
with the pre-performance gala and concluding at the end of the intermission.


Cast Details

(in alphabetical order)

JIM BAILEY
Concert (Carnegie Hall) TV (Ed Sullivan Show), star, singer, comedian

JASON BROCK
TV (The X-Factor), cabaret , stage star

DAVID BURNHAM
Broadway (Wicked, Light in the Piazza) star

CAROLE COOK
Broadway (42nd Street, Radio Gals) / TV / film star

SPENCER DAY
TV (Star Search) star, cabaret, recording star

LORETTA DEVINE
Broadway (Dreamgirls) TV (Gray's Anatomy), film (Crash) star

DAVID ENGEL
Broadway (La Cage Aux Folles/Putting it Together) star/co-founder of Forever Plaid

TOM LOWE
London West End star (Le Miz, Cats)

DONNA McKECHNIE
Tony Award-winning (A Chorus Line) Broadway star

ALEX NEWEL
TV (Glee & The Glee Project) star

JAKE SIMPSON
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network star / Star Search Grand Champion

LISA VROMAN
Broadway (Phantom of the Opera/ Les Miz) star

PAULA WEST
Jazz / Cabaret star

B.O.O.B.S!
Busty, Outrageious, Over-the-top Broads Singing / cabaret trio

ARKADIY POLEZHAEV & NATALJA PANINA
International Latin dance champions

SALSAMANIA
WWorld Latin Dance Cup Champions

SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN'S CHORUS
Grammy Award winning Gay Men's Chorus

JON MAHER
Sign language interpreter

DAVID GALLIGAN
Director

RICHARD BERENT & BEN PRINCE
Musical Directors

And others to be announced!



Gala Co-Chairs
RON HUMMEL
JORDAN, MILLER & ASSOCIATES

GALA BENEFICIARIES
Aguilas
AIDS Housing Alliance
Project Open Hand
Shanti

Where the money goes

Project Open Hand Project Open Hand delivers about 400 meals each day to individuals with AIDS. About half of the 4,500 who visit Project Open Hand for meals over the course of a year have HIV/AIDS. Executive Director Kevin Winge said that the funds the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation contributes are vital in helping enable Project Open Hand fulfill its pledge to provide meals to people with AIDS. “When it gets harder and harder to raise money, the fact that REAF has been around and meant so much stands out,” Winge said. “And the fact is, very few patrons have been able to stick with the mission.”

REAF’s ongoing financial support – and its role in continuing public awareness of the HIV-AIDS epidemic – cannot be underestimated, he said. “The need is no less today than it was 20 years ago, Winge said. “The fact that REAF is still there, is still being visible, well, sure the financial support is great, but REAF’s role in awareness is so important, too. He said REAF is one of the longest relationships that Project Open Hand has enjoyed. “For some, HIV has kind of fallen off the radar screen, that’s where REAF has proven invaluable to us,” Winge said.

AIDS Housing Alliance Providing housing assistance to those with HIV/AIDS, the AIDS Housing Alliance counts about 3,000 clients who have been displaced because of the illness. Brian Bassinger, director of the housing alliance, said REAF’s financial support is immeasurable. “REAF is huge for us,” Bassinger said. “Just being acknowledged, recognized, to have the community support us, it helps keep us all motivated and enthused every single day.”

As an added benefit, Bassinger said REAF’s financial contributions have strengthened the housing alliance’s on-line system and enabled it to better serve the LBGT community. “Providing housing serves as an HIV prevention method,” he said. A recent study showed that between 2006-2011, 20.4 percent of those with HIV in San Francisco were displaced. “They no longer live here because of the high cost of housing,” Bassinger said. But with support from such groups as REAF, it’s not the time to give up. Personally, it’s been just the opposite, he said. “It’s the most intellectually stimulating job I’ve ever had,” he said.

Shanti Kaushik Roy, executive director of Shanti, said REAF’s financial support has made the kind of difference that saves lives. “REAF is really, really important, especially at a time when HIV funds are being cut by the government, which equals underserved and vulnerable people,” Roy said. Shanti serves about 2,000 annually in San Francisco and about 80% of those have HIV/AIDS.

In 2014, Shanti Project will observe its 40th anniversary. The San Francisco center began in 1974 at the cancer ward at University of California-San Francisco. Shanti offers emotional and practical support for those with HIV/AIDS as well as providing health services counseling. “We do what you would do for a friend or a family member if they got sick,” Roy said.

REAF continues to be an extremely useful ally in the fight, and on more than one level. “In addition to the fine financial support, REAF gets the cause and the issue out in the open, in the general conversation and in the public eye,” Roy said. “They’re so important to us.”

Aguilas There are three new HIV infections each day in San Francisco and there are gay or bisexual Latinos in that number, according to Dr. Eduardo Morales, the executive director of Aguilas, which reaches out to provide services for Latino youth. “We touch a lot of people,” Morales said. “Whether through groups, individuals, counselors, our hands are full. A lot of Latino gays experience trauma in their lives and that’s one of the factors for HIV. Aguilas has served 1,500 clients a year for 20 years, said Morales, who said REAF’s funding and also its mission have made a difference.

“REAF means an important partnership for us so we can raise money, but also as a way of supporting the arts at the same time with its top Broadway-type stage events. So we really like our partnership with REAF. We feel like it’s a win-win situation. “With REAF raising public awareness, it’s taken on a greater importance because of the federal government threatening to slash HIV/AIDS funding instead of increasing it. REAF is a way that the average citizen can engage in the fight and also to energize himself by going to locally-produced Broadway quality shows.”


Corporate Sponsors help underwrite the cost of our events to ensure that
100% of your ticket price goes directly to the beneficiaries of the gala.

To download a corporate sponsor proposal
with levels and benefits, click here.


CORPORATE SPONSORS

AAA Ketel One Vodka

DOT429.com

United Airlines

Wells Fargo

Charles Schwab Foundation


ASSOCIATE SPONSORS


DeltaDental

JanssenTherape Therapeutics

Randall Schiller Productions

Steven Montes Special Events


Media Sponsors help get the word out about our events, saving advertising dollars and ensuring more money goes directly to the beneficiaries.

MEDIA SPONSORS

ABC7-TV

Bay Times

dvPix

BAR TAB

Bay Area Reporter

KGO Radio

Nob Hill Gazette

 


Gala Reception Sponsors provide fabulous hors d'oeuvres, premium wine tastings, delectable desserts and special martini and margarita bars for our patrons to enjoy while mingling during the pre and post-performance receptions.

RECEPTION SPONSORS

Ketel One Vodka


Graham'sPort.

Moreno Sparking Wines

If You See Kay Wines

Layer Cake Winery

Wente Vineyards

SpicyVines

McNabRidge Winery

REAF Red Ribbon Wines

Viszlay Winery

Rosenblum Cellars

ZicoCoconutWater

Ciao Bello Gelato

Hard Rock Cafe

StevenMontes

Harris' Restaurant

Blue Mermaid Chowder House

Cafe Pescatore

Scala's Bistro

Grand Cafe

FifthFloor Logo

Postrio

Puccini & Pinetti

Jasper's Corner Tap

Molto Benne Catering

The Mortimer

Hot Cookie

Landrin Chocolates

Fruits&Chocolates

Ladies Who Lunch



HOTEL SPONSORS TO COME


Prescott Hotel

Park55 Hotel

Holiday Inn Civic Center

Chancellor Hotel


Hotel Monaco

Hotel Vertigo

Hilton Union Square

Hotel Fusion

Carriage Inn


  The Richmond/Ermet
AIDS Foundation
942 Divisadero Street, Ste. 201
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-931-0317
   

History Press Events Donate Sponsor Volunteer Contacts Home
Copyright ©2001 by Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation.
info (at) richmondermet.org

Tab
Content
Tab
Content