The evening will include a speaking program featuring APRI Director Mikel Wadewitz; former APRI Executive Director Annie Silvia; the Rev. Donnie Anderson, who will present a posthumous Community Hero Award to local activist, businessman, and philanthropist Guy Abelson; and others.
Funds raised from the Red Ribbon Cocktail Gala support a variety of services APRI provides people living with, affected by, or at risk from HIV. APRI support services for people living with HIV include a food pantry and hot meal program, mental health services, housing navigation, emergency financial assistance, and more. In addition, APRI provides free HIV, hepatitis C, and syphilis testing at multiple locations throughout Rhode Island. APRI serves more than 1,500 people each year. For more information, please visit www.aidsprojectri.org.