AIDS Outreach Project

MARYLAND SCENE

January 07, 2001|By Sloane Brown

A feeling of family filled the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts as the Steven Kaufman AIDS Outreach Project celebrated its 10th anniversary. About 325 guests gathered to honor Linda and Buddy Kaufman and Amy and Les Harlan -- the parents, sister and brother-in-law of Steven.

After Steven died of AIDS in 1990, his family founded the Kaufman Project at Jewish Family Services of Central Maryland, through the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

The evening's celebration began with a moving concert by jazz singer Aleta Greene, and the Positive Voices of Baltimore in the concert hall. However, the hall's lobby saw its share of both tears and smiles as audience members, honorees and performers intermingled at a dessert reception.

In the close-knit throng: Carole Sibel and Myra Gold, event committee members; Diane Israel, Kaufman Project coordinator; Steve Solomon, Jewish Family Services executive director; Darrell Friedman, the Associated president; Janet Livingston, Steven Kaufman's cousin; Phoebe Platt, Steven Kaufman's nurse; Rick Poloway and Bill Palmer, Positive Voices members; Steven Miller, Kirsh Cleaners owner; Frieda Pachino, ophthalmic technician for Dr. Alfred Kronthal; Nan Rosenthal, Harbor Hospital development director; Elliot Brager, Randallstown attorney; Steve Fedder, Piper Marbury partner; Chuck Rounds, SRA International principal; Eileen Abato, fashion show producer; Stanford Schneider, Conkling Foam Center owner; and Phyllis Kolodner, Burton Travel consultant.

The event raised over $100,000 for the Steven Kaufman Project community awareness programs, and services and programs for people living with HIV / AIDS.

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