Guide to Helping People With AIDS Records

Administrative Information

Repository Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, 2012

P.O. Box 37012
 Suite 1100, MRC 601
 Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
 Phone: 202-633-3270

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may appy. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

These records were donated by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, Rochester, New York, 2012.

Processing Information note

Originally processed by Pat Finnerty, archival consultant, for the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley under a grant from New York State. Additional arrangement by Erin Molloy, volunteer, August 2012; supervised by Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., archives specialist.

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Summary Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Creator - Attributed name
Algozer, Jerry
Helping People With AIDS
Creator - Attributed name
Meyers, Dan
Creator - Creator
Parisella, Neil
Helping People with AIDS (HPA) Records
Date [bulk]
bulk 2002-2003
Date [inclusive]
2.50 Cubic feet; 8 boxes
The records of Helping People with AIDS, a non-profit, charitable organization located in Rochester, New York that was active 1986-2003.

Preferred Citation note

Helping People with AIDS (HPA) Records, 1989-2009, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

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Biographical/Historical note

This history was provided by Evelyn Bailey of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, Rochester, New York. "In August, 1986 a group of concerned citizens organized to raise money for Rochester area AIDS patients. The community-wide committee was represented by actively interested business people. At the time Dr. William Valenti, a member of the “Helping People With AIDS” committee and a doctor at Strong Memorial Hospital’s Infectious Disease Clinic, said “this committee has been established to raise funds for immediate aid for uninsured AIDS persons.” The goal that year was to raise money to hire a full-time nurse-practitioner for the clinic at Strong Memorial Hospital.

The committee held three private parties which raised just over two-thousand dollars. Future plans included: the sale of Bob Damron’s Guide to the USA; a series of raffles with prizes from flowers to theatre tickets to Baccarat crystal; two nights of the upcoming Gay Men’s Christmas concert focused on Helping People With AIDS; Halloween party. On Saturday, September 27, 1986 the first Dining For Dollars was held. Friends across the city hosted small dinner parties for six to ten guests with cocktails and dinner for a twenty dollar donation to Helping People With AIDS. At 9:30 pm all dinner hosts and guests gathered at Village Gate for dessert, cocktails, entertainment and a raffle. This first “Dining For Dollars” as were all those that followed, was non-exclusive to the gay population of Rochester, but rather was a community wide event. The organizers of the first Dining For Dollars, Dan Meyers, Jerry Algozer and Dr. William Valenti, declared the event an unqualified success. Close to nineteen-thousand dollars was raised to benefit the AIDS Clinic at Strong Memorial Hospital. The money raised was used to pay for medication and medical treatment for patients who were otherwise unable to do so. At the time HPA was also paying for expensive prescriptions which in some cases cost one hundred dollars or more per month. Members of the community volunteered time, talent and money to plan the second Dining For Dollars held on Saturday, September 26, 1987 at Midtown. Neil Parisella, one of the founding members of Dining For Dollars, approached his very good and close friend, Nancy Delancey, Director of Marketing for Midtown, with the idea of holding the event at Midtown. Nancy pursued it with management and the rest is history. Midtown donated props/displays and staff to put it together. John Haldoupis did the design work and Gary Sweet donated the liquor. The event raised thirty-one thousand dollars. HPA fundraising was off to a great start! By 1992, a quarter million had been raised. In 1995, Dining For Dollars X moved to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Success after success brought HPA’s seventeen year fundraising total close to one million dollars. By 1991, a Wish List Fund had begun. This was a fund dedicated to fulfilling the needs of people with AIDS. A wish could be anything from a trip that never was, to a television set that many of us took for granted, to providing money for veterinary care for a favorite pet. The Wish Fund List was born out of a need in the community to provide people that were living with AIDS, because of the astronomical medical costs at the time, with money for the little things in life that added to the quality of their life. The fund could be accessed once a year for up to one hundred dollars. The Wish List Fund was maintained by funneling ten percent of the money raised from Dining For Dollars into it.

Prior to 1992, all of the donations collected were given to the AIDS Clinic at Strong Memorial Hospital for direct treatment and distribution. As of 1992, HPA handled the distribution which insured that the money was disseminated to as many organizations as possible who were working with infected HIV people. In the beginning of the epidemic, Strong was the care giver and care provider for people with HIV. The increase in AIDS cases drastically changed the picture. By 1992, there were a full range of agencies in a nine county area that served people with HIV and who benefitted from the money that Dining For Dollars raised. By 2003, AIDS had become a disease that you could live with. The treatments and drugs were constantly improving. Funding for AIDS organizations was flowing through the pipeline, and there was less and less need in the community for financial support for people with HIV. In November 2003, the HPA Board, chaired by Tim Tompkins, voted to dissolve the corporation and donate the remaining funds to AIDS Rochester. For the seventeen years of its existence, Helping People With AIDS gave the Rochester community a way to fight this deadly disease and respond to the crisis with hope. HPA gave many people with HIV a sense of dignity and a quality of life they would not have had without the Wish List. The Rochester community owes all of those who were involved with HPA a debt of gratitude for the care and compassion it showed to people with HIV."

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Scope and Contents note

These records were originally in the possession of Tim Tompkins, last chairman of the HPA Board and reflect primarily his years of involvement with HPA. Many of the HPA Records document the funding and adminstration of The Wish List project and fundraising for the organization during the time of his chairmanship. There is very little material covering the early days of the organization. Wish List files contain materials on finances, fundraisers, and the actual applications that persons would fill out to become a Wish List recipient. All information of a personal nature has been redacted or was retained by the donor.

These records were originally processed by Pat Finnerty, archival consultant, for the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley under a grant from New York State. Additional description and arrangement were done by Erin Molloy, Archives Center volunteer, August 2012.

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Arrangement note

This collection is divided into four series:

Series 1, Organizational Materials, 1989-2004, undated

Subseries 1, Business records, 1989-2003, undated

Subseries 2, Minutes, 1996-2004, undated

Subseries 3, Wish List materials, 2000-2003

Series 2, Correspondence, 2002-2003

Subseries 1, Business, 2003

Subseries 2, Thank You letters, 2002

Series 3, Financial Materials, 1998-2009, undated

Subseries 1, General,1998-2004

Subseries 2, Wish List finances, 1999-2003, undated

Subseries 3, General, 2000-2009

Subseries 4, 2002-2003

Subseries 5, Fundraising materials, 2002-2003

Series 4, Events, 2001-2004

Subseries 1, A Closer Walk, 2001-2004

Subseries 2, Hollywood and Wine, 2001

Subseries 3, Hollywood and Wine, 2002

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Materials in the Archives Center

John Manuel Andriotte Victory Deferred Collection, 1901-2008, undated (AC1128)

Division of Science, Medicine, and Society, HIV and AIDS Reference Collection, 1979-2006, undated (AC1134)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Collection, 1942-2012, undated (AC1146)

World AIDS Institute Collection, 1986-2012, undated (AC1266)

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Records, 1975-2011, undated (AC1282)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • AIDS Rochester.
  • Genesee Valley Gay Alliance
  • Strong Memorial Hospital.

Geographic Name(s)

  • New York
  • Rochester (N.Y.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Delancey, Nancy, Director of Marketing for Midtown
  • Tompkins, Tim
  • Valenti, William, Dr.


  • Advertising--Food
  • AIDS (Disease)
  • AIDS (Disease)--Prevention
  • HIV/AIDS awareness
  • Politics--New York (N.Y.)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. As of October 2012 this collection is located off-site at Building 19, Garber Facility, Suitland, Maryland.

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1: Organizational Materials, 1989-2004, undated

 Subseries 1: Business records, 1989-2004, undated

Box Folder

Board roster, undated

1 1

Board roster, 2003 February 25

1 2

Mission statement, undated

1 3

Bylaws, 2003

1 4

Letter of intent, 2002

1 5

General materials, 1996-2001, undated

1 6

General materials, 1989-2003, undated

1 7

General materials, 2001-2003, undated

1 8

Nominating committee, 2003

1 9

Hartness, Charles, undated

1 10

Bowles, John, press kit, 2003

1 11

Bingo committee, undated

1 12

Web site, 2003

1 13

 Subseries 2: Minutes, 1996-2004, undated

Box Folder

Minutes, 1996-2000

1 14

Minutes, 2002

1 15

Minutes, 2003 January 13

1 16

Minutes, 2003 February 10

1 17

Minutes, 2003 March 10

1 18

Minutes, 2003 April 10

2 1

Minutes, 2003 May 8

2 2

Minutes, 2003 June 9

2 3

Minutes, 2003 July 14

2 4

Minutes, 2003 August 11

2 5

Minutes, 2003 September 8

2 6

Minutes, 2003 October 13

2 7

Minutes, 2003 November 10

2 8

Minutes, 2003 December 8

2 9

Minutes, 2004 January 5

2 10

Board roster, undated

2 11

 Subseries 3: Wish List materials, 2000-2003, undated

Box Folder

General materials, 2000

2 12

Work in progress, 2003

2 13

Action list form, undated

2 14

Application form, undated

2 15

Applications and spreadsheets, 2002

2 16

Applications and spreadsheets, 2003

2 17

Artwork, 2003, undated

2 18

Board roster, undated

2 19

Applications and requests granted, 2003

3 1

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 Series 2: Correspondence, 2002-2003

 Subseries 1: Business, 2003

Box Folder

Correspondence to Helping People with AIDS, 2003

3 2

Correspondence from Helping People with AIDS, 2003

3 3

Bulk mail permit, 2003

3 4

Kwasman mailing, 2003

3 5

 Subseries 2: Thank You Letters, 2002

Box Folder

Thank you letters to sponsors, Hollywood and Wine II, 2002

3 6

Thank you letters received, 2002

3 7

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 Series 3: Financial Materials, 1998-2009, undated

 Subseries 1: General, 1998-2004

Box Folder

General materials, 1998-2000

3 8

General materials, 1999-2002

3 9

General materials, 2000-2003

4 1

Close-out of funds, 2004 January

3 10

 Subseries 2: Wish List Finances, 1999-2003, undated

Box Folder

Financial disbursements, 2003

4 2

Paid and recorded, 1999-2003

4 3

Wish List check register and blank checks, [2001?], undated

4 9

 Subseries 3: General, 2000-2009, undated

Box Folder

Solicitation examples, 2000-2002

5 1

Holiday contacts, 2002

5 2

General materials, 2002-2003

5 3

Artisan Works, 2003

5 4

Boat trip, 2003

5 5

Boat cruise, 2004

5 6

Drag queen fundraiser, undated

5 7

Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Pride Picnic, 2003

5 8

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Vaccine Research Initiative, 2009

5 9

March luncheon, 2004

5 10

Pain of Silence, 2003

5 11

Raffle, undated

5 12

Starmakers, 2003

5 13

Take a Paddle to AIDS, 2003

5 14

Tea Dance, 2003

5 15

 Subseries 4: Grants, 2002-2003

Box Folder

Grant requests, 2002

4 4

Grants approved, 2003

4 5

 Subseries 5: Fundraising materials, 2002-2003

Box Folder

Donations and responses, 2002-2003

4 6

Mailer and phone calls by board, 2003

4 7

Fundraising, 2003

4 8

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 Series 4: Events, 2001-2004

 Subseries 1: A Closer Walk, 2001-2004

Box Folder

General materials, 2001-2003

6 1

General materials, 2002-2004

6 2

A Closer Walk, 2003

8 1

A Closer Walk, excerpts, 2003

8 2

 Subseries 2: Hollywood and Wine, 2001

Box Folder

General materials, 2001

7 1

 Subseries 3: Hollywood and Wine II, 2002

Box Folder

General materials, 2002

7 2

General materials, 2002

7 3

Photographs and negatives, 2002

7 4-7

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