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Parking structure
hosts summer
film, music series

University Ombudsman and "Lavender Menace" softball team member Jennifer Walters (center) participates In the
third annual AIDS walkathon. Lavender Menace was the walking team that raised the most money.
Coimmunity mrrfem--bersa show
~upport for HIV/AIDS groups
By Patience Atkin feel that we're covering all aspects of the '80s were infected with HIV and,
Daily News Editor AIDS." of us are dead already from the fact tha
To show support for area HIV/AIDS Showing their support for those in- had to take a blood product," said f
organizations, more than 900 Ann Ar- fected with HIV was one reason walkers Wilkinson, a volunteer with the He
bor-area residents walked through down- chose to participate. philia Foundation of Michigan.
town Ann Arbor last Saturday. "I've done this AIDS walkathon ev- The walking team bringing in
The Third Annual Pledge Walk for cry year because I think it's a good most money was "Lavender Mena
B IDS raised between $40,000 and thing," said participant Barb Weir. 'I which raised almost $2,100.
50,000 for HIV/AIDS research and di- have a friend that has AIDS and anything University Ombudsman Jenn
rect patient care. Exact figures are not yet I can do to help, I will." Walters, a member of the team, said
available. For some, HIV hit closer to home. they began as a softball team. "Our sof
"All the money raised from the walk "Both my lover and I are HIV-posi- team is sponsored by HARC, and it
will go directly to serving people with tive," said walker John Letson. "We're turn, we pay back the money by walki
HIV or educating people about HIV," both very interested in the research." University students joined commu
said Larry La Ferte, president of the The eclectic mix of participants served members to show their support. "We
HIV/AIDS Resource Center. as a reninder that AIDS can be contracted to walk for AIDS," said Kinesiology
HARC, the Midwest AIDS Pre ven- a number of ways. ior Andrea Portocasrrero. "Friends of
tion Project and the Hemophilia FOInda- "(I'm here) because most of us back in (were affected by AIDS)."
,n of Michigan planned the walk.
"From the beginning, we decided we
wanted this to be a collaborative effort,"
said Craig Covey, president of MAPP.
"From the start, it's ben the same thtee
organizations - HARC, MAPP aind the
Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan. We
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By Maggie Weyhing
Daily Staff Reporter
Beginning Friday night, the roof of
the Power Center's parking structure will
host a three-week long celebration of live
entertainment, movies and food as the
Ann Arbor Summer Festival's "Top of
the Park" begins its 12th season.
The idea for the Top of the Park
originated with former University regent
Eugene Power, who is now deceased.
Power donated the money to build the
Power Center in theearly 1980s and began
the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
Admission to the Top of the Park is
free each night. Rachel Francisco, the
festival's marketing director, said that
during the next three weeks, movies such
as "The Big Chill" and "Ghost" will be
shown starting at 7 p.m.
Don Dettling, manager of Top of the
Park, said the movies will be shown in an
elevator shaft in the structure.
"The shaft has been specially painted
with reflective paint to add to the effect,"
Dettling said.
Following the movies, live entertain-
ment from various bands and orchestras
of these bands will include Big Dave and the
Ultrasonics, BlueVinyland Tracy Lee with
George Bedard and the Kingpins.
Along with the entertainment, local
Ann Arbor restaurants will be set up on
top of the structure. All the food and bev-
erage booths will begin operatinig at 6:30
every night. This year, Stucchi's Ice
Cream, Cottage Inn Pizza, Amer's
Deli, Gandy Dancer and Rendez-Vous

Cafe will all open booths.
"We like to utilize local restaurants,"
Dettling said.b"The very first Top ofthe Park
was started with the help of the Michigan
Union Food Services. However, now we se-
lect andruse localrestaurants."
Dettling said restaurants who set up at
Top of the Park raise a lot of revenue.
"The Ann Arbor Summer Festival
and the Top of the Park are nonprofit or-
ganizations. The restaurants that setupdur-
ing Top oftheParkhelpus withtheexpenses
of paying for the entertainment,"he said.
Kevin Hayes, general manager of
Amer's Deli, said Top of the Park helps
promote and expose his business. "We are
definitely excited for the festival.We think
it will be a great success," he said. "We are
anticipating good business because this
year we will be offering more from our
The Amer's booth will offer a choice
of about 20 non-grilled, non-toasted and
vegetarian sandwiches, as well as spe-
cialty salads and desserts.
Both Francisco and Dettling said Top
of the Parkcontinually draws largecrowds
each year.
"It's a lot of fun and also a great
family event," Francisco said. "There
is usually a cross from everyone in
Ann Arbor that attends."
Dettling said he expects this year to
bring a similar turnout as previous years.
"It's a vety successful and free event.
There is always a great mix of people from
youth to older people," he said. "Some-
times we even get people in their 80s and
90s that come to enjoy the activities."

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