The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 5, 2012

Readers' Forum 12-5 | World Aids Day event benefits HIV victims

Submitted by Readers

— Dec. 1 has become known as World AIDS Day, an opportunity for education, advocacy and understanding by those who wish to help reduce HIV cases and assist the people affected.

Coming as it does amidst the holiday shopping and planning season, World AIDS Day serves as a reminder that giving, as well as receiving, constitutes true holiday spirit for those of diverse faiths observing December religious holidays and for those enjoying the more secular activities and trappings of the season.

On Nov. 30, a World Aids Day event hosted by the Keystone Alliance was held at the Holiday Inn downtown. “A Very Mary Christmas” included a variety show, silent auction and raffle, in addition to food and beverage service provided by the hotel.

Hosted by the Keystone Alliance as a fundraiser/benefit for Community Care Management, the HIV unit at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, the event drew a large and lively crowd and raised significant donations, the latter of which will assist CCM’s mission of providing re-sources and services to HIV patients in the Johnstown region.

We would like to thank all who participated and all who attended the event, which turned out to be the Keystone Alliance’s most successful event to date, and to remind everyone that during this holiday season, giving to fellow humans in need, whatever the amount, can make a real and positive difference for both giver and recipient.

Catherine Cox


Cambria musicians  best of the best

This letter recognizes the Cambria County Band Concert held at Northern Cambria Middle School.

First, I would like to congratulate all the students who made it, and thank all the conductors and everyone else who helped put this event together.

All of the participating musicians are the best of the best. They usually excel at all of their academic and extracurricular activities. 

The concert was magnificent. There was a full house and the students received a standing ovation. The audience was informed that the local television news stations were called and asked to come to support these students and show the rest of the community what an amazing talent they have. Neither one of them came.

If one of these students had been arrested, it would have made the news. My mother drove all the way from Somerset to Northern Cambria to see this event. Why couldn’t the news stations come?

High school sports and athletes always make the news.

Why not these brilliant musicians and their concerts?

Martha Morgart

St. Michael

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