When Ruth Fast turned 100 years old this year, she knew exactly how to celebrate: she gave $100 to Bailey-Boushay House (BBH). Ruth has donated around $30 a year since 1992 — and is among the steadfast donors whose gifts add up to make a big difference for the BBH community.
“I thought Bailey-Boushay House was a great idea when I first heard about it years and years ago,” Ruth says. “I’ve given whatever I could ever since. Bailey-Boushay is an important organization that does wonderful work.”
Ruth’s son has been part of her inspiration to support organizations that fight against HIV/AIDS, which disproportionately impacts gay men.
“My son is gay, we’ve been flying the pride flag for over 30 years,” she says. “Supporting an organization like Bailey-Boushay House just makes sense.
In her many years of support for the organization, BBH has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of those living with HIV/AIDS. Ruth hopes her gifts help fuel their work and help them continue to provide vital support for their community.
“There’s still a stigma around having AIDS or being HIV positive, and people need support,” Ruth says. “Bailey takes very good care of people who are suffering from those conditions and other things. I will continue to support them for as long as I can.”