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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
NORTH CAROLINA: Wines, Food from Different Counties Highlight PWA Fundraiser
By Deneesha Edwards
August 20, 2013
The Dispatch (08.14.2013)

A distinctive North Carolina fundraiser will bring the taste of wines and foods from around the world while helping individuals with HIV/AIDS. Positive Wellness Alliance, a nonprofit HIV service organization, has scheduled the fourth annual “Wines of the World” to be held on Saturday, August 24, at the Lexington Municipal Club. Featured wines this year hail from Argentina, South Africa, Italy, Australia, and Spain. Paired foods will represent all meals of the day, including breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert. "It's a unique event for this area, providing the opportunity to sample multiple wines and worldly cuisines, and it all goes to benefit a fantastic agency that supports people in our own community," said Julie Meyer, Positive Wellness’s executive director. The organization supports HIV-infected and –affected people. Services include case management, counseling, outreach, and prevention education to clients ranging in age from 3 to 66 who live in four local counties: Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, and Yadkin. "Two-thirds of our clients have been battling the HIV disease over 20 years. That says medication is working. They're going to doctors and taking better care of themselves. It shows people are living productive lives," Meyer said. Tickets to the event will cost $100 for two people And will include prizes, a $1,000 raffle, and a silent auction throughout the night, which will include options to win local theater tickets, artwork, goodie baskets, merchant gift certificates, sunglasses, and gifts. Meyer said they were looking for additional sponsors and had two levels available—chardonnay for $1,000 that would include four tickets; and cabernet for $500 with two tickets.