Academy of Friends adds philanthropic touch
to 78th Annual Oscar Academy of Awards
Last year's grand prize raffle winner won this Mercedes Benz
March 1, 2006
San Francisco's Show of Shows encores again Sunday as regional
philantrophists and popcorn crunchers converge on the Concourse
Exhition for the 78th
Annual Academy Awards.
Hosted by the Academy
of Friends for the 26th year, this year's mega performance
continues the tradition of raising funds for HIV and AIDS service
organizations. The group has donated $5.5 million to the effort.
The Rubies & Rhine Stones 26th Annual Gala Event runs from
5:00 p.m. to midnight.
purchases and Gala
Raffle Entries are still available.
Friends of Academy purpose and background is detailed from
its website below
Wondering what makes AOF tick? To understand better the lights
that guide our way, read on ...
To be an exemplary model of volunteerism and fundraising that
has a significant impact in the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS,
until the epidemic has passed.
Academy of Friends annually produces the world's premier Academy
Awards Night Charity Gala as the centerpiece of its efforts to
raise funds granted to a diverse set of HIV/AIDS direct care and
prevention education agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Academy
of Friends is a credible steward through which individual donors
and corporations contribute to such agencies, And these Beneficiary
agencies receive funds based on their proven ability to reach,
meet the needs of, and have the greatest impact on those most
affected by HIV/AIDS.
As an exemplary model of volunteerism and fundraising, Academy
of Friends engages and includes an ever-widening circle of friends,
and embarks on a concerted effort to expand its reach and diversity
to increase broader community awareness of and financial support
for those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Academy of Friends is committed to continue its work until the
pandemic has passed.
Values Creativity: Producing innovative and exciting events,
AOF finds new ways of engaging friends to help those in need.
Volunteerism: Knowing that none of us is as strong as all of
us, we value the contributions of each volunteer, and recognize
that we could not exist without them.
Partnership: Harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of many, AOF
and our beneficiaries grow ever stronger. Forging mutually beneficial
relationships is a cornerstone of this organization.
Respect: Holding our constituents in high regard, we honor the
dignity of each individual, and fight for those who might otherwise
be left behind.
Diversity: Mirroring the population we serve, AOF strives to
include members of every unique community. This is reflected in
our beneficiary selection, event production, and organizational
Philanthropy: Funding the frontline against HIV/AIDS, we support
those direct care and prevention education agencies throughout
the Bay Area who are in greatest need.
Integrity: Following this set of guiding principles, AOF works
toward a common purpose, matching our actions to our aspirations.
History and Key Facts
Academy of Friends was founded in 1980 by Kile Ozier as a small,
private Oscar Night party---twenty-five friends, some great food,
lots of champagne, and plenty of Awards Night glamour. Over subsequent
years, the party became an HIV/AIDS fundraiser, a reaction to
the toll HIV was taking on the local community. Today, AOF is
one of the largest contributors to HIV/AIDS services organizations
in the Bay Area. Through the generosity of individual Underwriters,
gala ticket buyers, volunteers, and corporate donors, Academy
of Friends supports the vital work of organizations providing
critical services to those living with HIV and AIDS. Until the
pandemic has passed, we are deeply committed to raising funds
by presenting quality, responsible events.
The Academy of Friends Academy Awards® Night Gala is the
crown jewel of our fundraising efforts. Each year, our guests
are treated to gourmet food and wine provided by the Bay Area's
finest restaurants, caterers and vintners, while enjoying the
excitement of the annual Academy Awards broadcast. The evening
concludes with a colossal dance party.
The 25th Annual Academy of Friends Gala, held on February 27th,
2005, distributed $500,000 to Bay Area HIV/AIDS service organizations,
touching the lives of nearly 200,000 people of every race, gender
and socioeconomic background.
To date, Academy of Friends has distributed nearly $5.5 million
to more than 60 AIDS service agencies.
As we celebrate our 26th year, we cordially invite you to join
us for our Academy Awards Night Gala on March 5, 2006.