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Here’s how gay Atlanta can ‘Party with Impact’

Annual fundraising party with beloved client-centered healthcare organization Positive Impact Health Centers celebrates 25 years in Atlanta.

By Matthew Holley

It was 25 years ago that some gay caregiving professionals noticed that even as improvement in medical care came, no one was treating the mental affects of HIV and AIDS. Enter Positive Impact Health Centers, which has been serving Atlanta’s HIV-positive population ever since.

Ultimately expanding to help eliminate the risk of HIV transmission, the organization features an extensive assortment of programs in the areas of community outreach, free HIV and STD testing, counseling for groups and individuals, prevention and education services, substance abuse treatment, internship programs and its most recent program, MISTER—Men’s Information Services: Testing Empowerment Resources, a community center for gay and bisexual men.

In 2015, Positive Impact and another long-standing AIDS service organization, AID Gwinnett, became one. The merger allows the reimagined Positive Impact Health Centers to soar to new heights and access an even broader database, all solely catering to its core mission to help local people with HIV.

In honor of Positive Impact Health Centers’ influence on the LGBT community of greater Atlanta, the organization cordially invites all allies, friends and loved ones to celebrate the past, present and future of Positive Impact Health Centers for one night at the Center for Civil and Human Rights on Sunday Dec. 11.

A lavish VIP reception commences at 6:30 p.m., before the main event opens up for all attendees to come together at 7:30 p.m. Randy Gue, Curator of Modern Political & Historical Collections at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose MARBL (Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library), is scheduled as the evening’s keynote speaker.

Notably, the library from which Gue hails houses the records of Positive Impact Health Centers among a slew of other gay history documents and records kept for posterity. Of its areas of interest, MARBL has been fiercely dedicated to documenting Atlanta’s response to HIV/AIDS.

Gue is an advocate for the gay community and well-versed in Southern politics. He has been a long-time MARBL archivist with a deep passion for historic marks on time such as the agency’s very own 25-year anniversary.

While Gue immortalizes Positive Impact Health Centers with his discourse, bubbles will flow and scrumptious delights and delectables will be served a la Wolfgang Puck Catering. Guests may in doubly look forward to indulging in Wolfgang classic concoctions and reinventions. Set in a mingling atmosphere, attendees will also be privy to all of The Center’s galleries and exhibits.

In the coming days leading up to the festivities, organizers encourage anyone interested in aiding the celebration to become a 25th-year Ambassador. Those sponsors of their ongoing work are those willing to devote time and effort on behalf of Positive Impact Health Centers.

By reaching out to your respected networks, Ambassadors can collect donations with the goal of $2,500 each. As a thank you for these individual’s commitment to Ambassador outreach, each will receive a 25th Year Commemorative pin; Entry into a kick-off brunch party with Jim Sacco; Name listed in 25th-year event program; Tickets to the VIP reception & main event; an Ambassador name tag; and Name placement on the Positive Impact Health Centers website.

Party With Impact takes place on Sunday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Civil & Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd. NW.

Photo courtesy Project Q.

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