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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Gifts Bespeak AIDS Impact
Bryant, Susan E.
May 11, 1992
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.