RICHMOND-ERMET FOUNDATION Overview
Programs: REAF receives no government funding and each year, corporate sponsorship becomes more and more difficult to obtain and AIDS becomes less of a priority for other private souces.
REAF produces various fundraising programs and has distributed over $2 million to over 30 different AIDS agencies over the past 12 years.
Each summer, "Help is on the Way" is produced featuring music by classic American and Broadway composers. Events feature stars from Broadway, film, television and the best of Bay Area talent, all of whom donate their time and talent. The event features gala receptions for corporate sponsors and higher level ticket buyers and extensive silent and live auctions. Five to ten beneficiaries have been selected to receive funds from this event, depending on the size of the theatre utilized.
In early December, we produce a second musical concert event called "Help is on the Way for the Holidays," now in its eith year. It features a gala dessert reception with the cast following the performance for sponsors and high level ticket buyers, as well as a pre-performance silent auction. It features music that reflects the spirit of the holidays - love, care and compassion.
Throughout the year, as touring Broadway shows come to San Francisco, we work with these shows to produce "One Night Only" performances which feature the show casts performing music of their own choosing (not from their show). These are held in various smaller, more intimate theaters and also feature mini silent auctions and dessert parties with the casts following the performances for sponsors and higher level ticket buyers. REAF generally chooses between 2 and 4 touring casts to work with depending on tour dates and lengths in San Francisco.
REAF also provides tickets for each of these events for persons with HIV through the beneficiary agencies.