Basic NWFL raises money for HIV with Red Tie Ball

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The community came together Saturday night to raise money for people living with HIV.

The Red Tie Ball was held to raise money for people living with HIV. (WJHG/WECP)

Basic NWFL held its Fifth Annual Red Tie Ball Saturday at the Edgewater Resort Conference Center. An auction was held to raise money, and everyone wore red to support the ball.

Quilts made by family members of loved ones lost to HIV were hanging on the walls to commemorate them.

Event organizers said spreading awareness of HIV is key to getting rid of the virus forever.

Valerie Mincey, the President & CEO of Basic NWFL, said, "Stigma does not help anyone. People living with HIV are still people. Stigma has to stop, this can happen to anyone. HIV does not care who you are, what you do, what your social-economic status is, or what your age is."

The ball also celebrated Basic's 30th anniversary.

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