REAF was founded in 1994 by two mothers, Barbara Richmond and the late Peggy Ermet, who each lost their only sons to AIDS as a way to both honor their sons' memories and to raise funds the kind of agencies who provided care for their sons before they died. While REAF began as an HIV/AIDS specific organization, today, we also provide financial aid for hunger programs and programs that serve and support homeless youth and families.
REAF receives no government funding and relies wholly on individual and private support to over operating costs and ensure that 100% of the proceeds from event ticket sales go directly to the beneficiary agencies of our major events.
In addition, REAF has provided small emergency grants to individuals facing short-term crisis situations to assist with housing, healthcare and other emergency situations.
We are grateful to our individual donors, corporate sponsors and in-kind supporters who have supported our efforts in the fight against AIDS since 1994.