SAN DIEGO–The arcHIVe project, a HIV/AIDS non-profit, is hosting its first annual Strikes Against Stigmas Bowl-a-thon on Saturday, June 9 at 2 p.m. at Kearny Mesa Bowl in San Diego. All proceeds will benefit the work and the mission of The arcHIVe project, to end the stigmas and provide education on the realities of HIV and AIDS.
Well into its second year of existence, The arcHIVe project utilizes the personal stories of those affected by HIV/AIDS. It has conducted personal interviews with those living with HIV as well as those who have been touched in some way by the disease. These interviews not only serve as a means of preserving the stories from this epidemic, they are also being used to create and support arts projects which can be used both as an educational tool and as a method for local AIDS Service Organizations to fundraise.
One such project is a photographic collection conceived of by The arcHIVe project’s founder Rodney Rodriguez and underway with the help of local photographer Chad Hirata. These photographs will capture the stories of San Diego residents who have been touched by these diseases including a local artist, a military veteran, and a family with one HIV-positive parent. The first photographs will be available for public viewing at the Strikes Against Stigmas fundraiser.
In addition to the art displays, the bowl-a-thon will also feature prizes given away during the event and a silent auction. Strikes Against Stigmas would not be possible without contributions from local businesses including Urban Mo’s, Baja Betty’s, Gossip Grill, Hillcrest Brewing Company, and Hotel Palomar San Diego and without the help of local partners including Being Alive San Diego, Claire de Lune Coffee Lounge, and the Greater San Diego Business Association.
To register for, or donate to Strikes Against Stigmas, visit www.StrikesAgainstStigmas.org.