Fighting AIDS with art: 'I look forward to this every year'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The 20th annual Valentine for AIDS kicked off Thursday at the Flying M in Boise. Each year the event gets bigger and draws more people in.

"I look forward to this every year, its such a unique venue. There's like over 300 artists," said Duane Holladay an artist who donated to the event.

"I love it! I have a lot of friends that donate to this so I always try to look for their artwork," said Bonnie Patrick, a Boise resident.

The coffee shop hosts everything from drawings, to sculptures, to quilts and paintings.

"It's always my favorite time of the year. Just to see the community giving back and all the artist giving back to such a great organization," said Jessica Pallante, an employee at Flying M Coffee.

All the artwork is donated by local artists for an open auction and all the proceeds to got the Safety Net For Aids Program. A group who supports community members living with aids.

"I think every cause needs a support system and this is a good cause to support," Patrick said.

"I've collected several pieces over the years myself. You know looking around your living room they bring great joy because obviously I bought them for a reason, they mean something to me," Holladay said.

The even raises around $20,000 each year.

If you want to check out some of the artwork, or even take a piece home with you, you have until Feb. 10.