Razzle Dazzle Dallas distributes proceeds

Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund board, from left, D’wayne Teague, Tony Rox, David Hearn, Greg Wallace and John Cooper Lara

John Cooper Lara, chair of the Razzle Dazzle Dallas board, presented checks to beneficiaries of the June events at Sue Ellen’s on Monday evening.

The Metro Ball, which took place at S4 on June 8 and featured Taylor Dayne, raised $31,500 for the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund. GDMAF provides financial assistance for critical needs through local organizations when other sources are exhausted.

Funds from the Saturday night street party were split among nine beneficiaries. Those organizations were Resource Center Dallas, AIDS Arms, AIDS Interfaith Network, Turtle Creek Chorale, Cedar Springs Beautification Fund, Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage, GLBT Leap, Uptown Players and Legal Hospice of Texas. That party raised $25,000.

Razzle Dazzle Dallas board, from left, Jimmy Bartlett, Johnny Humphrey, Chris Bengston, Thom Dance, John Cooper Lara, Kris Martin, Ron Adams and Howard Okon

—  David Taffet

Local AIDS agencies send staff members to International AIDS conference

CNN’s Anderson Cooper, center, with, from left, AIDS Arms’ Nadia Molina, Mychael Patterson, Whitney Hynes and Kali Eszlinger

J.P. Cano

Several HIV/AIDS agencies from North Texas sent delegations to the International AIDS Conference that is being held in Washington, D.C. this week.

This marks the first time the conference is being held in the U.S. A ban on travel to this country by people with HIV that began in 1987 under the Reagan administration was lifted in 2010 by the Obama administration.

AIDS Arms has a delegation of 15 HIV prevention, medical care and health navigation professionals and a volunteer at the conference. The conference has more than a week of activities, marches, trainings, research presentations and networking opportunities, with thousands of professionals and HIV-positive individuals from around the world who work in the HIV field.

AIDS Arms’ delegation includes Drs. Gene Voskuhl and John Martin, Physician Assistant Alem Bayyan, HIV/STD Prevention Director Darriane Martin and her team, Joi Anene, Alexander Ortega and Ashley Innes, and its prison re-entry Director Daron Kirven and his team, Lisa Waitmon-Moses, Mychael Patterson, Nadia Molina, Allison Boyd and Edward Jones. Whitney Hynes, AAI’s Substance Abuse Health Navigator, and volunteer, Kali Eszlinger, complete the team.

Don Maison from AIDS Services Dallas is attending the conference as is J.P. Cano from Resource Center Dallas.

Cano, coordinator at RCD’s Nelson-Tebedo Community Clinic, is one of 20 people from across the U.S. selected as a member of the AIDS 2012 Embajadores (Ambassadors) program, part of the “Mobilizing Latino/Hispanic Communities” initiative at the 19th International AIDS conference. The program identifies, mobilizes and supports the next generation of Latino/Hispanic leaders in the HIV/AIDS field.

The Afiya Center in South Dallas was selected to participate in the Global Village, which will be open to all conference participants. Women served by the organization will showcase their Living Positively Positive project, which focuses on improving health outcomes for women living with HIV/AIDS and those at greatest risk of becoming infected.

Executive Director Marsha Jones said, “The Afiya Center is extremely proud and honored that our activity was chosen to be part of theAIDS 2012 program.”

—  David Taffet

National HIV Testing Day events

HIV rapid test

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. Here is a list of some of the locations where HIV rapid testing will be offered free:

Oak Lawn:

Nelson-Tebedo Community Clinic
4012 Cedar Springs Road
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Free rapid walk-in public testing, open to the public
214-528-0144

South Dallas:

Abounding Prosperity
2311 MLK Jr. Blvd.
2 p.m. –6 p.m.
Free rapid testing with UT Southwestern and Parkland also doing testing in the Red Bull tent. 97.9 The Beat will broadcast from the event.
An executive from the Centers for Disease Control will be in attendance and make remarks about 3 p.m.
214-421-4800

North Dallas:

AIDS Arms Mall Take-over Tour
Valley View Center
13331 Preston Road
10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Free HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing
HIP HOP 4 HIV concert tickets will also be available at this location

Fort Worth:

AIDS Outreach Center
400 N. Beach St., Fort Worth
9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Kaplan College
9 a.m.–8 p.m.
2001 Beach Street, Fort Worth
817-916-5229

Around the Metroplex:

AIDS Arms free rapid HIV testing in partnership with Walgreens Stores at these store locations:

5001 Ross Ave.
3 p.m.–7 p.m.
Free rapid HIV testing

2909 Lemmon Ave.
1 p.m.–5 p.m.

1651 West University, McKinney
3 p.m.–7 p.m.

AIDS Arms testing on these college campuses:

Free rapid HIV testing and education
Paul Quinn College
3837 Simpson Stuart Road
10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Collin College
2800 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano
10 a.m.–3 p.m.

—  David Taffet

Avita Drugs opens at Trinity Clinic

Pharmacist-in-Charge Kent Helvey, left, and Pharmacy Technician Krystal Dorsey

Avita Drugs at Trinity Health and Wellness Clinic in Oak Cliff held its grand opening this week. Last year, the company merged with RX Partners, which has a store now also under the Avita name on Oak Lawn Avenue.

The company was founded in 2003 to specialize in HIV medications, according to Mike McBride, vice president of business development. He said that the company’s oldest pharmacy is attached to the NOAIDS Task Force clinic in New Orleans.

Avita also specializes in mental health, transplant and hepatitis medications, but is open to the public to fill any prescription.

McBride said that the company’s partnership with AIDS Arms helps them maximize their funding and stretch their services. In addition to traditional insurance, they are in-network with ADAP and Medicaid, as well as Resource Center Dallas’ co-pay assistance program.

COO Tim Jacobs said, “We accept multiple funding sources many pharmacies don’t want to deal with.”

Avita offers free delivery at no charge.

McBride said the company is putting together a financial assistance program to help patients in need with their co-pays and deductibles.

“We’ll roll that out in the next 30 to 60 days,” McBride said.

—  David Taffet

GDMAF forms new alliance with AIDS Arms

David Hearn

David Hearn, board president for the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, announced that AIDS Arms will take over GDMAF’s administrative responsibilities. That leaves the board more time to concentrate on fundraising.

GDMAF raises money to help people with HIV/AIDS by providing financial assistance for critical needs. Metro Ball, now held in conjunction with Razzle Dazzle Dallas, is its major annual fundraiser.

GDMAF has had a long partnership with AIDS Arms. In addition to being a beneficiary of LifeWalk, many of those whom the fund assists are referred by AIDS Arms case managers.

Referrals from other agencies will also be streamlined. Hearn said he expects them to be made through its website in the next month or two.

The full press release follows the break:

—  David Taffet

Eat for charity: Fish City Grill giving back to AIDS Arms LifeWalk today

If you are looking for somewhere to have dinner tonight, consider Fish City Grill over at 2323 N. Henderson, because the restaurant will be donating 15 percent of the proceeds from sales through 10 p.m. tonight to AIDS Arms LifeWalk.

And if you want to keep those New Year’s resolutions about eating healthier alive, then Fish City Grill has what you need there, too. Check out the menu and start planning your meal.

You don’t need a coupon or a flier, just an appetite and some cash (or credit card)!

—  admin

Elizabeth Taylor still giving to people with HIV/AIDS

Elizabeth Taylor, second from left, and AIDS Services of Dallas Executive Director Don Maison, far right, at Dillards at NorthPark Center in Dallas in 1996.

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation will get a big infusion of cash this week as a result of an auction of jewelry.

Elizabeth Taylor, who died March 23, 2011, had a collection of jewelry that was estimated to be worth $20 million. The auction has already brought in $116 million.

The auction is going on at Christie’s in New York.

Among the jewels sold was a pearl purchased by Richard Burton for $37,000, which sold for $11.6 million. The pearl had once been owned by Mary Tudor and was painted in the 17th century by Diego Valezquez.

Taylor co-founded AmFAR in 1985 and began The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991, with a focus on direct service to people living with HIV. AIDS Services Dallas, Bryan’s House and AIDS Arms have been recipients of grants from that organization.

—  David Taffet

Holiday on the Strip takes place Dec. 7

Cedar Springs Merchants Association’s First Wednesday Wine Stroll for December takes place on Cedar Springs on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Oak Lawn Band and Voice of Pride singers will provide holiday music. Merchants offer free wine all evening (with the purchase of a Cedar Springs Merchants Association wine glass).

At 7 p.m., the Cedar Springs Christmas Tree will be lit on the patio of TMC: The Mining Company.

Sexy Santa will be on the Street handing out fun gifts and prizes. Go to the main tent in front of Buli Cafe to find out the “Secret Saying” for Santa to give you a prize!

AIDS Arms‘ Santa and elves will be visiting the bars collecting toys for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Director of Development Tori Hobbs said that they would like to provide gifts to the more than 700 children of clients served by the agency. They will hold a Santa pub crawl in conjunction with First Wednesday.

Santa and the elves will begin the evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Round-Up Saloon. Here’s where they’ll be the rest of the evening:

6:45 at Peker’s
7:00 at Brick/Joe’s
7:30 at TMC
8:00 at Sue Ellen’s
8:30 at JR’s Bar & Grill
9:00 at Drama Room
9:30 at the Round-Up
10:00 at the Dallas Eagle
10:30 at Tin Room
11:00 at BJ’s NXS
11:30 Return to Round-up

Toys should be unwrapped. Anyone who cannot make it to the Santa Pub Crawl and would like to donate toys may contact Hobbs or Hannah Orsburn at AIDS Arms at 214-521-5191.

—  David Taffet

Trinity Clinic grand opening celebration

The grand opening celebration of the new Trinity Health and Wellness Clinic in Oak Cliff was held on Tuesday, Oct. 11. (photos by David Taffet/Dallas Voice)

—  David Taffet

LifeWalk may have topped last year’s total

“LifeWalk was extremely well attended,” said AIDS Arms development associate Hannah Orsburn.

The AIDS walk stepped off from Lee Park on Sunday, Oct. 2 at noon.

Orsburn said numbers are still being tallied for dollars raised and number of walkers. Those figures should be available Tuesday. The only figure available was for online donations and that number is higher than last year. She said that donations can still be made through the LifeWalk website through Oct. 14.

“There was more to see, more to do,” Orsburn said. “The energy was so great this year. More groups participated.”

One group of walkers from Worth Ross Associates, an Oak Lawn-based real estate management company, said that its team had more than 40 people participate. In addition to the money raised by each of the walkers, the company underwrote at the $5,000 level.

Orsburn said after the walk, people stayed in the park later.

One reason may have been additional vendors and the Passport. Walkers were given a passport that had to be signed at each of the vendors’ booths. Once completed, they were turned in for a drawing that will be held later this week.

For a slideshow of images from LifeWalk, go here.

—  David Taffet