DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS
1st of November 2017

The Alpha Workshops: Changing Lives Through Art

The Alpha Workshops: Changing Lives Through Art While infection rates continued to rise a decade into the HIV/AIDS epidemic—the number of AIDS-related fatalities began to decrease due to improved medication. HIV positive individuals were beginning to live longer, healthier lives. Noticing the uptick in the number of individuals living with HIV, Kenneth Wampler and a […]

28th of August 2017

Blog Post: Top Ten Reasons to Picnic in a NYC Park Before Summer Ends:

Spend the last few weeks of summer enjoying the weather and the great outdoors by gathering friends and loved ones for a picnic! Not really a fan? Katherine DeMercurio shares 10 reasons why you should grab a blanket and some refreshments and host a picnic at your local park. 1. People Watching– If you live in […]

25th of August 2017

Summer Picnic Trends by Mitchel Hilll

  In the heat, efficiency is key – but you don’t need to sacrifice your style. Spice up your picnic game with a printed & colorful blanket, as well as a classic wicker basket to hold all your picnic essentials. Enjoy a glass of wine without the worry of it tipping over, and cut fresh […]

31st of July 2017

Five Years of Customized Creations for DIFFA’s Picnic by Design: Michele Alfano Design

  The following post is an excerpt from DIFFA Brand Ambassador and Picnic By Design participant, Michele Alfano’s blog:   Design, Food, and Charity is a great combination for a fall event. It will be my sixth year participating in DIFFA’s Picnic By Design! This event rocks …. amazing sponsors, designers, and creativity! Picnic By Design redefines the concept of […]

30th of June 2017

Blog Post: Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force Providing Hundreds With Compassion and Care

When the AIDS outbreak in 1981 left hundreds of individuals in dire need of compassion and support, the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) organized in 1984 to provide a solution by offering services and distributing information about the newly discovered virus. The group of volunteers offered a legal advocacy program to fight discrimination and implemented […]

7th of June 2017

Blog Post: Peter & Paul Community Services

In January of 1981, a homeless man was found frozen to death in the Soulard neighborhood in South St. Louis City. This was a catalyst that soon sparked a community-wide initiative to help homeless individuals in need and inspired community members to open a winter shelter in the St. Peter and Paul Church basement. A […]

9th of May 2017

ALFA : Advancing Life. Fighting AIDS

AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA) started in Burke County, North Carolina, in 1987 as a grassroots effort to provide support services to those affected by HIV/AIDS. Noticing that the number of HIV cases were rising with little to no coordinated effort to provide help to those in need, community members joined forces to create an AIDS […]

26th of April 2017

Blog Post: Acria Providing Critical Sex Health Education to Local Youth

LEAP for Girls Alumnae and facilitators Love Heals founder, the late Alison Gertz is a true example of taking control of one’s destiny and legacy despite negative circumstances. After being diagnosed with AIDS, Ali decided to become an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and education. She became an internationally recognized spokesperson, devoting her final years to […]

19th of April 2017

Jerusalem House: A safe haven for the needy

“I was diagnosed with HIV 26 years ago during the height of the epidemic. I was struggling with drug addiction and nearly died after abstaining from treatment. I became sober after several years and found a job, however low pay and rising rent nearly left me and my 13-year old son homeless. Determined to provide […]

9th of March 2017

Blog Post: 20 Ways DINING BY DESIGN Has Made A DIFFArence

Now one of the design industry’s largest and most anticipated fundraisers to fight against HIV/AIDS, DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN originated in Kansas City, MO in 1990. Originally conceived as a dinner and musical fundraising event, DINING BY DESIGN gained popularity and the focus gravitated toward uniquely designed tabletops. DIFFA chapters across the country began to […]