The 22nd annual art show and silent auction Valentine for AIDS at the Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., Boise raised $27,812 this year for Safety Net for AIDS, or SNAP. The program run by The Community Center helps people living with HIV/AIDS with expenses such as utilities and health insurance.
That’s an increase of nearly $4,000 from 2014, says Flying M owner Kent Collins.
Artists from across the Treasure Valley donated more than 250 pieces of art for the cause. The auction opened on Feb. 5 with final bidding happening on Feb. 15. “We are thrilled and thankful for the love and support of our Boise community,” Collins says.
Former M owner Lisa Myers, who grew up in Nampa, started the event in memory of a friend from high school who died of AIDS. She sold the business to Collins, who was its longtime manager, in 2011, and he kept it up. Myers and her husband Kevin now own the Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa and roast Flying M Coffee.