SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) will be observing World AIDS Day with series of community events starting on the eve of World AIDS Day on tonight. Light in the Grove is the first of the series, and will take place at the National AIDS Memorial Grove at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening. On behalf of RPD, General Manager Phil Ginsburg will join the National AIDS Memorial, a non-profit corporation dedicated to social service and stewardship of the natural environment, to commemorate and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National AIDS Memorial Grove.
“Together we observe World AIDS Day with our SF Rec and Park staff and community partners. We thank them for their help in creating this powerful national memorial in Golden Gate Park,” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “For all of us, this AIDS Memorial Grove is a sacred place where we can enjoy beauty and commemorate with one another.”
Then on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2011, RPD and community members will gather at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park to observe both the 20th anniversary of the National AIDS Memorial Grove and the 30th anniversary of the first diagnosed case of AIDS. The program includes bestowing of the National Leadership Recognition and Local Unsung Hero Awards, musical performance by Bishop Yvette Flunder, reading of names, and activation of restored Victorian Falls.
In addition, RPD will add the Red Ribbon to its logo starting Wednesday, November 30, 2011, in hope to raise awareness for World AIDS Day and show solidarity of people living with HIV and AIDS, and friends lost during this fight.