Huge quilt panels made by families and friends of the late entertainers Rock Hudson and Liberace are being displayed in the Capitol Rotunda through March 5 to promote the 1989 International Tour of the Names Quilt.
The quilt, a tribute to people with AIDS, will begin its tour March 16 at 5 p.m. in the Salt Palace. The opening ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., when the names of those who have had memorial panels made for the quilt - including name panels from Utah - will be read by Utah dignitaries."The Names Quilt will be bringing to the people of Utah its own unique and emotional perspective of people with AIDS," said Geoffrey Baer, media coordinator, Salt Lake AIDS Foundation. "Viewing is both suitable and highly recommended for people of all ages. For families, especially, it can be a way to begin or continue a dialogue about AIDS education and prevention."
Fund-raising events have been held by various groups to bring the quilt to Utah.
Some of the early support given the project began Feb. 4, when a Salt Lake bar raised $400. Then, on Feb. 18, the same bar raised nearly $2,500 toward the quilt's visit.
This week $5,000 was raised through a performance by soloists of the Bolshoi and Kiev ballets with the Ballet of Los Angeles.
A final fund-raiser will be March 7 at 7:30 p.m., when the Salt Lake Acting Company presents the play "Beirut" by Alan Bowne. Tickets are available at the door.
Foundation officials hope the events will raise more than $10,000. Bringing the Names Quilt to Utah will cost $5,000. The rest of the money raised will be used to help AIDS patients.