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The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization originally established to raise funds for and awareness about AIDS service provider agencies through the production of quality entertainment events. Born from the grass-roots efforts of two mothers, Barbara Richmond and the late Peggy Ermet, who lost their only sons to AIDS as a way to honor their sons' memories and to help alleviate the suffering of many of the other sons and daughters living with HIV and AIDS, the Foundation now also supports hunger programs to feed the needy and programs that inspire, support and serve homeless and underserved youth.

Highlights Video from Help is on the Way 20.


Beneficiaries of our 2015 events will be announced soon.


  • San Francisco AIDS Foundation to support expanding their testing and treatment services
  • Meals on Wheels to help provide home delivered meals to seniors and other home bound individuals

Beneficiaries for HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS XIV include:

  • Larkin Street Youth Services
  • Aguilas

Here's a message from one of last year's beneficiaries, Maitri, describing the impact REAF's funding has had on their agency.

Read about beneficiaries and learn how to apply....


Corporate and in-kind sponsors help underwrite the cost of REAF productions, ensuring that 100% of event ticket sales go directly to the beneficiary agencies.
Click hereto download a corporate sponsor package for Help is on the Way XXI. 
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Community partners are also utilized to create magical and elaborate gala receptions, as well as silent and live auctions.

To make a donation to an upcoming auction for a "Help is on the Way" event,
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Who should get tested? Where can you get tested? What should you do if your test is positive?

Get the answers to these and other questions about HIV and how it is spread by clicking here.

  • Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, 60 million people have contracted HIV and 30 million have died of AIDS-related causes
  • Currently, there are 34 million people living with HIV worldwide and 1.2 million living with HIV in the U.S.
  • Every day about 7,000 people contract HIV – nearly 300 people every hour
  • In 2011, 1.7 million people died from AIDS worldwide
  • California ranks second in the nation in cumulative AIDS cases, surpassed only by New York
  • More than 190,000 Californians have contracted HIV/AIDS and more than 86,000 have died since the epidemic began in the early 1980s
  • There are up to 7,000 new HIV infections in California every year
  • 76% of all HIV/AIDS cases in California occur among gay men, far exceeding the 53% nationally
  • In California, men make up 86% and women account for 13% of all HIV cases
  • Of all HIV cases in California, whites account for 48% followed by Hispanics at 28% and African-Americans at 19%.
  • More than two-thirds of all Californians living with HIV reside in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Since the beginning of the epidemic a total of 28,793 San Francisco residents have been diagnosed with AIDS, which comprises 18% of California AIDS cases and 3% of cases reported nationally
  • In San Francisco, there are currently 18,576 people living with HIV
  • An estimated 800-1,000 people will become infected with HIV this year in San Francisco
  • 90% of new HIV infections in San Francisco are among gay men
  • HIV/AIDS is the #1 cause of death for African-American women ages 25-34
For a list of AIDS Services Agencies in the Bay Area, click here!

Figures courtesy of UNAIDS, the CDC & SF Deparment of Public Health


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