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Vive Le Rouge goes on despite departure of AIDS Task Force executive director

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 7:30 am

Vive Le Rouge 2013 will go on as planned Saturday at Headwaters Park, despite the departure of AIDS Task Force of Northeast Indiana’s leader, said its board president.

The event is the largest annual fundraiser event for the agency. Last year the organization raised close to $60,000 from the event.

Bob Gould, current board president of the nonprofit organization, said the recent departure of the organization's executive director, Lisa Terry, won't affect the event.

Terry has been with the organization for a little over a year and left April 26. Gould was unwilling to comment on her reasons for leaving, other than to say she was no longer with the organization.

In the past year several people have left the board, and several employees have resigned. Gould said to the best of his knowledge they all left for personal reasons or another career opportunity.

Founded 26 years ago, the AIDS Task Force offers assistance and services to those with HIV and AIDS. Its mission is to help improve the quality of life for all who have HIV and AIDS, to educate the community to decrease the spread of the disease, and to increase public understanding of the disease.

“We have been planning this (event) for a long time,” Gould said.

Terry came to the position with 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and was a former director of donor development and marketing at the Damien Center, an AIDS service provider in Indianapolis. Terry had taken over after Greg Manifold's 15 years at the helm.

Registration for the walk will begin at 4 p.m. with the walk to start at 6 p.m. Good Night Gracie will perform and 816 Pint and Slice will provide food. The night will also feature a silent auction and health fair as well as kids activities. For more information call the AIDS Task Force at 1-260-744-1144.