5 questions with Dennis Kershner
Dennis Kershner is on the board of trustees for AIDS Services of Dallas. He is also a host for ASD’s second annual No Tie Dinner and Desert Party. The fund-raising party, which involves private dinner parties followed by a public dessert party at Frontiers of Flight Museum, is at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10. For more information, contact ASD at 214-941-0523.
How did you get involved with AIDS Services of Dallas ?
Me and my partner John were kind of known in our little circle for great parties, so AIDS Services of Dallas called me and asked if we would be interested in having an event. After I worked on the first No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party for four or five months, they asked me if I wanted to be on the board of trustees.
Besides raising money, what is the goal of the No-Tie Party?
I would like to see more people aware of what ASD does and how they help these people living with AIDS. We’re about housing. We have more than 200 residents. We have 32 children that live at our four complexes. Our job is to house, feed, clothe and provide medical assistance.
Are you anticipating the party will grow in its second year?
Last year we had 400 people and raised $30,000. Knock on wood this year, we see that our money in from our sponsors has doubled, and this year we sent out 900 invitations.
Is that even a drop in the bucket when it comes to funding the agency?
We have a lot of funding that comes from federal, state and city, and of course that is the bulk of the money. But anyone who reads the newspaper or watches TV knows that that funding is constantly being slashed, which is why we felt we had to do something like this. We have no open beds. If we had more housing, we certainly could add another 200 people.
What’s on the menu at your house this year?
We’re having guacamole, chips, enchilada, rice and beans, and of course, beer and margaritas. You had to have something that’s going to go with enchilada, so it was either beer or margaritas. We decided to have both.”
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 09, 2007