20th Annual Walk for AIDS
Raises over $40,000 to date for House of Mercy
One Voice Chorus sang a beautiful version of the national anthem to kick off the event. Stan Patterson, House of Mercy President, and Maggie Baucom, House of Mercy's Board Chair, welcomed participants and honored the service of the late John Capps, MD who served as Medical Director of House of Mercy in the early 1990s and also as a Board Member. Sister Jill Weber spoke about Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy and her mission to serve the poor and sick. House of Mercy continues her mission by providing compassionate care for persons living with AIDS. Since its founding in 1991 by the Sisters of Mercy, House of Mercy has been home to almost 300 men and women living with AIDS.
Following the 3-mile walk through historic downtown Belmont, walkers gathered on the House of Mercy grounds for a picnic lunch. DJ Buddy Love provided music and inspiration for dancing. Stan Patterson announced $39,491 had been raised to support services at House of Mercy. Prizes were awarded to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, top fundraising team, and to Scott Cloninger, top individual fundraiser (raised $1,860). South Charlotte Associates for the Sisters of Mercy was 2nd place fundraising team; Knights of Columbus #11076 Team was 3rd place fundraising team and "Walking for Dr. Capps" team came in 4th place. Keith and Tobey Lowe came in 2nd place for individual fundraisers. House of Mercy extends a heartfelt thanks to all who helped in this effort.
View more pics from our 20th Anniversary Walk for AIDS at YouTube link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIMMHCnBk8A
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