The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to sponsor No Day But Today, a musical theatre concert honoring the mission of World AIDS Day. The live stream virtual performance, produced by the Union County Performing Arts Center to support the work of Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, is scheduled for Saturday, December 19 at 7:00 PM.

Virtual tickets are $20 per streaming device, available online at ucpac.org/NoDayButToday.

“The Freeholder Board is proud to partner with UCPAC and local artists to speak out against HIV stigma, and call for action toward ending the HIV epidemic,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The No Day But Today virtual performance reveals truths about HIV/AIDS, sexuality, love for others, and acceptance, that enrich our understanding and foster a more inclusive community.”

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The No Day But Today live stream performance is produced by the Union County Performing Arts Center and directed by Brian Remo, Executive Director of the UCPAC. It features an impressive list of 14 local artists who share the passion and urgency for raising awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic including: Nikki Ashe, Nicole Bosc, Daisha Davis, Lyle Dungee, Julie Galorenzo, Maleesa Lamatina, Shane Long, Mike Mags, Taye McQueen, Jared Milian, Joe Piserchio, Lawrence E. Street, Kyrus Keenan Westcott, and Howard Whitmore.

“Through this live event, we hope that the passion and commitment of the Union County arts community helps to raise awareness of the continued need to focus resources and attention on ending the AIDS epidemic, while honoring the memory of those who have died,” said Freeholder Rebecca Williams, who is the liaison to the Freeholder Board’s LGBTQ Ad Hoc Committee.

“The Union County Performing Arts Center is honored and excited to be involved in this wonderful presentation to support an organization with such a strong effect on our community as Hyacinth. Aside from the awareness and support that this event will create everyone should tune in for what looks to be an amazing show," said UCPAC Executive Director Brian Remo.

World AIDS Day is formally recognized on December 1. When first established in 1988, it was the first-ever global health day. World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people with HIV, and remember those who have died from an HIV-related illness.

"Our mission at Hyacinth is to help people live with HIV, stop the spread of the epidemic, and serve as a critical voice in the public debate surrounding AIDS in New Jersey," said Kathy O’Brien, Hyacinth Executive Director. “We at Hyacinth are honored to work with the Freeholder Board and the UCPAC to use the art of musical theatre to bring attention to the facts about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New Jersey.”

"Our mission at Hyacinth is to help people live with HIV, stop the spread of the epidemic, and serve as a critical voice in the public debate surrounding AIDS in New Jersey," said Kathy O’Brien, Hyacinth Executive Director. “We at Hyacinth are honored to work with the Freeholder Board and the UCPAC to use the art of musical theatre to bring attention to the facts about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New Jersey.”

Hyacinth is New Jersey's largest and first established HIV service organization. Originally founded to help individuals diagnosed with AIDS to die with dignity and not alone, Hyacinth now has seven offices throughout the state, inclusive of an office in Plainfield focused on education, prevention, and providing resources for people to LIVE with HIV. Hyacinth has led New Jersey’s response to the epidemic and has been an integral community partner in the development and implementation of public health policies and services.

No Day But Today is organized in collaboration with the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs, under the Department of Economic Development. The Office of LGBTQ Affairs, was established by the Freeholder Board in 2018 and is the first and only county government office of its kind in the State of New Jersey.

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs provides a platform for leadership and collaboration to support equality, and serves as a catalyst for advocacy, awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals.

For more information about the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, contact Danni Newbury at 908-527-4742 or dnewbury@ucnj.org or visit ucnj.org/LGBTQ.

For more information and updates on all Union County services and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for using the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, visit the new Union County COVID-19 website at ucnj.org/covid19. For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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