The Safe Haven Project, a global, nonprofit organization empowering HIV+ youth and parent of Camp Safe Haven Martha’s Vineyard, hosts a fundraiser this coming Tuesday, April 19, at The Simon Gallery in Vineyard Haven.
Guests will be treated to a performance by campers, the premiere of a documentary feature film on the camp “Take a Walk in My Shoes,” be introduced to camp founder and CEO Dave Butler, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine, in addition to desserts made by the campers with assistance from chef Marvin Jones.
Mr. Butler founded Camp Safe Haven after being inspired by the life of the late Ryan White. Diagnosed with HIV in the 80s, he was banned from attending school in Kokomo, Indiana, and had to move from his hometown to feel safe. Ryan had to fight the school district for his right to attend junior high, and lost the initial battle. He won with an appeal to the Indiana State Supreme Court, and died in 1990 at the age of 18.
All proceeds from Tuesday’s event, which is from 5 to 8:30 pm, benefit the Safe Haven Project domestic and international effort. There is no admission charge, but donations are suggested. For more information, contact Dori Keller at 310-623-0648; firstname.lastname@example.org.