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Academy of 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.

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Beneficiary Check Presentation

Please join Academy of Friends for the most important winners of 2014 - the six HIV/AIDS Services that will receive checks from the money raised by our 2014 Awards Night Gala. The event will be held on Thursday, May 15th at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in the St. Francis Suite. 

Get to know the agencies and the important work they do for people living with or at risk of acquiring HIV and their other community programs. Our six agencies include Clinica Esperanza at Mission Neighborhood Health Center, LGBTQ Connection in Napa, Maitri Hospice, PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support), Project Open Hand and Shanti.

We will also announce the winner of the Kile Ozier Founders Award to recognize a volunteer from the community. The winner of this award may choose an HIV/AIDS Service in the Bay Area to receive a $2500 grant from Academy of Friends.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. 
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In Loving Memory - Carey Craig
On March 27, 2014 we lost our dear friend, Carey W. Craig. Carey was an amazingly talented, handsome and generous man. He was demanding of others at times when he saw the potential that they could attain if they just pushed a bit harder, as he always did himself. He was an achiever, a mentor and a friend to many.
Carey spent most of his adult life living and working in the Bay Area. In the early days of the AIDS crisis, Carey served as a board member for the Academy of Friends (known in those days as Friends of Oscar). Carey, along with his fellow members of the board carefully guarded and nurtured the legacy of the Academy of Friends Gala , a signature of HIV/AIDS fundraising in the Bay Area. The renowned gala was a social highlight of the year, where old friends would gather and be guarenteed a glass of bubbly at the door, a warm welcome from the Board and an evening of delights - much of if orchestrated under Carey's watchful eye. The gala continues today and the Academy of Friends has raised millions of dollars for various Bay area AIDS organizations, thanks in part to Carey and his service and leadership with the organization.
We would like you to join us to honor Carey at a memorial to be held at one of his favorite organizations and favorite places in San Francisco, the National AIDS Memorial Grove, on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 2 until 5 pm.



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