UPDATE: $49,036 raised !


24th Annual Walk for AIDS

benefits House of Mercy

Saturday, April 22, 2017


House of Mercy, a nonprofit residence in Belmont, NC serving low-income persons living with AIDS, held its 24th Annual Walk for AIDS on Saturday, April 22nd. Approximately 300 persons participated in the walk on a beautiful spring morning to raise AIDS awareness and funds to benefit House of Mercy.


Stan Patterson, President & CEO, welcomed participants and introduced guest speakers Maggie Baucom, House of Mercy’s Board Chair, and Sister of Mercy Jill Weber, also a member of the Board. Both spoke about the impact House of Mercy has made with the help of community support. House of Mercy has been home to 327 men and women living with AIDS. Members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church carried the Walk banner for the 3 mile walk.


Following the walk through historic downtown Belmont, participants gathered on the House of Mercy grounds for a picnic lunch. DJ Buddy Love provided music and inspiration for dancing. Stan Patterson announced $47,717 was raised (surpassing our $41,500 goal) as of April 22 setting a Walk for AIDS record.The total raised has now reached $49,036!


Prizes were awarded to Team Maggie (Board Chair Maggie Baucom) for top fundraising team raising $10,000. Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church for second place team raising $6,038, and Team Palmer (Board Secretary Ellen Palmer) for third place team raising $1,740. Chantelle Hurst was top individual fundraiser, Alonzo Jones was 2nd place individual fundraiser and Margaret Mayes was 3rd place.


2017 Walk for AIDS sponsors are St. Matthew Catholic Church, Family of Doug Newton, Wells Fargo, RK T-Shirts, WSGE 91.7 fm, St. Gabriel Catholic Church, SmartWay, EMD Serono, Rodgers Builders, Gilead, CaroMont Health, BNC Bank, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and St. Aloysius Catholic Church.


House of Mercy President Stan Patterson thanked all the community partners that have supported House of Mercy since it opened on May 18, 1991, “With your generous support, we set a Walk for AIDS fundraising record of $47,717 raised. These funds will help provide a home and care for low-income persons living with AIDS at House of Mercy. Together we have significantly changed the lives of hundreds of residents and their loved ones. Thank you!”



























Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Team members

carried the 2017 Walk for AIDS banner.




A picnic lunch followed the Walk on the House of Mercy grounds.




About 300 people participated in the Walk for AIDS on April 22, 2107

(kiwi green T-shirts for Earth Day).




Dancers come in all sizes!

Thanks to DJ Buddy Love for the music.




Members of the House of Mercy Staff Cares Team

wore custom designed T-shirts with glittery red ribbons.




Gaston Family Health Services Team

gathered at the Walk for AIDS Reception.




A cold drink and hot dog lunch hits the spot after a 3-mile walk.

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Team Maggie (Captain Maggie Baucom,

House of Mercy Board Chair) won 1st prize

for team fundraising.




Chantelle Hurst (with therapy dog Cody)

won 1st prize for individual fundraiser.




House of Mercy volunteers and residents





Alonzo Jones won 2nd place for

Individual Fundraiser.




Davidson College students supported the Walk.



David Newton (L) and Mary Giguere (R) sponsored the Walk for AIDS in memory of House of Mercy resident Doug Newton.

Shirley Stowe, Director of Nursing, is center.




Lorena Bernal accepted the 2nd place award for Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Team.