Project Runway’s Jack Mackenroth to Emcee Philadelphia World AIDS Day Event

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Project Runway's Jack Mackenroth
Project Runway's Jack Mackenroth

World AIDS Day is December 1, which means it is right around the corner. AIDS Fund is partnering with Broad Street Ministry and Sapphire Fund for a free event. The emcee will be Jack Mackenroth, a former contestant on the television show Project Runway.

Mackenroth has partnered with Merck & Co. for an educational HIV campaign called “Living Positive By Design”. In this program, Mackenroth shares his perspective as someone who has lived with HIV for more than 20 years via a series of local events in partnership with HIV and AIDS community organizations. More information on Living Positive By Design is available at www.LivingPositiveByDesign.com.

The Philadelphia World AIDS Day event will feature visual art displays, artistic performances, commemorative ceremonies, and free HIV counseling and rapid tests (such HIV tests provide results in 20 minutes). Information about HIV and AIDS services in the Philadelphia region will also be available. Also included is a free dinner for all guests. There will be performances from the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, Smoke, Lilies and Jade, and more.

An estimated 30,000 people in the Philadelphia region are currently living with HIV. Approximately 1.1 million people are believed to be living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. today. Come out and take advantage of this free event to get tested and learn more about what how you can help Philadelphians living with HIV.

The event is being held at Broad Street Ministry (located at 315 S. Broad St.) on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Visit www.aidsfundphilly.org or call 215-731-9255 for more information.

As a side note, Rev. Bill Golderer of Broad Street Ministry stresses that while the venue for this event is a church hall, this event is strictly a secular one.

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