Saratoga Luau to Help Fight HIV/AIDS

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CAPITAL REGION, NY (07/08/2008)(readMedia)-- The AIDS Council of Northeastern New York is proud to host the 18th Annual Benefit in Saratoga on Sunday, July 27 from 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM at the majestic Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, New York. This year will feature a festive Luau, Polynesian fire dancers, Hawaiian buffet, tropical cocktails and live auction. The AIDS Council will be raising critical funds and awareness for HIV prevention programs and essential services to those living with HIV/AIDS throughout the region.

More than 60,000 Americans will test positive for HIV this year and there is still no cure for this devastating disease. Locally, the AIDS Council works tirelessly to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in Northeastern New York. New York State has the highest rate of infection of any state in the US and 6 New Yorkers die each day from the disease. The AIDS Council's 18th Annual Benefit in Saratoga is even more essential due to cuts in the New York State budget for programs that provide services for people living with HIV/AIDS throughout Northeastern New York.

Event tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 518.434.4686 ext. 2499. Specially- priced tickets are available for those under age 35.

More than 300 guests are expected to attend including many politicians, local business and community leaders such as Honorary Committee Co-Chairs Sheryl and Barry K. Schwartz, Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson, Senator Neil D. Breslin, Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, Neil and Jane Golub, Mayor Gerald D. Jennings, Jane and Wallace Altes and Benita Zahn, among many others.

Sponsors of the event include Rueckert Advertising, HSBC Bank, Jaeger & Flynn Associates, Brigar-Xpress Solutions, KeyBank, Casswood Insurance Agency, Prime Care Physicians, Sandy Hill Foundation, SEFCU and Trustco Bank.


The AIDS Council of Northeastern New York is a not-for-profit human service agency whose mission is to reduce the risk, fear, and incidence of HIV infection, encourage the independence of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and promote understanding of their needs. In operation for over 24 years, the AIDS Council is the preeminent provider of AIDS services in a fifteen county region in Upstate New York with offices in Albany, Glens Falls, Hudson, Plattsburgh, Schenectady and Troy. For more information about the AIDS Council, please visit