April 23, 2014 | by Steve Charing
AIRS celebrates 25th anniversary
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AIDS Interfaith Residential Services was founded in 1987 by the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council as the faith community’s response to the AIDS epidemic.

AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS) will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a fundraising gala at the M&T Pavilion and the Hippodrome Theatre on Saturday. The organization was founded in 1987 (IRS established AIRS as a 501c-3 in 1989) by the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council as the faith community’s response to the AIDS epidemic. The first Don Miller House, which opened in 1988, served four men with end-stage AIDS.

Through strategic planning and community support, during the last 25 years AIRS has expanded its programming to provide vital services to the most vulnerable populations throughout Baltimore City and county. Programs and services include subsidized housing, assistance accessing healthcare, job training and placement and support for disabled individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS and other disabilities.

Included at the gala will be a performance of “West Side Story.”  A cocktail reception and dinner will take place between 5-8 p.m., and the show will be presented at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $200 per person for general admission and can be purchased by calling 410-576-5070, ext. 31 or visiting Airsevents.com. Proceeds will benefit City Steps, an AIRS program that supports projects for homeless at-risk youth.

For more information about AIRS, please visit airshome.org.

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