Telluride AIDS Benefit fundraiser huge success

Telluride AIDS Benefit fundraiser huge success

IMG00623-20100813-1947 What's the point of hibernating, when the enemy is out there year 'round? The Telluride AIDS Benefit is no longer limiting its fundraising efforts to the end of February/early March. (TAB 2011 is scheduled for February 28 – March 5.)

On August 13, the nonprofit hosted a fundraiser, Intoxicating Cuisine, featuring TV lifestyle celebrity and chef Steve Spitz. Because AIDS is a global pandemic, Spitz paired wine with tapas treats from around the world. Among the taste treats: asian pork and mushroom wraps, prawns peri peri, smoked gouda and caramelized onion quesadillas with fire roasted bosc pears and serrano creme fraiche and bourbon-glazed baby back ribs. If you were not among the vibrant crowd, you are sorry.

AIDS may no longer be front page news – obesity is the new AIDS – but event patriarch, Ron Gilmer (pictured with Spitz) told the crowd the rate of infection is undiminished. So is the enthusiasm of the Telluride AIDS Benefit board and staff for preventing the spread of the disease through education and outreach and helping those affected from the Western Slope to the Front Range and all the way to Africa.

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