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) setting a Walk for AIDS record.
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, Alonza 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!”