For fun and socializing in Atlanta, you can’t beat a Joining Hearts event. From their annual tea dance to their famous July pool party, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And when you buy a ticket, you know that 100% of the price goes to helping persons affected by HIV/AIDS. How do they achieve this? Read on….
Joining Hearts was formed over 25 years ago by a group of a dozen friends. Each of them made a one-hundred dollar investment to help underwrite the cost of a party in Atlanta with all proceeds going to help people with HIV/AIDS.
|Joining Hearts September 2014: Wes Berry, John Baird, Michael Vorndran, Jeremiah Lawson, Brent Elum, Rakesh Parekh, Cory Jobe, Jerry Henderson, and Kevin Kelly (Photo: Dan Lax)|
Over their 25+ year history, Joining Hearts has donated more than $1,974,500.00 to their beneficiaries, including Jerusalem House. Their funding impacts the lives of our residents in myriad ways, including helping us maintain the physical integrity of our residential programs.
Their first event was held in 1987 at the Golden Key Club. It raised close to $10,000, but more importantly the community’s awareness toward HIV/AIDS was heightened. The following year, more people wanted to be a part of Joining Hearts and from that enthusiasm the tradition of the annual Joining Hearts event began. After the first year, the original committee decided that proceeds should not just benefit HIV/AIDS awareness, but the committee instead chose to designate the funds to meet the more critical need of people living with HIV/AIDS in Atlanta — housing.
They are Atlanta’s oldest HIV/AIDS fundraiser and guarantee that 100% of event tips and ticket sales are donated directly to help maintain homes for people living with HIV/AIDS in Atlanta.
Each year, their host committee makes personal contributions to defray costs. Local businesses provide sponsorships and pitch in with cash contributions and items such as decorations, food, flowers and other party essentials.
Their events have grown in number, size, scope and reputation. They have become one of the most well known HIV/AIDS non-profits in Atlanta, and have previously earned the distinction of “Best Special Night/Benefit” by the local media.
Jerusalem House relies on Joining Hearts donations to help maintain the integrity of our residential programs. Many of the individuals and families in our programs sleep in safe and secure housing each night due to their generosity.