Ceremony at AIDS Quilt in Lincoln City on Sat., Sept. 6 at 3 pm‏

Roman Cortez had the help of his 5th grade class in creating a panel for his mother, Nikki who died from AIDS in September 1998. Together they created a panel that included Nikki’s favorite things including her love of music, picnics in the mountains and of course, shooting hoops with Roman. The students also planned carefully to include a shade of Nikki’s favorite color purple in every section of the panel.

Roman Cortez had the help of his 5th grade class in creating a panel for his mother, Nikki who died from AIDS in September 1998. Together they created a panel that included Nikki’s favorite things including her love of music, picnics in the mountains and of course, shooting hoops with Roman. The students also planned carefully to include a shade of Nikki’s favorite color purple in every section of the panel.

Next weekend is the annual Oregon Coast Pride Celebration.  This year there will again be a display of panels from the national AIDS Quilt, to be held at Liberty Inn near the Casino in Lincoln City.  One of the panels will honor Lincoln County residents and will have special meaning for many in our community. 

PFLAG Oregon Central Coast recently received a grant from Levi Strauss to promote HIV/AIDS prevention, especially among young people in Lincoln County.  The initial activity of our LEVI Grant will be held next Saturday, Sept. 6 at 3 pm at Liberty Inn at the display of panels from the AIDS Quilt.  Area government and education officials as well as Levi staff members have been invited to attend a short ceremony commemorating those honored by the Quilt. 

We hope you will be able to attend this brief, but important, ceremony to honor those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and to pledge our communities to the hard work of education and prevention.

Jeanne St. John & Ineka Estabrook, Co-Chairs
PFLAG Oregon Central Coast