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NAMES Project New York City Newsletter
Winter 1996
Articles:
Aaron Diamond Funding
Board of Directors Elected at First Annual Meeting
Letter From the Chair
New York Honors World AIDS Day

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Aaron Diamond Funding (Winter 1996)
By Jeff Bosacki

The Chapter's Education Committee has been working for several months with The NAMES Project Foundation in creating and solidifying a joint venture with a grant received from the Aaron Diamond Foundation. The Chapter will be helping the Foundation market and develop The National High School Quilt Program in New York City schools where we present the Chapter's own "Quilt 101" program. Both programs offer at a different level of commitment for schools, students and teachers that will allow schools to have options as their needs change and their challenge continues to grow. We are grateful for this opportunity and hope the efforts will pave the way for other such collaborate ventures between Chapters and the Foundation in the future.


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Board of Directors Elected at First annual Meeting (Winter 1996)
By Stephen N. Noonan

The NAMES Project of New York City, Inc. held its first annual meeting on Monday, September 30, 1996 at the offices of District Council 1707, AFSCME, 75 Varick Street, New York, New York. The purpose of the meeting was to elect the Board of Directors and present a comprehensive plan for the Chapter to the membership.

The Board of Directors for the 1996-1997 term is as follows: Stephen Noonan, President; Ben McLaughlin, First Vice President; Jeffry Bosacki, Second Vice President; Earl Collom, Secretary; and Gregg Cartagine, Treasurer.

It is hoped that the Board will be able to work with the existing Steering Committee as it is expanded to better serve all five boroughs of New York City. Our main goal is to establish operating committees in each borough that will, with active community involvement, be able to better serve those communities. While our outreach efforts in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens have been quite effective, we hope to be able to better serve the Bronx and all of Manhattan as well by being open to develop greater community involvement in New York City.

The Board looks forward to these challenges as the New York City Chapter continues the fight to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS disease in our community.


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Letter From The Chair (Winter 1996)
By Stephen N. Noonan

The Display in Washington is over and for some of us it is hard to start speaking of it in the past tense after the year plus time period spent in preparation. The weekend was wonderful from start to finish from the perfect weather, the incredible support of all the volunteers and Foundation staff members; the chance meetings of old and new friends on the mall; and the incredible reminders, both large and small, of the power of the Quilt.

Thank you especially to Clarissa Crabtree who has worked tirelessly for the last year as our Regional Display Coordinator and has provided us with the following examples of the enormity of this vast undertaking:

• President and Mrs. Clinton and Vice-President and Mrs. Gore visited the Quilt on Friday;
• over 1.2 million visitors are estimated to have visited the Quilt display in Washington;
• Friday alone, 50,000 students were registered and participated in the Youth Day Programs offered by the NAMES Project;
• 2,148 new panels were turned over to the Foundation over the course of the weekend;
• 40,000 panels were displayed which encompassed twenty-two miles of walkway; and
• 45 tons of fabric were unfolded and then refolded each day of the display.

Although the display has ended and the Quilt is being prepared for shipment to World AIDS Day displays around the country, the work of the Chapter goes on as we continue to plan and develop our display schedule and outreach events for the coming year. I would encourage everyone who was affected by the display in Washington to keep the spirit of DC 96 alive by becoming an active supporter of the New York City Chapter: become a member, volunteer with one of our committees, or make a panel for a friend or loved one. These commitments will ensure that the NAMES Project will continue to fight against HIV disease with increased awareness and compassion and ultimately win that fight once and for all.


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New York City Honors World AIDS Day (Winter 1996)
By Jeff Bosacki

For 1996, the Chapter has again expanded our efforts to increase the number of sites for the AIDS Memorial Quilt in New York City this World AIDS Day. In 1995 we had more than 25 houses of worship, schools and businesses participate in displaying the Quilt in all five boroughs to commemorate this worldwide day of remembrance. With a growing community of businesses, schools and organizations who have taken on the challenge to educate those who they serve about HIV/AIDS, requests to the Chapter to utilize the Quilt for this purpose have been increasing every quarter.

We have worked very hard in designing and marketing this year's program and are proud to announce that the Chapter has more than doubled the number of Quilt displays this World AIDS Day. We have requested triple the amount of Quilt from The NAMES Project Foundation (90 12'x12' sections, 720 individual panels) to serve the more than 60 different organizations who will be displaying the Quilt. We will also be taking the Chapter's "Quilt 101" program into six schools and facilities: John Jay HS; Satellite Academy-Manhattan; Benjamin Cardozo HS; New Utrecht HS; Paul Robeson HS, and the CHOICES program at Center for Community Alternatives. The Chapter has taken on a new challenge by adding an additional display at the Fishkill Correctional facility in Beacon, NY for inmates who are at high risk for HIV/AIDS. We want to honor and congratulate those companies, organizations and individuals who have joined us as partners in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

We invite you to visit the Quilt in a location near you. Some of the locations are schools and might only be available to students, so please check with the specific location as to hours that the Quilt will be open to the public. If you have any questions, please call the chapter at (212) 226-2292 for further information.


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