Richmond Times-Disatch (05/11/92), P. B5
Richmond, Va. companies are beginning to respond to the AIDS epidemic.
More than 30 area businesses have donated $60,000 within three months for
the national tour of "Heart Strings," a musical benefit that raises money
for local AIDS organizations. About 60 percent of the corporate
donations are first time occurrences. Business donations have doubled
from the $27,000 donated in 1990 when the same tour stopped in Richmond,
said Clarke Plaxco, chairman of corporate and contributor sales for Heart
Strings. Another 80 businesses have donated goods or services, said
Plaxco. The Heart Strings presentation tells stories of people with AIDS
and their families and friends. The 25-city tour also includes the NAMES
Project AIDS Memorial quilt, which lists 10,000 names of the Americans
who have died from AIDS in the past decade. Heart Strings raised more
than $110,000 in 1990, in addition to corporate donations. Plaxco said
this year the tour is expected to raise about $155,000.