JOIN Us for OUR ANNUAL GALA. an evening of Reunion, Remembrance and Renewal Light in the Grove, Re-Imagined ~ November 30, 2021

Our Light in the Grove Gala returns on November 30, completely outdoors, as a re-imagined, magical celebration of Reunion, Remembrance, and Renewal in the National AIDS Memorial Grove. Light in the Grove, held annually on the eve of World AIDS Day, is our largest annual fundraising event, with all proceeds directly supporting the mission and programs of the National AIDS Memorial.'

Please join us as a Host or purchase tickets as we bring back this unique and inspiring experience, recognized as one of the Bay Area’s best LGBTQ+ community events since 2011!

Although not held in our traditional tent, this year's completely outdoor Light in the Grove will be so inspiring as we mark the 30th anniversary of the National AIDS Memorial Grove, and artistically illuminate numerous areas – significantly more than usual - of the Grove’s beautiful landscape.

This magical nighttime, outdoor ‘journey’ through nature, art, and light will include:

~ A champagne or sparkling beverage stroll, under the evening sky, through the magnificence of the magically lit Grove

~ Beautifully illuminated pathways with brilliant, colorful light displays, imaginative artistic features, and enchanting dance and musical performances

~ Covid-safe, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, sweets, and beverage stations throughout the outdoor ‘journey’

~ Our traditional, moving candlelight reflection at the Circle of Friends

~ A stunning, night-time outdoor display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt

~ Inspirational reflections from featured guest speakers during a short outdoor program

Your support of Light in the Grove ensures our mission and programs of the National AIDS Memorial, which include the care of our beloved Grove and the 50,000 panels of the AIDS Quilt. As we navigate toward the hopeful end of Covid, your support is more important than ever!

What is especially meaningful this year is that – for the first time ever – your support will help us to extend this magical outdoor evening light display, free to the public, on World AIDS Day, as a gesture of hope and goodwill.

All Hosts will be acknowledged in special media advertisements, printed materials, online, and onsite – as contributors toward this gift to the community.

Please join us as a Host of Light in the Grove, beautifully re-imagined, so we can, once again, gather (safely) for an outdoor celebration of Reunion, Remembrance, and Renewal.

We are truly humbled that you have so generously supported the fundraising spirit of this event. See a full list of supporters.

AIDS - 40 Years Later
Watch our touching observance featuring leaders from the pandemic
Memorialize in the Grove
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Light in the Grove memories
See photos from past Light in the Grove Galas - view the memories

LIGHT IN THE GROVE - Thank you for your gift of support

We are truly humbled that you have so generously supported the fundraising spirit of this event. See a full list of supporters.

November 30, 2021
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In appreciation to our 2021 Light in the Grove Hosts. See the List

Watch a special video tribute of our past Light in the Grove

See our Light in the Grove photo album memories on Flickr


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