Church helps AIN buy new van

Posted on 02 Aug 2007 at 6:30pm


The Rev. Steven Pace, executive director of AIDS Interfaith Network, center, accepts a $17,000 contribution from Trinity Presbyterian Church to help the HIV services group buy a new van.

Trinity Presbyterian Church recently donated $17,000 to the AIDS Interfaith Network to help pay for a new, wheelchair lift-equipped van, after the agency’s previous van was destroyed in an accident earlier this year.

The church held a benefit concert called “Turtles and More at Trinity” on April 29 to raise funds to help pay for the new van. The event featured performances by The Chamber Chorus of Turtle Creek Chorale, directed by Dr. Tim Seelig with Antoine Spencer on piano; Michie Aiken, organist from The Episcopal Church of the Ascension; The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, directed by Melinda Imthurn with Will Varner on piano; The Chancel Choir of Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, with Russ Reiger as organist and director; and The Chancel Choir of Trinity Presbyterian Church, directed by Wayne Davis, accompanied by Danny Ray.

Funds collected at the concert and over the following months totaled more than $7,000, which included donations by the Turtle Creek Chorale AIDS fund and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

Trinity Church, which had promised to match those funds, gave substantially more, providing $10,000.

The Rev. Steven Pace, executive director for AIN, came to Trinity Church in July to receive the final offering.

Wayne Davis, Trinity’s director of music, presented the check to Pace, saying, “When we heard of the wreck, nothing seemed more obvious than that we needed to provide assistance.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 3, 2007

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