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Rise n' Shine celebrates 20th anniversary
Rise n' Shine celebrates 20th anniversary
This year, Rise n' Shine is celebrating 20 years of service to children and teens affected by HIV/AIDS. Last week, a new version of their logo was unveiled at an event at the Stimson-Green Manor in Seattle. In 1988, when others were encouraging them to "forget it, kids are not the problem," Janet L. Trinkaus, the founder, forged ahead using her business acumen and powers of persuasion to create the first successful program in the nation for children affected by AIDS. Rise n' Shine was isolated, literally, but there were some who reached out to this tiny fledgling organization. It's no surprise that those who first helped were members of the Gay community. It's also no surprise that over the years fundraisers for Rise n' Shine have been held in every Gay bar on the hill and by almost every Gay club or group.

This small, feisty agency is a vibrant and important link for children, teens, and young people affected by HIV/AIDS of all nationalities, ethnic origins, sexual persuasions, and world faiths. It continues to be the only such agency in the Puget Sound area providing year-round synergistic programming. Residential summer camp, mentors, support groups, teen retreats, holiday gifts, back-to-school clothes, and educational advocacy are equally important to the more than 150 children and teens affected by HIV/AIDS who are served by these programs. Volunteers are the cornerstone to their success. For more information check out www.risenshine.org

A Rise n' Shine press release

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