NASHVILLE — HIV/AIDS is not a thing of the past as most would assume. The number of new infections remains steady.
In hopes of raising awareness about how HIV/AIDS affects the community, Women On Maintaining Education and Nutrition will host its third annual Diamond Champagne Brunch and Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Timothy Demonbreun House, located at 746 Benton Ave., in Nashville.
Registration donations are $25 per guest. Guests can register in advance online at www.educatingwomen.org. Donations will also be accepted at the door on the day of the event. All proceeds will go toward improving and expanding programs and services offered at W.O.M.E.N. which enables them to continue serving hundreds of women and families in need.
A full brunch with champagne will be provided and by the end of the event, someone will win a diamond. This event will also honor Metro Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite and the Nashville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for their support throughout the years.
According to data provided by the Tennessee Department of Health, in 2009 there were 4,900 reported cases of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, however the actual number may be higher because 20 percent of individuals with HIV/AIDS do not know they are infected.
Also, statistics show that in Nashville, there were 400 reported new cases, of which 50 percent were African-American.
W.O.M.E.N. is a non-profit social service community-based organization, founded in 1994 with the mission “to bridge service gaps to reduce health disparities.”
W.O.M.E.N. provides free HIV counseling/testing/referral, support, education, and nutrition services for people infected/affected by HIV/AIDS as well as those at risk for the infection.
For more information, to register or donate online, please visit http://www.educatingwomen.org/