Concert Set for Feb. 4 to Benefit AIDS Awareness By Christine Rowett For the third year in a row, the student-run Women's Center will sponsor a benefit concert to raise money and awareness for an AIDS-related organization. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. in Levering Hall on the Homewood campus. More than 500 area students are expected to attend the concert, which will feature eight bands from throughout Baltimore. Funds raised will go directly to AIDS Action Baltimore, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial assistance and support for HIV-infected individuals in Baltimore and Maryland. "AIDS is killing thousands of women every year," said Tanya Ochs, a junior in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and a member of the Women's Center. "We hope that by educating the public about AIDS, we have an opportunity to help the community in a way we feel is badly needed." The Women's Center is a more than 10-year-old service organization run by female students. Last year the group sponsored a sexual assault awareness day with activities including security walks on campus and round table discussions. Scheduled performers are alternative bands Edsel, Maypole and Tsunami, reggae groups Jah Works and Unity, pop artists Some Things Coming, acoustical singer Lisa Cerbone and The Allnighters, the all-male Hopkins a cappella group. "We're very grateful that they would think to contact us," AIDS Action Baltimore office manager Jeffrey Grabelle said of the Women's Center. "Being nonprofit, every little bit helps." Resource tables with information relating to AIDS and AIDS prevention will be staffed by representatives of Health Education Resource Organization, AIDS Action Baltimore, Chase Braxton Clinic, the Baltimore chapter of NOW and Stop AIDS. Last year's benefit raised about $2,500. Tickets are $5 at the door; food and drinks will be sold. Only those 18 and older will be admitted, and valid identification will be required to purchase alcohol.
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