Since its founding in1987 when Zen teacher, Issan Dorsey took in a homeless student dying of AIDS during the height of the epidemic, Maitri Compassionate Care has provided end-of-life and respite care to over 1,000 low-income San Franciscans debilitated by late-stage AIDS. Over the past 25 years, great strides have been made in the treatment of HIV/AIDS but the unique care provided by Maitri continues – in 2011, 9% of AIDS deaths in San Francisco occurred at Maitri. And in spite of recent federal government funding reductions to HIV service organizations, Maitri is committed to continue its mission to ensure that “no one should suffer or die alone”.
Maitri commemorates its 25th year as California’s only AIDS-exclusive hospice at its Silver Anniversary gala fundraiser, BLISS, taking place on Saturday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the W San Francisco Hotel. Honorary Hosts, Senator Mark Leno, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener and San Francisco Mayoral Appointee, Bevan Dufty, will open the evening’s program emceed by international fashion designer and author, Carmen Marc Valvo and local award-winning humanitarian, Donna Sachet. Wade Preston of Broadway’s Movin’Out and San Francisco chanteuse, Connie Champagne headline the evening’s entertainment. A fashion show of Carmen Marc Valvo gowns, a silent auction and what promises to be an exuberant live auction with auctioneer extraordinaire, Lenny Broberg will keep the evening lively and fun. Other event features include a raffle, a Beauty Bar, a Magnolia Photo Booth, a History Wall/Ritual Area and Caricatures by Zach.
Guests will savor delicious fare provided by the W San Francisco Hotel, special signature cocktails courtesy of Blue Angel Vodka and other treats.