April 30, 2013
Wichita Business Journal
A popular fundraiser that has raised more than $1.5 million to benefit people living with HIV and AIDS is coming to an end.
Founders Tod and Linda Ernst, owners of Planet Hair, and Graham Ross said in a news release that the event has grown too large to manage. It started in 1993 as a small runway show with about 150 attendees, but it has grown to include silent and live art auctions and a complex show with more than 100 models, dancers, actors and acrobats.
Tod Ernst described it in the news release as “Wichita’s must-attend annual gala.”
Ross and the Ernsts say they still plan to be involved in helping people with HIV and AIDS but in a different way.
ArtAID has benefited organizations including C-CAP, Connect Care, Donna Sweet Emergency Fund and Positive Directions.
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