The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Daedalus Project raised about $60,000 on Aug. 17 for organizations that support people with HIV and AIDS.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Daedalus Project raised about $60,000 on Aug. 17 for organizations that support people with HIV and AIDS.

The funds from the 22nd annual event in Ashland will be distributed to local, national and international nonprofits. OnTrack Inc., the Harm Reduction Center of Southern Oregon and the Siskiyou County HIV/AIDS Foundation have all received money in the past.

"This is a way for this company and the community to recognize the importance of supporting people living with AIDS," said Paul Nicholson, the festival's executive director.

"For some of our grant recipients this is far and away the most significant single source of support they receive."

Last year, the festival raised $62,000 and gave $40,000 to OnTrack, a Rogue Valley group that operates a center for people with HIV and AIDS.

The project began in the late 1980s after several OSF company members lost friends to AIDS, Nicholson said.

— Ashland Daily Tidings