Five of the Six Riders that comprise the Project 19 Empire State AIDS Ride Team. Come meet them and learn more about their upcoming ride at the Pride Preview Party on May 29th.

Five of the Six Riders that comprise the Project 19 Empire State AIDS Ride Team.

This summer, six Ulster County cycling enthusiasts, Team Project 19, will spend seven days riding their bicycles 560 miles from Niagara Falls to Manhattan—as part of The Empire State AIDS Ride (ESAR)—to help raise money to support AIDS research and local AIDS relief organizations.

To support this effort, on Sunday, July 19, Project 19 is hosting The Fine Art and Design Auction of the Hudson Valley, proceeds from which will support ESAR and Angel Food East, a non profit volunteer program that provides hot meals and sustenance to Ulster County residents living with AIDS.

The entire Hudson Valley community is invite to join Project 19 for this exciting event from 12 noon to 4pm on the grounds of the beautiful Williams Lake resort near Rosendale, New York. The cost to enter the event will be a $35 donation, which will include live auction, silent auction and lunch. Of course, should you bid on the art items – and we hope you will – their price is not included with your $35 at the door.


The riders of Project 19 need your help in two ways: tax deductible cash donations to facilitate the auction and donations of art, gift certificates and other items for the auction itself. To support The Fine Art and Design Auction of the Hudson Valley, please make your check out to Angel Food East/Team Project 19. If you would rather donate an item for the auction, we would appreciate artwork, photography, art glass, jewelry, literature, home décor, biking gear, gift certificates, etcetera.

Monetary donations can be made via ESAR’s web site to Team Project 19. Donations otherwise can be sent to Project 19 AIDS Fund, P.O. Box 1085, Kingston, NY 12402-108. For more information regarding your donation or the event, please call 845-901-1400.

About The Beneficiaries
The Empire State AIDS Ride
is a seven-day, 560-mile ride from Niagara Falls to Battery Park in lower Manhattan that raises thousands of dollars each year for leading AIDS research facilities and for local service providers in New York State. ESAR’s 2009 research beneficiary is the AIDS Research Institute at the University of California/San Francisco, one of the world’s top AIDS research institutes; conducting innovative research that could pave the way for new treatments with the potential to save millions of lives. The Ride’s local AIDS service providers support some of New York’s poorest AIDS/HIV+ clients at a time when many needed services are being cut elsewhere.

Angel Food East is a hot meal program for people living with HIV and AIDS in Ulster County. Founded in 1992, Angel Food East serves between 45 and 60 meals each weekday, with a crew of talented volunteers preparing and packaging meals every morning in the kitchen of St. John’s Episcopal Church on Albany Ave. in Kingston, and volunteer drivers delivering the meals to clients throughout Ulster County by lunchtime.