November 16, 2007

AIDS in Africa awareness event set

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Laura Beth Brown, M.S.N., R.N.

The Vanderbilt chapter of Face AIDS will host a benefit Dec. 3 to raise awareness about the AIDS pandemic in Africa.

Established by students at Stanford University in 2005, there are now Face AIDS chapters at 140 colleges and high schools across the United States.

The Vanderbilt benefit will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Student Life Center Ballroom.

It will feature Sankofa, Vanderbilt's African Drumming and Dance Ensemble; a talk by Tana Terry, HIV Educator for Youth at Nashville CARES; food from local restaurants; and sales of crafts made by HIV-positive women through a cooperative in Kampala, Uganda.

Tickets are $10 at the door or $12 through the Ticketmaster box office at the Sarratt Student Center. Table seating is available for groups of 10.

Proceeds will support the efforts of the national Face AIDS organization (, as well as the Vanderbilt chapter's microfinance project in Kampala, which supports the woman's cooperative.

For more information, contact chapter president Lillian Gu at