About 120 people turned out Sunday for an annual auction to benefit the Douglas County AIDS Project.
While treatment for AIDS and the virus that causes it, HIV, have improved, research efforts shouldn't be lessened, local advocates said Sunday night at a local AIDS benefit.
"Support for AIDS research and funds have decreased," said David Ambler, vice chancellor for student affairs at Kansas University and a Douglas County Aids Project (DCAP) supporter.
"The fact that there's been some success shouldn't lessen the research-and-development efforts."
Ambler was one of about 120 people who attended DCAP's sixth annual Red Ribbon Art Auction.
About 40 works of art were auctioned at the event, which was held at Fifi's Banquet Connection, 1350 N. Third.
So far this year, DCAP has assisted 45 people with AIDS or HIV, according to Sidney Hardgrave, executive director of the organization, which is one of 30 United Way of Douglas County agencies.
DCAP also provides services for families and friends of those directly affected by AIDS or HIV.
About $7,200 was raised by this year's auction, which included paintings, sculptures, furniture, glass items and jewelry. The amount does not include ticket sales, which will be calculated later, Hardgrave said.
"The number of local artists and their donations are the key to our success," Hardgrave said.
DCAP has about four major fund-raising events each year.
One of the artists, Holly Green, said she happily obliged when asked to paint a picture for the event.
"I'm honored that they allowed me to partake in this event," she said. This was the first year she painted a picture for the event.
"I think it's a wonderful cause. I'm glad to see so many creative minds together," Green said.
Hardgrave said DCAP is seeing about a 5 to 6 percent increase in its clients each year.
Sunday's auction was held in conjunction with World AIDS Day, which is Tuesday.
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