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Largest Ever Northeast Display of AIDS Memorial Quilt

Largest Ever Northeast Display of AIDS Memorial Quilt

A portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, seen here in Washington D.C., will be on display at Rockland Community College on Oct. 22-Oct 24. Individuals are invited to add a quilt panel in memory of a loved one.


AIDS Memorial Quilt Opens Tomorrow at Rockland Community College

Largest display ever shown in the northeast

 

Suffern, NY—The public is invited to view to the largest display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt ever held in the northeast in celebration of Rockland Community College’s 50th Anniversary. The display is as large as the Washington, D.C., display in 1987.

 

Thursday, Oct 22 - Saturday, Oct 24

Fieldhouse, RCC Suffern campus

Admission: Free and open to the public

The AIDS Memorial Quilt will cover the majority of the Fieldhouse floor. At the opening, volunteers will ceremoniously open the quilt from a lotus flower fold design in a moving display of respect for those who have died from AIDS.

 

Schedule

Thursday, Oct 22, 3 p.m.: Opening Ceremony

(Viewing hours: 3 – 9 pm)

 

Friday, Oct 23, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, Oct 24, 3 p.m.: Closing Ceremony

(Viewing hours: 9 am – 3 pm)

 

The College display will consist of 1,920 panels including the panels of such notables as actor Anthony Perkins from the movie, “Psycho,” and tennis player Arthur Ashe, as well as local tri-state residents who have died from AIDS. The complete Quilt today contains more than 45,520 panels. The 1,920 panels in this display represent about 4% of the entire Quilt.

Volunteers are still welcome to join in the reading of the 1,920 names that are to be read repeatedly during the entire viewing hours. The public is also invited to contribute their own memorial panel for a loved one and/or make donations to support programs and services for people living with HIV disease and for the upkeep of the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world.

In recognition of TOUCH’s (Together Our Unity Can Heal) 20 years of HIV/AIDS support services to the community, TOUCH will be co-sponsoring the display with RCC.

The goal of the quilt is to provide a creative means for remembrance and healing, to effectively illustrate the enormity of the AIDS pandemic, to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS throughout the general public, to assist others in providing education on the prevention of HIV infection, and to raise funds for community-based AIDS Service Organizations (ASO's). To date, more than 17 million people have seen The AIDS Memorial Quilt.

For more information about the Quilt or to volunteer or to make a donation, contact TOUCH at (845) 268 – 8023 x 11, or visit: www.sunyrockland.edu/go/aids-quilt

Debra Balestra, Director, RCC Student Involvement, can be reached at (845) 574-4394, dbalestr@sunyrockland.edu

Robert Maher, Executive Director, TOUCH, can be reached at RMaher@TOUCH-NY.org or 917-579-0785

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