For Immediate Release: 11/27/19
Media Contact: Claudia Harrison                                                    
Phone: 561-533-9699
Mail: 201 North Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth, FL 33460
Compass to Host NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt for Two Weeks in December
Lake Worth Beach, FL - On Monday, December 2nd, Compass Community Center (Compass) will host their annual World AIDS Day ceremony. The event kicks off two weeks of programming focused around the agency's annual display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. The ceremony will take place at 6:00 PM at Compass, located at 201 N Dixie Highway in Lake Worth Beach. 
World AIDS Day was first recognized in 1988 at the height of the AIDS epidemic, and was the  first world health day to be designated in history. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and the government that HIV has not gone away; there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight stigma, and improve education.
Lorenzo Lowe, director of Compass' HIV Prevention Program, describes this year's quilt display, "The theme for this year's display is Community. More than half the quilt panels selected this year were requested by community members, in remembrance of friends and family who have died. It is our role to talk about the effect of the AIDS epidemic on our community, prevent the epidemic from continuing, and remember those we have lost."
Continuing with the theme of community, a number of the quilt panels will also be displayed at other locations in the area including the Flamingo Gallery in Lake Worth Beach, Lynn University in Boca Raton, The Metropolitan Community Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach, The Department of Health on Clematis St., Cornell Art Museum in Delray Beach, The Lantana branch of the PBC Library System, and Seacoast Bank on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
New programming for World AIDS Day this year includes two showings of the film "5B." This film is the inspirational story of everyday heroes, nurses and caregivers who took extraordinary action to comfort, protect and care for the patients of the first AIDS ward unit in the United States. The film will be shown at The DePuy Synthes Institute in Palm Beach Gardens on Wednesday December 4th at 6 PM, and at the Lantana branch of the PBC Library System on Thursday December 12th at 6 PM. The screenings of this film are made possible with the support of Open & Out, a Johnson & Johnson employee group. 
Other events in recognition of World AIDS Day include: 
Wed. Dec. 4th  
Community Education Series 
Hidden Truths of HIV/AIDS History 
Dr. Requel Lopes, AP, Executive Director of the World AIDS Museum
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Compass Community Center
201 N. Dixie Hwy., Lake Worth FL 33460
Thurs. Dec. 5th                                                                                                                                               
Dine to Donate @ Texas Roadhouse Boynton Beach 
15%  of all dine-in and carry-out meals between 3:00pm-10:00pm will come back to Compass
Flyer required for donation to be made
3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
3001 Old Boynton Rd., Boynton Beach FL 33436
Mon. Dec. 9th  
Paseo del Edredon                                                                                                                                       
Latin Quilt Tour                                                                                                                                          
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Compass Community Center
201 N Dixie Highway, Lake Worth FL 33460
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Following the World AIDS Day ceremony on December 2nd, the quilt panels will be on display at Compass during regular business hours through Saturday, December 14th. Everyone is welcome to come to the center to view the quilt. Compass' World AIDS Day events are sponsored in part by The SMART Ride. If you would like a guided tour, please contact Lorenzo Lowe at lorenzo or by calling 561-533-9699. More information about World AIDS Day programming at Compass is available at