Tyrconnell At last year’s Christmas-themed event at Tyrconnell, supporters of AAB were a Who’s Who of LGBT society and their friends. (Photos courtesy AIDS Action Baltimore)

On Saturday, November 13, AIDS Action Baltimore (AAB) returns to one of the “most elegant settings in town” for the second annual Cocktails at Tyrconnell event. This event offers attendees a rare opportunity to visit a glamorous Baltimore County estate while enjoying generous cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Funds raised at the event support AAB’s patient services programs and advocacy for HIV-related treatment and research programs.

“Our kind of advocacy doesn’t happen in any other disease. [The public’s] contributions maintain our financial assistance program as well as our policy initiatives and our cutting-edge advocacy,” says AAB Executive Director Lynda Dee.

Since its modest beginnings in 1987, AIDS Action Baltimore’s (AAB) staff and volunteers have dedicated themselves to providing support services to people living with HIV, including a broad clientele that encompasses all demographics. AAB’s patient services include a helpline (410-837-AIDS), a drop-in center, and an AIDS resource library.

AAB’s programs also address other issues related to HIV. For example, because many people living with HIV are co-infected with Hepatitis C virus (HCV), AAB advocates for research, treatment, and support services for people living with HCV. To help gay men improve their self-esteem and make healthy life decisions, AAB also offers quarterly RISE (Rewriting Inner Scripts) Retreats. (See information about the next retreat in Gay Life’s Community Calendar.)

The Tyrconnell estate was originally built in 1826 on a 27-acre lot in Baltimore County for John O’Donnell. The much expanded, two-story stone structure that exists today was built upon the original foundation in 1919 for a prominent Baltimore businessman. Designed by Baltimore architectural firm Mottu and White, the Colonial Revival style mansion is typical of grand estates in Baltimore County’s Woodbrook area. The property overlooks Lake Roland reservoir and features distinctive gardens designed by Arthur Folsom Paul.

DETAILS

What: Cocktails at Tyrconnell
When: Saturday, November 19
7 pm-11 pm
Where: 120 Woodbrook Lane
Govans, Baltimore County
Tickets: $125
Info: 410-837-2437

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