19th annual Walk for AIDS raises $25,700 for House of Mercy
BELMONT — House of Mercy, a nonprofit residence in Belmont serving low-income people living with AIDS, held its 19th Walk for AIDS on April 14. Approximately 200 people participated in the walk on a beautiful spring morning to raise AIDS awareness and more than $25,000 to benefit House of Mercy.
One Voice Chorus sang a beautiful version of the national anthem to kick off the event. Maggie Baucom, House of Mercy's board chairwoman, welcomed participants and introduced guest speakers Sister Jill Weber and Honorary Walk Chairwoman Anjanette Flowers. Both spoke about the impact House of Mercy has made with the help of community support. House of Mercy has provided a home to 285 men and women living with AIDS.
Participants took part in a three-mile walk through historic downtown Belmont, then gathered on the House of Mercy grounds for a picnic lunch afterwards. DJ Buddy Love provided music and inspiration for dancing. Stan Patterson announced that more than $25,700 had been raised to support services at House of Mercy.
Prizes were awarded to South Charlotte Mercy Associates, the top fundraising team, and to Scott Cloninger, the top individual fundraiser. Catechism students from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church came in second place as a fundraising team; Knights of Columbus/Queen of the Apostles came in third place as a fundraising team. Kristy Grouse was awarded second place in the individual fundraiser category. House of Mercy extends a heartfelt thanks to all who helped in this effort.
Sponsors providing financial support for the event include Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (South Central Community), PSS World Medical, Gilead Sciences, RK T-Shirts, Janssen Therapeutics, Wells Fargo, Q-Notes, and WSGE 91.7 fm radio. Also providing financial support were John Capps MD, Carolinas HealthCare System, Dermatologic Laser Center, Bob Hull Jr., CMG – Infectious Disease Associates, Mast Long Term Care Pharmacy, Merck & Company, Metropolitan Community Church of Charlotte, One Voice Chorus, POZ I AM, EMD Serono and ScarfCart.com.
For additional information and photos from the Walk for AIDS, see www.thehouseofmercy.org.
Pictured above: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church members led several hundred participants down Main Street in Belmont for House of Mercy's 19th annual Walk for AIDS. (Photo provided by Marjorie Storch)
— Marjorie Storch, House of Mercy's Director of Development
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