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AIDS Assistance Program gets $100,000 grant

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) has received a matching $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo Foundation in support of its annual “Angel Program” fundraising drive.

Tim Hanlon, President of Wells Fargo Foundation, gave the good news to AAP CEO Mark Anton, who says the funds will be used to support the organization’s food voucher program, which helps feed more than 500 people per month.

“I am hopeful that this generous and much needed donation will encourage others to follow in the philanthropic steps of Wells Fargo Foundation, which has been a steadfast and constant supporter and partner for many years,” Anton said. “Thanks to this support, we are able to carry on our mission of feeding people who need assistance. Wells Fargo Foundation is an outstanding example of what it truly means to be charitable.”

All funds generated through the Angel Program help contribute to the $50,000 needed each month to continue those services. The organization encourages new supporters, and appreciates those members who have remained dedicated to the Angel Program throughout the years. With the generosity of organizations like Wells Fargo Foundation and private donors, AAP has distributed more than $8.5 million dollars to the local HIV/AIDS community. AAP receives no federal or state funding, and currently has a wait list of more than 200 eligible clients.

Since its founding in 1991, AIDS Assistance Program of Palm Springs remains dedicated to providing nutritional support to improve the quality of the lives of those surviving HIV/AIDS. Initiated by a small group of concerned citizens, led by the late Gloria Greene, Jeannette Rockefeller, and Joanna Jakway, AAP provided meals to members of the community with low incomes and suffering with HIV/AIDS. Since then, the AAP client roster has grown from approximately 20 to more than 500 people.

For more information about AAP, or for an invitation to the Oct. 14 Angel Program kickoff event, please call 760-325-8481 or visit HERE.