Courtyard Theater helps combat AIDS

SELINSGROVE – The Courtyard Theater at the Susquehanna Valley Mall recently presented Kirsten Burkhart, executive director of AIDS Resource Alliance, with a check for $1,000.

The check represented a portion of the profits of the theater’s performances of the musical “Rent” in March.

The play’s plot involved artists living in “Alphabet City” in New York who were battling both poverty and the disease.

AIDS Resource, 500 W. Third St., was formed in 1988 by community members who were concerned about the plight of people dying from AIDS in Lycoming County.

However, as more effective treatments have dramatically increased life expectancy of those infected with HIV, the agency’s mission has expanded to include linking clients with the resources they need to live with HIV/AIDS, and providing prevention, education and testing to at-risk populations.

Their territory also has expanded from Lycoming County to Snyder, Union, Clinton, Centre and Potter counties.

The organization is conducting an AIDS walk on April 27, which will start at the Lycoming College Recreation Center with registration at noon and the step off at 1 p.m.

For more information about the event and AIDS Resource, visit or call 570-322-8448.