HIV/AIDS

Eileen Koteras Elibol / WNED|WBFO

The annual Artie Awards, which honors the best of Buffalo theater, isn't just an excuse to get dressed up for a fun night on the town. It also serves a greater purpose and this year, that purpose was to raise funds for ECMC's HIV/AIDS and Immunodeficiency Clinic.

The State Health Department says there are around 3,500 people living in Buffalo who are infected with HIV. Of those, 3,000 have been tested and diagnosed.


Organizers say their event combines two of the region's shared pleasures: eating and giving. The annual Dining Out for Life takes place Tuesday at dozens of area restaurants. Rob Baird of the event's sponsor, Evergreen Health Services, expects over 12,000 people to dine at participating restaurants.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Artie Awards and theater community raised $20,000 for ECMC's HIV/AIDS and Immunodeficiency Services. WNED-WBFO were presenters of the 27th annual Artie Awards held June 5th. Artie Awards Founder and WBFO's Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase presented the check to ECMC Monday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says ECMC provides key HIV-AIDS services through its clinic.