The AIDS Awareness Club of Hobart and William Smith Colleges is sponsoring the display of portions of the national AIDS Memorial Quilt beginning on March 28.
March 14, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—For years, the AIDS Memorial Quilt has been spreading the message of AIDS awareness around the country by providing a visual symbol of the size of the AIDS epidemic. Portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display from March 28 to March 30 in the Bristol Gymnasium on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The display is free and all are welcome. Opening ceremonies will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28. Bristol Gym will be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday for viewing the quilt.
A dedication ceremony of new panels made by community members will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. Michael Lee, who lives in Rochester, was diagnosed with HIV in 1987, will speak at the dedication ceremony. Lee will talk about how contemporary inspirational music has helped him maintain focus and find purpose in living with HIV. He will then sing a few contemporary inspirational songs.
Closing ceremonies for the display will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 30. Michael Charles from Chicago, Ill., will share his personal experiences of being HIV positive since 1979 at the closing ceremonies.
Each of the more than 44,000 colorful panels in the quilt memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS. The section of the quilt displayed at the Colleges will be composed of 20 panels, representing 160 individuals who have been lost to the disease. The AIDS Awareness Club at the Colleges is sponsoring the display.