Benefit dinner held to fund QC charity organization

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A benefit dinner was held in Rock Island to help raise money for The Project of the Quad Cities.

The 21st Annual Red Ribbon Dinner was held Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Stern Center. The dinner acted as a fundraiser for the organization which helps people battling HIV, AIDS, or STIs.

The Project Quad Cities helps to spread awareness of the diseases.

“People have become complacent with HIV, and the numbers are on the rise,” said the organization’s Executive Director Wendy Kelly. “It’s very important for everybody to get tested. If you don’t get tested, you don’t know your status. You cannot tell whether somebody has HIV or an STI just by looking at them.”

Individuals were able to purchase a seat ranging from $40 – $70. Tickets went on sale in October 2014 for the event.

The organization has been around since 1986 and offers its services for free.