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AIDS Services to get all $288,500 from drive

AIDS Community Services of WNY has been chosen as the sole beneficiary of $288,500 raised by the Junior League of Buffalo/The Buffalo News 2005 Decorators' Show House, it was announced Tuesday.

The Century House at 100 Lincoln Parkway was on display for almost a month last spring. Afterward, grant applications were solicited from qualified non-profit agencies.

The Junior League was looking for a program or project that would have a long-term impact on Western New York, strengthen and enrich families and the community, and incorporate the use of volunteers.

Final presentations and voting took place Monday, and AIDS Community Services was selected.

The agency asked the money be applied to the "Building on Our Promise: Help for Today . . . Hope for Tomorrow" campaign." The grant will support construction of the Evergreen Center, a prevention, care and research facility serving those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Specifically, the grant will fund a new HIV-specific medical practice serving men and women living with HIV/AIDS.

The construction of seven examination rooms will represent a 100 percent increase, which will translate into 43 percent more patients receiving care during the next two years.

The Junior League, an organization of women that promotes volunteerism, has collaborated with The News since 1981 in presenting Decorators' Show House. With the 2005 proceeds, the event has raised more than $3 million.

Past grant recipients include the Buffalo Museum of Science Hall of Astronomy, Theater of Youth and Hospice Education Center.

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