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SPECIAL EVENTS: World AIDS Day Commemorations 

Just a few decades ago, AIDS could not be mentioned in a phrase without an enormous stigma accompanying the word. Today, more people realize that people living with this disease should be treated as respectfully as any other. World AIDS Day will take place on Saturday, December 1, in an attempt to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the people who continue to fight it.

In Rochester, members of the Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. and Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. will raise awareness and funds to benefit AIDS Care at the first World AIDS Day Banquet at RIT. The banquet will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m., with proceeds going toward AIDS Care's comprehensive medical care and research, supportive services, testing, and other health initiatives for the community. Tickets are $20 for students and $30 for community members, including a meal and special HIV presentation. (Vignelli Center for Design Studies, 73 Lomb Memorial Drive; lsualkimia.org/AIDSbanquet.)

The Faith Community Alliance of Greater Rochester, Inc., AIDS Care, Black Leadership Commission on AIDS in Rochester (BLCA), Threshold at The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc., and the MOCHA Center will gather for a Candlelight Vigil to recognize the day and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. The vigil will begin Saturday at 5 p.m. on the corner of Upper Falls and Hudson Avenue, followed by a service led by Rev. Dr. Frederick Johnson at 6 p.m. at the First Genesis Baptist Church (292 Hudson Ave.). For more information, contact Jackie Dozier at 210-4126 or jdozier@acRochester.org.

Additionally, the 12th Annual World AIDS Day Benefit Concert and Panel Discussion will be presented by Doing the [Positive] Thing, Rochester Victory Alliance, AIDS Care, OUTlandish, and Equal Grounds. The event takes place Saturday 7-9 p.m. at First Universalist Church, 150 S. Clinton Ave. Guests include Rochester Gay Men's Chorus, Steve Farrington, Rochester Victory Alliance, and AIDS Care staff. Buy tickets at Equal Grounds, OUTlandish, or at the door for $5-$15. Proceeds benefit AIDS Care. For information check acrochester.org.

Don't miss the 6th Annual Rochester AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed in Equal Grounds Coffee Shop (750 South Ave.). The quilt will be at the shop Friday, November 30, through Friday, December 7. For questions, email john@equalgrounds.com.

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