September 29, 2005

Interactive activities like this climbing wall gave the kids a chance to "defy gravity" and explore the connections between science and daily life.

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On Saturday, July 30, Goldman Sachs—a good friend of ASC—generously provided children of ASC clients with an all-expense-paid trip to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.

Through the corporation's Community Teamworks Program, 25 children spent the day at this renowned science museum, participating in interactive programs, viewing science exhibits, and enjoying an IMAX movie.

The outing, which included breakfast and lunch, was chaperoned by 40 Goldman Sachs Community Teamworks volunteers, several ASC staff members, and two Angel Wish representatives, including its founder, Shimmy Mehta. The excellent adult-to-child ratio meant that every child received caring, individualized attention throughout the day, enriching the experience for all concerned.

The trip gave the children a rare and wonderful opportunity to broaden their horizons and experience an array of new sights and sounds. These young people, who live in households where one or both parents struggle with HIV/AIDS, greatly benefit from the chance to take a break from their routine and just be kids for awhile, leaving behind the stress and worry that often characterize their day-to-day lives. Everyone on the trip thoroughly enjoyed the special day.

ASC is grateful to the women and men of Goldman Sachs' Community Teamworks for providing this generous gift to the children of ASC's clients. We are equally grateful to Angel Wish, which first connected ASC with Community Teamworks, and which continues to oversee and coordinate these memorable events.

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