Monthly Musings from THP's Executive Director  
 
"Instructions for living a life.  
Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it." 
~ Mary Oliver 
 
Sometimes there are moments at THP that are so powerful that they take my breath away. I had such a moment a few weeks ago in the midst of the wonderful chaos that is Dining for Friends season.

I learned that one of our longtime supporters, Harold Carpenter, had passed away at the age of 88. Harold was a soft spoken and graceful man who had hosted a Dining for Friends party almost every year since the beginning of the event.

Harold had lived at Well Spring Retirement Community for the past 18 years and when he became too ill to host his party, some residents took it over for him.

It made me very sad that Harold didn't live to see the 25th Annual Dining for Friends.

Later that same day, I got an email from my friend, Amy Brown, Director of eLearning at Guilford Technical Community College. Amy's birthday always falls on or around Dining for Friends each May and she has graciously turned her birthday party into a DFF party the past few years.

Last year, Amy adopted a beautiful baby boy named Jules so I figured her party hosting days were behind her for a while.

Amy was contacting me to let me know that she was going to host a "virtual" Dining for Friends party where friends could "gather" online and watch a video of Jules eating spaghetti. She registered the party in Jules' name, making him the youngest DFF host ever.

You may not want to invite Jules over to your house for spaghetti just yet but I dare you to watch his video and not grin your face off. 
Addison Ore, 
Executive Director

And then it hit me - Harold and Jules - and the scope and impact of this remarkable event we call Dining for Friends. Because of the work Harold and so many countless others have put into fighting this epidemic in Guilford County for so many years, Jules may some day live in a world without HIV/AIDS.

That is the promise of hope that you bring with you each year when you attend Dining for Friends.

Heartfelt thanks, 

 

 

   

The 25th Annual Dining for Friends - Unforgettable!
Whether this is your first time hosting or your 25th, you will definitely want to be a part of this historic milestone! Click here to register your party online.

So many historic Dining for Friends parties are underway and we can't thank our hosts and supporters enough for their generosity. Be sure you join us for the Grand Dessert Finale on May 17th!

We'll be kicking things off an hour earlier at 8 p.m. at the Terrace at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex with an evening that will be unforgettable. Join us for delicious desserts from all of the best restaurants, cafes, bakeries and caterers in the Triad. This year, we'll be dancing the night away to the music stylings of the hit band Sol Fusion! Check them out!
Sol Fusion performs Stevie Wonder LIVE
Sol Fusion performs Stevie Wonder LIVE

It will be an Unforgettable night of celebration and commemoration, honoring the many lives touched by HIV/AIDS, and celebrating the gift of community standing together to keep Triad Health Project's legacy of compassionate care strong - for as long as it takes.
 
 
 
 
 
 We would  like to thank our Presenting Sponsor, Replacements, Ltd. and our Signature Dessert Sponsor, Cheesecakes by Alex!
 
THP Honor Roll
This spring, THP has been lucky to have 4 fabulous interns who are all graduating! 

Lydia Long
NC A&T/UNCG MSW 

Bridget Thomas
UNCG MPH

DeRon Waller
UNCG PSC

Chase Ward
ELON HSS
Lydia has been with  us as a THP Case Management Intern for the past two semesters, successfully managing her own client caseload.Bridget has been with us as a THP Prevention and Education Intern for the Spring semester, where she facilitated community education events and testing / counseling.DeRon has been with us for the Spring semester as a THP Development Intern, where he has  researched grants, coordinated volunteers, and assisted with DFF.Chase has been with us for the Spring semester as a THP Development Intern, where he acoordinated dessert donations for DFF, grant research, and special projects.

Cooking with Ninevah
Do you remember your grandmother's pound cake... rich, evenly textured, with just a hint of vanilla, lemon or coconut flavoring? I always tried to get a piece with lots of the thin, crispy crust that barely broke when the fork cut through for my first bite. One way to make that pound cake even better is to top it with this delicious fruit compote. It is so simple to make that you can make it about 20 minutes before serving to give it time to cool just enough to "embrace" your favorite pound cake....or if you don't have time to make pound cake, this fruit compote is great on vanilla ice cream, too. Enjoy!

Apple and Dried Fruit Compote 
Ingredients  
2 firm apples, washed, cored and cut into ¼ inch wide slices with peel remaining (Fuji or Granny Smith recommended)
¼ cup dried tart cherries or cranberries
2 Tablespoon unsalted butter
¼ cup granulated sugar
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, divided (or to taste)

Directions
Heat butter in a heavy skillet until the foam subsides. Add the apples and dried fruit and sauté until just beginning to brown. Add sugar, salt and ½ tsp. lemon juice and cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until fruit is soft, but not "mushy"...about 5 minutes.
Allow compote to cool approximately 10 minutes, then taste to determine if the additional ½ teaspoon lemon juice is needed.
Serve over vanilla ice cream...pound cake...or both! 

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Community Party
Have you ever been to a party with 350+ of your closest friends and community leaders? Then you have most certainly been to the Dining for Friends Community Party at the Blandwood Mansion downtown. 

The Community Party is the largest of all of the Dining for Friends parties, raising over $15K each year, and is open to everyone. 
 
This year's party, themed "Through The Years," boasts delicious food by Maria's catering, complimentary beer and wine, and this year, music by Greensboro's own talents Jessica Mashburn and the Triad Pride Men's Chorus! This is one party you don't want to miss!
 
The Community Party is from 5 to 8 pm, and then everyone packs up and heads to the Terrace at the Coliseum for the Grand Dessert Finale, which begins at 8 pm. Visit www.diningforfriends.com
for more information.
 
Mark's Mentions
We started at the tables and we keep ending up back there. Some 20 years ago, as the new meds began taking hold in this country, there was a startling, radical new realization and call in the Greensboro HIV community which boiled down to this:  
We need to be eating together. Thus, Higher Ground came about, centered immediately on the common table where we nourish one another, where we commune, where all hands (and stomachs!) are equal. Everybody gets hungry; everybody gets fed.
Mark Cassity,
Director of Higher Ground

And even before that, THP has the same yearning. The call to nourish, commune, and sustain became Dining for Friends some 25 years ago now. Miracle is not too strong a word for such a thing.

And of course, ancient peoples and ancient faiths knew the very same thing all along. We need to be eating together. We need to welcome the stranger. We need to remember that we are the stranger, too. We need to remember our poverty and our riches. We need to pass the bread.

So, merely a reminder. It's no accident that we started at the tables. And it's no wonder wonder that we keep ending up back there. See you at Dining for Friends.
THP's Direcor of High Point Services, Sharon Lipscomb, and her husband Keith, have been awarded the "Power Couple" Award at the Carl Chavis Memorial YMCA's 5th Annual Minority Achievers & First Ladies of Distinction Awards Banquet!

Unforgettable

Unforgettable: Hearing the words "You have HIV" and the shock, uncertainty and fear. Unforgettable the questions: "What do I do now?" "How will I tell my friends, family, partner?" Unforgettable the feeling that you've just been hit by a bus, spinning and reeling. These are unforgettable moments for those newly diagnosed.

 

But there's something else, and it happens when we sift through the wreckage. It's what happens next, sometimes slowly, but it happens nonetheless.

Kevin Varner, Director of Prevention and Education

 

It's the counselor who listens. The case manager who connects us to care and helps us find that first medical appointment. The friend who embraces us and says, "It's going to be okay." The connections we make with our positive brothers and sisters, mentors who are thriving in spite of HIV. The moment we asked for help-unforgettable. The resolve to live a full life-unforgettable.
 

The experience, strength and hope we gain through fighting, surrendering, coping, crying, laughing, and sharing. We are stronger together, and we will stand together until HIV/AIDS is no more. And that day will be unforgettable.

Don't forget to put food out THIS SATURDAY, MAY 10th for the Letter Carriers' Food Drive! Thousands of food pantries across the country benefit from this food drive, including THP.

                           

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