OSF raises $110,000 for AIDS charities

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2012 Daedalus Project, an annual fundraiser for programs that fight AIDS/HIV, raised a record $110,000.

The new record included $58,597 from the afternoon play reading and evening variety show, and $21,260 from the underwear parade, held during intermission of the evening event, the festival announced in a news release. Money also was raised with sales of lemonade, T-shirts and pesto; a bake sale throughout the day and evening; an arts and treasures sale; and a 5K run.

The money will be distributed to local, regional, national and international charitable organizations.

Alan F. Collins AIDS Project at OnTrack Inc. in Medford will get $57,000. Oregon HIV Alliance, serving Josephine, Douglas, Coos and Curry counties, will get $16,000. Siskiyou County HIV/AIDS Foundation will get $12,000. G.R.A.C.E. USA, which raises money for community-based programs addressing AIDS and other issues in Kenya, will get $10,000, and Africare, a program serving all of sub-Saharan Africa, will get $5,000. Strength for the Journey will get $2,500, and the remaining $7,500 was transferred to OSF's Rex Rabold Fund, used to assist company members facing life threatening illnesses where insurance is not available.

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