Friends has been in existence and evolving
for nearly 34 years. Soon after the onset of
the HIV epidemic, we dedicated ourselves to the
mission of working to ease the burden of this disease through the raising of
funds in support of direct care for those with HIV/AIDS and educational
programs to prevent infection. As the pandemic grew, thus did our scope; to help
“…where the need is greatest, until the crisis has passed.” Through our annual
Academy Awards Night Gala, we have raised over $8.6 million to support more than
72 HIV/AIDS service organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Please join us and make a difference.
34th Annual Gala a great
"Return to the Emerald City"
2, 2014 - Terra Gallery
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of Friends presented "Return to
the Emerald City" on Sunday,
March 2, 2014 at Terra Gallery &
Event Venue. This marked
our 34th Annual Academy Awards
Night Gala with ticket sales
benefitting HIV/AIDS Services in
the San Francisco Bay Area. The
presenting sponsor Nordstrom,
was joined by other major
sponsors including Mercedes-Benz
of San Francisco, Terra Gallery
& Event Venue, Smirnoff, Ketel
One, Fitness SF, Classic Party
Rentals and iHeart Radio and our
many individual sponsors and
other contributors and
supporters to create a magical
evening to watch the Oscars,
drink champagne provided by
Barefoot, wines and wonderful
food from great restaurants and
soon announce the date and
location for our beneficiary
check presentation, where will
deliver the results of our
ticket sales, raffle sales and
silent auction back to the
community by distributing the
money to the six HIV/AIDS
services and prevention programs
that helped us create this
Mission Neighborhood Health Center
was one of the first community-based
health services centers in California and the U.S. to build a
continuum of HIV prevention and treatment services focused on the
needs of the Latino community.
is a Napa County youth program that promotes leadership, support
underserved people, develops partnerships, builds the community's
capacity to include and welcome LGBTQ people, increases visibility
and serves as Napa County's LGBTQ hub and includes HIV Testing,
counseling and prevention services.
is the only residential California facility offering comprehensive
end-of-life care exclusively to those living with AIDS.
As longtime supporters of Maitri, AOF helps the organization meet
the changing needs of Californians living with AIDS in a dignified
and caring manner.
Pets are Wonderful
Support (PAWS) began as volunteers mobilized in
response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. With the belief
that no person should have to choose between feeding themselves or
their beloved pets, the volunteers created a special food bank to
carry pet food and supplies
Project Open Hand
is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to seniors
and the critically ill including people living with HIV/AIDS. Every
day, we prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 400 bags of
healthy groceries to help sustain our clients as they battle serious
illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges.
Shanti Project offers a
continuum of services designed to meet the practical and emotional
support needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and other life
threatening illnesses. Shanti's Peer-to-Peer counseling program has
become a model and benchmark for other programs throughout the U.S.
and other countries.