Fifteen sections of the AIDS memorial quilt will be on display during the RED Brunch Gala, an event this weekend benefiting Aunt Rita's Foundation to honor the local HIV and AIDS service community and remember those who have died.
"It's almost like you can see the person that was lost," said Phoenix First Lady Nicole Stanton, who created a panel honoring late brother, Dion France.
The quilt sections have been on display this week at the Parsons Center in Phoenix. There will be a memorial vigil Friday at 6 p.m.
RED Brunch will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix.
While HIV infection rates are down nationwide, Arizona has seen an increase, said Aunt Rita's Executive Director Glen Spencer.
"Every Arizonan should know their HIV status and through that we can end this epidemic," he said.
Tickets to RED Brunch are $100 and can be purchased at http://www.redbrunch.org