Sections of AIDS quilt on display in Fresno

The Fresno BeeDecember 5, 2013 

Jena Adams, left, HIV prevention coordinator at the county department of public health, and Tony Lane of We C.A.R.E, look over panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at the Painted Table in Fresno in observance of World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 5, 2013. The quilt began in 1987 as a memorial to those who have died of AIDS. Today, the entire quilt weights in at 54 tons and is made up with panels of more than 94,000 names. viewing of the three panels of the quilt concluded Thursday night.

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To help commemorate World AIDS Day, three sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in Fresno on Thursday.

The quilt weighs 54 tons and includes nearly 50,000 fabric panels dedicated to people who are struggling with or have died from AIDS. Sections of the quilt are displayed at almost 1,000 locations each year.

A few of the panels will be shown at The Painted Table restaurant in central Fresno from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free.

World AIDS Day is celebrated each year on Dec. 1 as a way to honor those affected by HIV and AIDS and to raise awareness about the disease.

The quilt is a memorial to more than 94,000 people who have lost their lives to AIDS. Sections of the handmade quilt travel the world for educational purposes and to assist local organizations with fund-raising.

The Fresno event is sponsored by Community Action Council for HIV and AIDS.

For more information about the event or to learn more about HIV/AIDS, contact Jena Adams (559) 600-3434) at the Fresno County Department of Public Health.

Details:

What: AIDS Memorial Quilt display and event

When: Thursday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: The Painted Table, 1211 N. Wishon Ave.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6412, hfurfaro@fresnobee.com or @hannahfurfaro on Twitter.

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