BAL MASQUE RAISES MONEY FOR ORGANIZATION FIGHTING AIDS

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By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Elizabeth Elkin

The Mystic Krewe of the Druid performed to a sold out crowd at their 25th annual Bal Masque on Saturday. Over the past 24 years, they have raised half a million dollars for West Alabama AIDS Outreach, now called Five Horizons. The goal for the evening was to make another $50,000.

Michelle Massey, co-captain of the Bal and a Krewe member for 15 years, lost several friends to the aids virus. She works to honor them every day.

“I lost one of my best friends, and I wanted to honor him in some way,” Massey said. “So when I had an opportunity to join this crew I jumped at the chance, because that gave me a way to honor him and other friends and people that I know, and it’s very important to me.”

The group picks a different theme for the Bal every year. This year, it was “rolling out the red carpet.”

Massey said that they’ll keep fighting as long as they need to.

“When this organization started, we hoped that we wouldn’t have to be around for this long, that they would find a cure for HIV AIDS, but that has not happened,” she said.

Ray Taylor, co-captain and founding member of the Krewe, said the group started with one goal.

“We wanted to make a difference,” Taylor said. “We were losing friends.”

Taylor appreciates both the Krewe and the Tuscaloosa community.

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