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    The 10th annual World AIDS Day Luncheon is an extraordinary event dedicated to making a meaningful impact in the lives of those living with HIV and those at risk. On Thursday, December 5 our community will unite together at The Casey to remember those lost, raise awareness about HIV and learn how RAIN is working on ending HIV in our own community.


    Your support matters because funds raised from the World AIDS Day Luncheon play a pivotal role in advancing RAIN’s mission.


    Join us for a day of enlightenment, empowerment, unity, and hope as we strive to create a world where every individual living with HIV receives the care, respect, and support they deserve. Together, we can empower persons living with HIV and those at risk to be healthy and stigma free!


    Thursday, December 5

    11:30 AM to 1:00 PM


    The Casey

    1801 N. Tryon Street


    Established in 1988, World AIDS Day, December 1, was the first global health day and honors the memory of those who've died from HIV. It's an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV and to commermorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.


    About 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States. Globally, there are an estimated 38 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS related illnesses, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.


    Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in Mecklenburg County hundreds of people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.


    World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight stigma and improve education.

  • 2024 Table Hosts

    Bob Carta

    Bo & Angie Cauble


    Duke Energy

    Chelsea Gulden


    Wendy Laxton


    LPL Financial


    Barry Metzger

    Kimberly Owens

    Michael Roessler

    Mia Shelvin


  • Hosting in 4 Easy Steps


    Sign Up

    Purchase your table of 10 for $500 ($470 tax deductible)


    Invite Friends

    Start inviting your guests to join you on December 5.


    Join Us

    Arrive at The Casey by 11:15 to greet your guests.



    Use your personalized fundraising link to have your guests donate.

  • Become a Table Host

    Serving as a Table Host is the perfect way for an individual to show their support for RAIN and our mission. If you are interested in being a table host please contact Joyce Brooks at 704-973-9819.

    Table Host Benefits

    • One table (10 seats) at the luncheon
    • Name listed in the event program
    • Name on the table
    • Customized fundraising page for your donors to support your efforts
    • Customized QR code for your table on the day of the luncheon
    • Option to connect your fundraising page to Facebook fundraisers and ask even more people to support your efforts
    • Tools to help you fundraise and recruit guests including tips, email templates, graphics and special requests
    • If you are a past host, RAIN can provide you with the names and contact information for your past guests
    • Invitation to attend RAIN's donor thank you celebration event
  • Presenting Sponsors

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  • Platinum Sponsors

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  • Gold Sponsors

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    Holland & Knight, LLP

  • The Debbie Warren Leadership Award

    Beginning in 2016 at its first World AIDS Day Luncheon, RAIN has honored individuals, groups, or corporations that have contributed to the organization or the community in a significant way with the Red Ribbon Leadership Award. In 2021, the award was renamed in honor of Debbie Warren, Founder and former President & CEO of RAIN, in recognition of her three decades of compassionate leadership and service. The renamed award will be a reminder of her legacy, as her name is invoked each year when the awards are announced.

  • 2023

    Kita Chandler

    Tito's Handmade Vodka


    Tommy Feldman (Tyvola Design)

    CTRL Lifestyle Group


    Shelly Schoenfeld

    Twirl to the World Foundation


    Richard Gibbons


    Ramona Holloway & Matt Harris (The Matt & Ramona Show)



    Robert Dogens

    Myers Park Baptist Church


    Bishop Tonyia Rawls

    Warner Hall (Davidson College)


    Mary Dewalt

    Scott Crowder

    Farewell to Summer Foundation


    Jameka Whitten

    Rachel Sutherland


    Walt Kearns

    Lesa Kastanas

  • RAIN 2023: We Are Your People