AIDS Outreach Center among local organizations competing for branding services

10176143_749468918408464_5830001402419559583_nAIDS Outreach Center is among 16 Dallas-Fort Worth area non-profits competing for $8,000 worth of branding, communication and media marketing services from Immotion Studios in Fort Worth.

The Mission in Motion competition is a joint partnership between Immotion and the Texas Christian University School of Strategic Communication. It is designed to help advance the missions and goals of groups to a larger audience. That audience includes donors, foundations and volunteers.

But there’s a catch: you have to vote for them every day between now and July 27. If they make it to the top five, they’ll advance for consideration before a full committee.

The second and third place winners won’t exactly lose either: they will receive 300 hours in services from the TCU School of Strategic Communication, one of the nation’s top strategic communication schools.

So set up a daily reminder on your calendar or phone, or cover your desk with sticky notes, or do whatever you need to put AOC over the top for this fantastic opportunity.

—  James Russell

Tarrant County AIDS Walk also excedes expectations

Inclement weather didn’t stop 500 walkers from participating in this year’s Tarrant County AIDS Walk. The 23rd annual event benefitting the AIDS Outreach Center even exceeded expectations, said Sarina Harz, AOC’s Development Associate.

As of Friday, March 20, Harz told the Voice the staff anticipated around 40 day-of registrants. They had more than 60, she said.

The weather also didn’t prevent 20 vendors ranging from Trinity MCC in Arlington to TCU’s Energy Institute from setting up.

Another plus? Almost all the pets from the Humane Society’s adoption booth found homes. Hopefully the last two critters were swept up after I left.

Beside exceeding financial expectations, this year brought new teams and faces, including this year’s top group fundraiser, the staff of the LGBT-friendly Sarah’s Place in Fort Worth.

The staff promised me a final vote tally and list of all the winners next week. While raising an estimated $30,000 ain’t bad at all, I hope the final numbers exceed their expectations.

 

—  James Russell

2014 Black Tie Dinner: The Night in Photos

The Sheraton Dallas hotel was wall-to-wall Saturday night for the 33rd annual Black Tie Dinner, which raised funds for local beneficiaries and the Human Rights Campaign.

The event featured the presentation of the Kuchling Humanitarian Award to Mike Anglin, the Black Tie Media Award to Dale Hansen and the Elizabeth Birch Equality Award to attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies, along with special appearances by NBA star Jason Collins and the Prop 8 plaintiffs.

Comedienne Dana Goldberg emcees the evening, which also featured entertainment by Alex Newell and Steve Grand.

Dallas Voice photographer Cassie Quinn captured the evening in photos:

—  Tammye Nash

POZ Magazine founder to speak in Arlington

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Sean Strub

Sean Strub — founder and advisory editor of POZ Magazine, executive director of the Sero Project and author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival — will speak Aug. 21 in the Rooftop Gallery at Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. in Arlington, at an event benefiting AIDS Outreach Center.

The event is presented by Friends of AOC. A $75 donation to AOC is requested of those attending, and tickets are available here.

Strub, a long-time activist and writer, has been HIV-positive for more than 33 years. He was publisher and executive editor of POZ from 1994-2004. Sero Project, for which he is executive director, is a network of people with HIV fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice. He is also treasurer of the U.S. Caucus of PWHA Organizations, and he served on the board of directors of the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS from 2009-2012, and as co-chair of its North American affiliate from 2011-2012.

—  Tammye Nash

Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS distributing assets this Saturday

Lone Star Ride 2010Need a tent? Water? Want a Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS keepsake like a T-shirt or jersey? All of those items, and more, will be distributed free.

Lone Star Ride Board President Jacque Borel sent this message to all former Lone Star Ride participants — riders and crew.

The Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS has reached the end of the road, but there are a number of items stored in the LSRFA storage facility which may be of value to previous riders and crew.

The storage unit, at 4641 Production St., Unit No. 25, will be unlocked from 10 a.m. until noon this Saturday, Feb. 8, so that former participants can pick up whatever supplies and equipment they wish.

The storage unit must be emptied by the end of February, so all materials which remain after this Saturday will be either donated or otherwise disposed of. If there are questions, please contact Jacque Borel, board chair.

Production Street is off Lucas Avenue between Maple Avenue and Harry Hines Boulevard in Oak Lawn.

The beneficiaries have already been to the storage locker and gotten whatever they can use. Items include camping equipment, bottled water, rakes, brooms, bike racks, ice chests, jerseys, shirts and a variety of other memorabilia.

Borel assures us that the tents do not come equipped with the rocks that always seemed to be strategically placed under each and every tent during the ride.

A number of items of historical importance will be donated to the LGBT archives at University of North Texas.

—  David Taffet

Lone Star Ride disbands, 2013 ride was its last

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In this 2013 Dallas Voice file photo, Lone Star Ride distributed $85,000 in proceeds from the 100-mile, one-day bike ride. From left, AIDS Outreach Executive Director Shannon Hilgart, Jackie Jones, AIDS Services of Dallas President and CEO Don Maison, Michael Matthews and Resource Center CEO Cece Cox.

After 13 years of fundraising, the board of directors of Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS announced its 2013 ride was its last, according to a press release the organization released Sunday.

“We’ve seen a decline in sponsors, volunteers and riders, and we felt we had a responsibility to the people donating money to be responsible for that money,” said board president Jacque Borel.

Lone Star Ride raised $28,000 for each of the organization’s three beneficiaries in 2013, but that number fell short of the organization’s goal.

“Based on the return for 2013 and the two prior years, the Board has determined that the effort and expense required to stage a 2014 ride and subsequent events are not justified,” the press release stated.

The money was distributed to AIDS Outreach Center, AIDS Services of Dallas and Resource Center. Since 2001, LSRFA has donated more than $2 million to those agencies, according to its website.

Although Lone Star Ride is disbanding, it acknowledges the fight against HIV/AIDS and the need to serve those affected isn’t over.

“With that in mind, the LSRFA Board of Directors thanks the riders, crew and donors who have shared the road with us the last 13 years, and encourages them to continue the fight by directly supporting AIDS Outreach Center, AIDS Services of Dallas, and Resource Center Dallas,” the organization wrote in the press release.

Borel said the decision to disband Lone Star Ride is “heartbreaking, but we are trying to be good stewards with the money.”

“We’ll have to look for another way to raise money for the beneficiaries,” he said.

—  Steve Ramos

21st annual Tarrant County AIDS Walk steps off Saturday at Trinity Park

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AIDS Outreach Center hopes to earn $100,000 at the Tarrant County’s 21st annual AIDS Walk and Fun Run.

The event begins at 8 a.m. on March 30 at the northern end of Trinity Park at Stayton and 7th streets in Fort Worth with warm-up exercises, yoga, vendors and entertainment. Runners will begin at 9:30 a.m. and walkers at 9:45 a.m.

Registration is $30, which includes a commemorative T-shirt. Dog and pet registration is $10.

Donations may be made online or may be mailed to AIDS Outreach Center, 400 North Beach St., Ste. 100, Fort Worth, Texas, 76111.

AOC serves Tarrant County and seven surrounding counties with a nutrition center, dental clinic, counseling and case management. An AIDS Healthcare Foundation clinic is attached to its main office.

—  David Taffet

AOC kicks off 21st Tarrant County AIDS Walk with a casino party

AIDS Outreach Center‘s 21st annual Tarrant County AIDS Walk and Fun Run will be held Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to noon in Trinity Park. Sign-in takes place at the Trinity Park Pavilion at 7th Street in Fort Worth.

A casino night kick-off party will be Feb. 8 at the Hilton Fort Worth, 815 Main Street, beginning at 7 p.m.

Volunteers for the walk and fun run are needed for set-up, water stations, path monitors, kids area, registration, food, vendor check-in and clean-up.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Mary Scales by email or at 817-296-0597.

In the eight counties served by AOC, more than 4,500 people are known to be living with HIV/AIDS. Estimates are that 20 percent more in the area are infected and do not know.

AOC was founded in 1986 by volunteers to help people with AIDS in Fort Worth deal with end-of-life issues. Today AOC stands as the largest AIDS social service organization in Tarrant County in the fight against AIDS.

Last year, the agency partnered with AIDS Healthcare Foundation to open a medical clinic at its facility.

—  David Taffet

Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS holds makeup ride, distributes $90K

Participants ride out from the parking lot behind Caven Enterprises on Sunday.

Lone Star Ride held a shortened makeup ride Sunday and then distributed $90,000 to its three beneficiaries at a party at TMC.

The original ride, scheduled for Sept. 29–30, was canceled because of two days of heavy rain.

The makeup ride included a 30-mile morning route that began and ended at TMC on Cedar Springs Road and circled White Rock Lake. Additional riders participated in an afternoon ride that left at noon and made a round trip to ride sponsor Microsoft’s headquarters in Las Colinas.

Riders returned to Oak Lawn by 2:30 p.m. Sunday after completing the 25-mile round trip. They met in the parking lot of Cathedral of Hope and at 3 p.m. rode down Cedar Springs Road together. A crowd outside of JR.’s Bar & Grill and TMC cheered the riders in.

At TMC, awards were given for biggest fundraising teams and individuals. Dallas Voice placed second and Slow Spokes won the team competition. Anything Goes, Hope Riders and Wells Fargo placed third through fifth.

Ralph Randall was the largest individual fundraiser. Les Borzy, a first-time Lone Star Rider, was second.

Checks totaling $90,000 were distributed to beneficiaries AIDS Services Dallas, AIDS Outreach Center and Resource Center Dallas.

More photos from the makeup ride after the jump.

—  David Taffet

Gould resigns as AOC executive director

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Allan Gould resigned as executive director of AIDS Outreach Center in Fort Worth effective Sept. 1.

“Although it is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I make this decision, it is, as they say, time for me to move on,” Gould wrote on his Facebook page.

Gould was on hand earlier this month to help dedicate the new Magic Johnson Medical Clinic operated by AIDS Healthcare Foundation that operates in conjunction with AOC and shares space with the Tarrant County AIDS service organization.

“Now, there is little challenge left outside daily operations and oversight of programs and I feel my job is done,” Gould wrote.

He did not announce what he would be doing next.

—  David Taffet