Richmond/Ermet Aid FoundationPride Community Award
Pride Community Award
For outstanding service to LGBTQ communities.The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) is an organization dedicated to raising funds for AIDS services, hunger programs, and programs for homeless youth in the Bay Area, through the production of quality entertainment programs. Two mothers who lost their only sons to AIDS, Barbara Richmond and Peggy Ermet, founded REAF as a way to honor their sons’ memories and to help alleviate the suffering of all the other sons and daughters living with HIV and AIDS. REAF began as completely volunteer-run, working with a partner agency to produce a fundraising event called Help is on the Way: San Francisco Cares. Help is on the Way has become one of the Bay Area’s largest annual benefit concerts and a major source of funding for many local programs. REAF focuses on creating public awareness that the AIDS epidemic is not yet over, that too many people rely on local food and nutrition programs as their only sources of food, and that thousands of homeless and underserved youth need our help to live full, productive lives. In addition to Help is on the Way each summer, REAF also produces an annual Help is on the Way for the Holidays in December, a series of One Night Only cabaret shows with touring Broadway casts, Broadway Bares/San Francisco Strips: a burlesque-style strip show, and a variety of other smaller fundraising events and receptions.