We are asking for donations for the Living AIDS Memorial Garden Improvement Project. The project is our recommitment of our mission to establish and maintain a garden in memory of those who have died of AIDS, and to provide a place of reflection for those who are living with AIDS, and for those who are survivors.
The Living AIDS Memorial Garden was established in 1998. The Garden is on the corner of Washington Street East and Sidney Avenue, Charleston, West Virginia. The Garden is located in the beautiful Historic East End and is one block from the Capitol Complex. The Living AIDS Memorial Garden is not only a beautification project; it is a visible AIDS/HIV awareness project. The Garden serves West Virginia and also serves the Mid-Atlantic States.
The charitable 501(c)3 organization, Living AIDS Memorial Garden, Inc. maintains the Garden. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by IRS regulations. Donors should consult with their tax professionals.
The centerpiece of the improvement project is the “Red Ribbon” sculpture. The red ribbon is the international symbol of AIDS/HIV awareness. The two above illustrations are the sculptor’s renderings of this work of art. This metal sculpture will be ten feet in height and will be visible from Washington Street East and Sidney Avenue. The noted sculptor of the “Red Ribbon” is Jeff Fetty of Spencer, West Virginia. Mr. Fetty is locally known for the daffodil sculptures at the CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital, Charleston, WV.
The other elements of the improvement project are the following: the repair of the wood tables and benches, the installation of new armrests at the benches, renovations of the decorative post lamps to LED lights, the pruning of the middle tree, the installation of new signs, the installation of new wrought iron fencing at the back of the Garden, the installation of sod and the installation of new speakers and sound system.
The Garden comprised of a brick walkway with imprinted bricks that begins at Washington Street East and ends at Sidney Avenue. On the east side of walkway is the Wildflower Garden and on the west side of the Garden is the Rose Garden. Brick borders with imprinted bricks enclosed the Wildflower Garden and the Rose Garden. The imprinted bricks are memorials, recognitions of Garden friends and personal passages. Donors may still donate for an imprinted brick. For information on donating for an imprinted brick, please see the Garden’s website: www.livingaidsmemorialgarden.org or click on the Garden’s “tree” logo at the top of this page.
The above video is a trailer of an upcoming documentary entitled, “For The Living” directed and produced by Roger Banks of Morgantown, West Virginia. The documentary is about the Living AIDS Memorial Garden and the AIDS/HIV pandemic in West Virginia. Roger Banks, Geert Bakker, Leslie Bakker, Jay Adams, Christine Teague, Lynne Sandy, Bob Rosier, Eileen Maroney, Jeff Pierson, Bruce Severino and Carl Maxwell are in the video, in order of appearance.