About Festival for Life

In Memory of Jerôme Beillard

Jerôme Beillard Festival for Life

Festival for Life 2012

About Jerome Beillard

December 8, 1989 was the first Festival of the Trees, a fundraiser for the People with AIDS Coalition of Tucson (P.A.C.T). The event auctioned off nearly 200 decorated trees and wreathes for the holiday season. Over the years, the event grew and in 1992, Festival of the Trees became Festival for Life adding artwork, menorahs, and celebrity items. That year also had a special appearance by Miss Mary Wilson, formerly of the Supremes. In 1995, P.A.C.T.’s co-founder and Executive Director, Jerôme Beillard, passed away from AIDS complications and Festival for Life was renamed to the Jerôme Beillard Festival for Life – honoring the work and spirit of a great man.  Each year added amazing artwork, designer Christmas trees, gift baskets, celebrity items and sculptures. Each year also added local sponsors and community members all supporting the same cause.

In 1997, when the three AIDS Service Organizations merged to create the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) – the Paper Prayer Benefit from the Shanti Foundation was added to Festival for Life. Local artists, students, and others create strips of art that represent an ancient Japanese tradition of giving a person who is ill a Paper Prayer as a gift to bring good health. Each year, Festival for Life continues to sells hundreds of Papers to Prayers to be used as cards and tokens of good health.

Over the years, the event has grown and changed, but the main attraction continues to be the collection of fine artwork on display in the live and silent auction. In addition to art, the auction features holiday items, gift baskets, gift certificates, celebrity collectibles, trips, one-of-a-kind experiences and paper prayers. Our guests recognize this great opportunity to find amazing works of art and great gifts, just as the holiday shopping season begins!

2015 Festival for Life Committee

Cindy Joy, Co-Chair

Claire Ortloff, Co-Chair

David Adix

Peter Bleasby

Lorraine Darconte

Barry Heikkila

Tom Martin

John McNulty

Mark A. Molina

Karen Robello

Paul Sanchez

Kerry Stratford

This event benefits the programs and services of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF).

News and Events

  • Festival for Life discounted tickets available through October, October 13, 2015

    This year’s Festival for Life live and silent auction benefiting SAAF and presented by Long Realty Cares Foundation will take place on Saturday November 14, 2015 at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, located at 1288 West River Road. This year’s event will feature well over 500 items up for bid and we hope you will […]

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  • Festival for Life Tickets Now on Sale, October 7, 2013

    The 26th Annual Jerome Beillard Festival for Life will take place on Saturday November 8 at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center. There will be more than 500 items up for bids and the deals are tremendous. Get your tickets today and join us for THE live and silent auction event of the season. Each ticket […]

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  • Day of the Dead Ornaments to Benefit SAAF to be featured at Festival, July 3, 2013

    Longtime SAAF donor Suzanne Myal of Artistry of Poland has donated more than 100 Day of the Dead hand-blown glass ornaments to SAAF as a fundraiser. Each ornament measures nearly 6″ high by 5″ wide. There are 3 captions to choose from: Jolly Halloween, Remember the Dead, & Spooktacular. Originally priced at $60 each, we […]

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  • Festival News, May 31, 2012

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The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action.