In support of World AIDS Day, Talented Tenth to host Paint The Town Red; an artistic fundraiser to raise awareness for Joseph H. Neal Wellness Center

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Nov. 28, 2017) – Talented Tenth, a Columbia-based young professionals organization founded by City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, will host its second Paint the Town Red event on World AIDS Day, Friday, December 1st from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Richland Library, 1431 Assembly Street. This unique art-infused fundraising reception will honor the Joseph H. Neal Wellness Center for its 20+ years of HIV/AIDS prevention work.

“We have planned a creative engaging World AIDS Day event that will honor our healthcare trailblazers and educate our community in an innovative way,” said Lakia Bass, Paint the Town Red event chair. “As an organization that understands the importance of developing well informed, up and coming leaders, Talented Tenth decided that the Joseph H. Neal Wellness Center should be commended, publicly, for their tremendous contributions in striving for a well-informed healthy community.”

With a mission to develop and implement strategies that reduce the rate of HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and additional health disparities, the Joseph H. Neal Wellness Center is an organization that has fought to reduce the secrecy, stigma and shame often associated with individuals living with HIV. According to the Center, there are approximately 36 million people currently living with HIV in the United States, with South Carolina ranking in the top 10 among all states for documented HIV/AIDS cases.

“The leaders at the Joseph H. Neal Wellness Center have been actively working to prevent the spread of HIV in our state. They have helped us realize we are all affected by this epidemic,” continued Bass. “Paint the Town Red will bring millennials together with other members of the community for an art-infused evening of purpose.”

Talented Tenth Board Chair, Kara Simmons remarked, “This is not your ordinary fundraiser. We will raise awareness about a very real issue by capturing the attention of millennials with a thought provoking, out of the box approach. Community trailblazer awards, a theatrical ensemble, live art, fashion, music and cocktails; Paint the Town Red will be an evening to remember.”

“You will be in for a treat, we promise! Many of Columbia’s best and brightest will come together for a powerful evening of art and awareness. We have a surprise performance that you will not want to miss,” states Bass.

The event is formal and all are welcome to attend.

WHAT: In recognition of World AIDS Day, Paint the Town Red is a fundraiser with an art flare to honor the work of the Joseph H. Neal Wellness Center.

WHO: Talented Tenth designed Paint the Town Red for millennials, other community leaders and professionals. The event will include:
- Wow Productions Theatrical Ensemble

- Live Painter Anthony Lewis

- The Chelsea Evans Awards for community trailblazers:

· Dr. Baron Davis, Richland Two Superintendent

· Rozalynn Goodwin, South Carolina Hospital Association Vice President

WHERE: Richland Library Atrium, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201

WHEN: Friday, December 1, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Ticket Pricing: $20 Minimum Suggested Love Donation (Student Rate: $10 Minimum Suggested Love Donation)

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About the Joseph H. Neal Wellness Center
The Joseph H. Neal Wellness Center formerly the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council is a non-profit organization headquartered in Columbia. The organization is committed to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS in South Carolina through education, advocacy, and support services for patients. This year marks a 23-year milestone in which the Joseph H. Neal Wellness Center has worked throughout the community, the state, and the nation in the fight against HIV/AIDS. For more information:

About Talented Tenth
Founded in 2010, the Talented Tenth is a young professionals’ organization born out of the vision of City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. The mission of Talented Tenth is to raise the standard of excellence of young professionals in the African American community. For more information: