Philly AIDS Thrift, in collaboration with Philadelphia Film Society, presents a special Halloween-themed, family-friendly, socially distanced night at the movies! Philly AIDS Thrift 16th Anniversary Drive-In Movie Night featuring Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” will take place at Philadelphia Navy Yard on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, with doors opening at 6:00pm and showtime at 7:00pm. The Halloween classic is the perfect choice for the non-profit organization that has become known as one of the largest retail stores for costumes, accessories and decoration during the spooky season each and every year. In addition to the Drive-In Movie Night, Philly AIDS Thrift will give away birthday cake on October 16th (first come, first served) and host their annual 50% art sale including all frames and art supplies.
"We have been in business and raising millions of dollars for sixteen years. I am so proud of the relationships we have built with our shoppers, donors, volunteers and service providing organizations. I am especially so proud of our staff and all the volunteers that keep supporting us! We look forward to the next 16 years of being committed to both supporting local HIV organizations and to serve the community by selling interesting, eclectic and affordable items! As we announced earlier this year, part of the proceeds from events this year will also pay for some much needed renovations, which we can't wait to unveil in the near future."
DRIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHT WITH THE SHINING
Additionally: No Pets or Animals of any kind are permitted on site, except certified service animals. One vehicle per parking space. Absolutely no grilling, cooking, or open flames. Speed limit is 5 mph. Attendees must be able to turn off all lights including, but not limited to, automatic headlights, dome lights inside the car, LED screens on the dashboard, etc. and be sure to keep feet off of the brake pedal. Engines are not permitted to run A/C. If attendees use their vehicle’s radio, please leave the ignition in the “accessories” position. Attendees may not sit on their roof. Management reserves the right to remove attendees from the premises who do not abide by these rules.
HELPING HIV/AIDS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Even with COVID 19 and the mandatory shut-down last year, Philly AIDS Thrift was able to award $205,000.00 to 25 location grant organizations, including:
ACT UP Philadelphia
Action Wellness (formerly ActionAIDS)
AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
AIM Angels In Motion
Atttic Youth Center
Bebashi Transition to Hope
Calcutta House –
CATA – Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas
Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.
Drexel University / Camp Bright Feathers
Family Service of Chester County
Family Service of Montgomery County
Family Services of Chester County
GALAEI – UAC
LGBT Elder Initiative
MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance)
Neighborhood United Against Drugs
One Day At A Time/Urban Affairs Coalition
Philly Black Pride
Planned Parenthood Keystone
Prevention Point Philadelphia
RHD Morris Home
William Way LGBT Community Center
“The movie night and retail shopping sales are so important to our fundraising,” said Board President Michael Byrne. “We are working hard to support organizations that need us – and organizations that are also serving those with HIV/ AIDS during the global pandemic. We hope you can support our work and join us – and watch for news on our next grant cycle out by November. We are hoping for the best and working out our dollar total. Thanks for supporting us for 16 years – and here’s to the next 16!”
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ABOUT PHILLY AIDS THRIFT
Philly AIDS Thrift is a 501(c)(3) non-profit thrift store benefiting HIV /AIDS service organizations. It first opened a small shop on Bainbridge Street in the fall of 2005, it expanded to additional warehouse space in 2007. In 2011, all of its operations moved under one bigger and better roof at 710 S. 5th Street. In the fall of 2014, it added a second location when it took over the historic LGBT bookstore Giovanni’s Room at 12th and Pine, which it now operates as Philly AIDS Thrift @Giovanni’s Room.
The store is run with support from amazing volunteers and is successful with donations from the public for thrift items to sell and the shoppers that buy those items. PAT distributes funds through their annual Grant giving program and to date have awarded over 25 local HIV service organization 3.3 million dollars.
In addition to our cash contributions, Philly AIDS Thrift provides free store vouchers to Philly area HIV/AIDS service providers for distribution to clients in need of clothing assistance and household necessities.
According to the City of Philadelphia AIDS Activities Coordinating Office, Philadelphia is the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Pennsylvania. More than 30,000 Philadelphia residents are living with the virus that causes AIDS. Many people do not know their status and have never tested.