AIDS Candlelight Memorial

    May 19, 2014 @ 1:00 am – 2:30 am
    Himmel Park amphitheater
    1000 North Tucson Boulevard
    Tucson, AZ 85716
    Southern Az Aids Foundation
    (520) 628-SAAF (7223)


    The 32nd International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will be commemorated worldwide on Sunday May 18, 2014. This year’s local event will take place at Himmel Park from 6:00-7:30pm.  This is a free event and open to the public.

    This year’s event will include a multi-faith blessing; performances; a moment of silence; reading of the names of those lost to HIV/AIDS; and a symbolic candle lighting

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Very moving ceremony (as always) at tonight’s candlelight memorial for “love & compassion, advocacy & action” re: HIV/AIDS. Reveille/Desert Voices performed a # of songs, and Curt Beall sang his song “I’ll Remember You” as the Aids ribbon was displayed. Keynote speaker Dr. Heather Moroso remembered her friend Jeremy Isa who recently lost his 6 year battle with AIDS. Numerous people (including me) called out the names of those we have lost to AIDS. Tonight’s service was also in memory of Dr. Jean Baker, who lost her son Gary to Aids in 1989.


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