Academy of Friends
|Academy of Friends annually produces the world’s premier Academy Awards Night Charity Gala as the centerpiece of its efforts to raise funds, award donations, and encourage volunteerism that benefit a diverse set of HIV/AIDS direct care and prevention education agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Academy of Friends is a credible steward through which individual donors and corporations contribute to such agencies, And these Beneficiary agencies receive funds based on their proven ability to reach, meet the needs of, and have the greatest impact on those most affected by HIV/AIDS.
As an exemplary model of volunteerism and fundraising, Academy of Friends engages and includes an ever-widening circle of friends, and embarks on a concerted effort to expand its reach and diversity to increase broader community awareness of and financial support for those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Over the last 33 years, Academy of Friends has distributed over $8.6 million to more than 73 organizations serving men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Funding for these agencies is supported primarily by funds raised from our Annual Academy Awards Night Gala via the following means — Raffle Ticket Sales, Silent Auction Sales and General Ticket Sales.
Academy of Friends was founded in 1980 by Kile Ozier as a small, private Oscar Night party—twenty-five friends, some great food, lots of champagne, and plenty of glamour. Over subsequent years, the party became an HIV/AIDS fundraiser, a reaction to the toll HIV was taking on the local community. Today, AOF is one of the largest contributors to HIV/AIDS services organizations in the Bay Area. Through the generosity of individual Underwriters, gala ticket buyers, volunteers, and corporate donors, Academy of Friends supports the vital work of organizations providing critical services to those living with HIV and AIDS. The Academy of Friends Academy Awards® Night Gala is the crown jewel of our fundraising efforts. Each year, our guests are treated to gourmet food and wine provided by the Bay Area’s finest restaurants, caterers and vintners, while enjoying the excitement of the annual Academy Awards broadcast. To date, Academy of Friends has distributed over $8.5 million to more than 72 HIV/AIDS direct care and educational service agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.
|Academy of Friends|
650 5th St. Suite 408 San Francisco, CA 94107
|Academy of Friends 2014 Mercedes pre-gala party 2014-12-03|
|Academy of Friends 2015 Kinky Boots pre-show party 2014-12-03|
|Academy of Friends 2015 Toast the Nominees at Sui Generis 2015-01-15|
|Academy of Friends 2016 beneficiaries 2016-02-28|