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Academy of Friends has been in existence and evolving for nearly 34 years. Soon after the onset of the HIV epidemic, we dedicated ourselves to the mission of working to ease the burden of this disease through the raising of funds in support of direct care for those with HIV/AIDS and educational programs to prevent infection. As the pandemic grew, thus did our scope; to help “…where the need is greatest, until the crisis has passed.” Through our annual Academy Awards Night Gala, we have raised over $8.6 million to support more than 72 HIV/AIDS service organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please join us and make a difference.

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34th Annual Gala a great success!

"Return to the Emerald City"
March 2, 2014 - Terra Gallery

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Academy of Friends presented "Return to the Emerald City" on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Terra Gallery & Event Venue.  This marked our 34th Annual Academy Awards Night Gala with ticket sales benefitting HIV/AIDS Services in the San Francisco Bay Area. The presenting sponsor Nordstrom, was joined by other major sponsors including Mercedes-Benz of San Francisco, Terra Gallery & Event Venue, Smirnoff, Ketel One, Fitness SF, Classic Party Rentals and iHeart Radio and our many individual sponsors and other contributors and supporters to create a magical evening to watch the Oscars, drink champagne provided by Barefoot, wines and wonderful food from great restaurants and caterers.

We will soon announce the date and location for our beneficiary check presentation, where will deliver the results of our ticket sales, raffle sales and silent auction back to the community by distributing the money to the six HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs that helped us create this event:

Mission Neighborhood Health Center   

Clínica Esperanza @ Mission Neighborhood Health Center was one of the first community-based health services centers in California and the U.S. to build a continuum of HIV prevention and treatment services focused on the needs of the Latino community.

LGBTQ Connection Napa

LGBTQ Connection is a Napa County youth program that promotes leadership, support underserved people, develops partnerships, builds the community's capacity to include and welcome LGBTQ people, increases visibility and serves as Napa County's LGBTQ hub and includes HIV Testing, counseling and prevention services.

MAITRI Compassionate Care  

Maitri is the only residential California facility offering comprehensive end-of-life care exclusively to those living with AIDS. As longtime supporters of Maitri, AOF helps the organization meet the changing needs of Californians living with AIDS in a dignified and caring manner.

Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS)

Pets are Wonderful Support (PAWS) began as volunteers mobilized in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. With the belief that no person should have to choose between feeding themselves or their beloved pets, the volunteers created a special food bank to carry pet food and supplies

Project Open Hand

Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to seniors and the critically ill including people living with HIV/AIDS. Every day, we prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 400 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain our clients as they battle serious illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges.


Shanti Project offers a continuum of services designed to meet the practical and emotional support needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and other life threatening illnesses. Shanti's Peer-to-Peer counseling program has become a model and benchmark for other programs throughout the U.S. and other countries.



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