County Commissioners and representatives from Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) turned the world-famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign red for World AIDS Day today.
"We are proud to come together today to show support for our fellow Southern Nevadans who are living with HIV/AIDS, and remember those whom we've lost to this disease," Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick said.
The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988. Today, the County Commission and others are showing their support by turning landmarks, signs and buildings red. Commissioners and representatives from AFAN turned on red light bulbs installed on the Welcome sign during a brief ceremony in front of the sign today.
The light bulbs, which are usually yellow, surround the border of the sign. Like the famed Las Vegas Strip, the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign is in unincorporated Clark County.
AFAN was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in Nevada, providing support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada.
AFAN offers consistent and comprehensive direct client service programs, including medical case management, housing and utility assistance, emergency food and transportation vouchers, prevention and education programs and community outreach. As part of AFAN's mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, visit www.afanlv.org.