Threads of Remembrance : Public Support

Because there was little government action to help combat this disease, the gay community, the group most affected by the disease, created community-based organizations and activist groups around the country to provide support for those affected by the disease. The earliest AIDS resource in Dallas was the Oak Lawn Counseling Center, founded in 1981 by Harold P. (Howie) Daire and Candy Marcum, which provided educational and patient support services. The most notable organization providing various types of support for AIDS patients was the AIDS Resource Center. Other organizations were created with the intent of raising donations to provide support for AIDS organizations, such as Black Tie Dinner, DIFFA-Dallas, and Razzle Dazzle Dallas.