Las Cruces Sun-News (08.16.2013)
The 15th annual Las Cruces, N.M., Red Ribbon Bash, with the theme “Top Hats and Stilettos,” will take place on August 24 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. The event will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m. followed by a formal dinner at 7:00 p.m. The program will include live music by the Liars, a well-known local band, and a silent auction. The Red Ribbon Bash is an annual fundraiser for the Southern New Mexico Aid and Comfort Program, a volunteer organization that helps HIV-infected persons in 13 New Mexico counties. The organization functions in partnership with the Department of Health and the New Mexico Community Foundation and assists with items not covered by any other federal or state organization, such as glasses and dental and prescription co-pays for people with HIV/AIDS. The New Mexico Department of Health reported 137 new HIV infections for 2012, the second year new infection rates declined. At the end of 2011, New Mexico reported 3,468 residents with HIV/AIDS. For more information about the Red Ribbon Bash, visit www.redribbonbash.org or phone (575) 993–2121.