By RICK SUTTON
Next month, the Indy area gets to gather once again for the social event of the fall season: the Damien Center’s Grand Masquerade. But are you aware of its significance?
The Oct. 22 gala is certainly entertaining. But all the fun has a serious purpose: support of Damien, one of the nation’s oldest and best AIDS service organizations. It’ll be the 29th event of its kind; a huge 30th-year bash is already being planned for 2017.
Damien is a gem in our midst. Its mission is pure, its budget stretched to the breaking point, and it’s been an oasis of common-sense health care for almost three decades. Its bulging-at-the-seems center on the near-east side of Indianapolis is only about a decade old – in that location. Its earlier (unlikely) location, behind Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral on the near-north side, saw thousands of clients walk through its doors over the years, all treated with the same dignity and respect today’s Damien clients receive.
That’s because Damien’s dedicated staff and board have made it their singular mission, for almost 30 years, to provide quality health care and allied services. It’s not easy.
Consider donating to the Damien Center by purchasing tickets for the Grand Masquerade. Or, go to www.damien.org and donate, sign up to volunteer, or both.
Damien provides wrap-around services for its clients for one major reason: a full menu of help, is the best prescription for its clients. There’s a food bank; social workers; testing, of course; and the kind of supportive environment that lifts us all.
Elsewhere in this edition, you’ll find a more in-depth story about the Damien Center and the Masquerade. Both valuable assets in our community.
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