The person who’s provided housing for everyone else for 25 years is homeless

Don Maison

AIDS Services Dallas President and CEO Don Maison is looking for a place to live for the next three months after a fire started in the upstairs apartment of his East Dallas duplex.

ASD began providing housing for persons living with AIDS in 1985. Maison has headed the organization since 1989, helping to provide a place to live for thousands of people over the years. But now Maison is without a home.

“I’m fine,” Maison said. “No one was hurt.”

The fire began in the upstairs apartment when Maison’s tenant lit a fire in the fireplace. Flames got behind the wall starting the fire. Ten firetrucks responded. Maison said his part of the houses suffered mostly water and smoke damage. There were no injuries.

Maison said he was surprised when firefighters entered his house with tarps and covered — and saved — his artwork and piano.

However, structural damage will take several months to repair. Insurance is covering the damage and a temporary place to live. Maison said he thinks he found something near his house where they will sign just a three month lease with him.

—  David Taffet

LSRFA distributes funds

Co-chairs and agency representatives at LSRFA wrap party

Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS distributed proceeds from the 2011 bike ride on Sunday, Oct. 23 at a party held on the rooftop of the Wyly Theatre in the Arts District.

Three agencies — Resource Center Dallas, AIDS Services Dallas and AIDS Outreach Center — split the $125,000 proceeds. About half the riders and crew were on hand for the check distribution.

Riders and crew also signed up for the 2012 ride that takes place on Sept. 23-24.

John Tripp finished his second year as event co-chair. Danny Simpson will be senior co-chair for 2012 and David Hodge begins a two-year term as co-chair. More pics from the wrap party available here.

—  David Taffet

LSR starts season with record number of riders

Jerry Calumn at the LSR kick-off party on Sunday.

Lone Star Ride kicked off its new season with a party on the ninth floor of the Wyly Theatre in the Arts District in Downtown Dallas on Sunday afternoon. More people are registered for LSR’s 11th annual ride Sept. 24-25 than ever before at this point in the season.

Previous riders were offered half-off registration fees if they brought a new rider who registered for this year’s event.

At the kickoff party, about 115 people registered to ride, bringing the total to 134. In addition, 48 people have committed to serve as volunteer crew members.

Jerry Calumn, the new ride director, said that he expects cumulative donations to beneficiaries this year to surpass the $2 million mark since LSR was founded in 2001.

Calumn said he thinks a number of crew members from previous years signed up this week to be riders.

“There was a great energy,” he said.

He plans to continue that energy with a number of events in addition to the training rides. Several events are planned for Fort Worth as well. On June 1, they will have happy hour and sign up riders at The Garage at The Pour House, 2725 W. 7th St.

Calumn worked at Resource Center Dallas during the 1990s. RCD is one of the event beneficiaries along with AIDS Services of Dallas and AIDS Outreach Center of Tarrant County. More pics from the kickoff party below.

—  David Taffet

Happy birthday Donna Dumae!

Donna Dumae (aka Don Jenkins)
Donna Dumae (aka Don Jenkins)

He’s been Don Jenkins all his life. But for the last 26 years, he’s also been known as Donna Dumae, a paragon of charity in the Dallas/Fort Worth LGBT community.

And every January, Donna rounds up a cast of her talented friends to host her annual birthday celebration and show to raise money for a worthy cause. This year’s birthday bash fundraiser is Sunday, Jan. 24, at Dallas Eagle. Show time is 7 p.m., and all the money raised will go to AIDS Services of Dallas.

And p.s., the Eagle will be offering some excellent drink specials, from what I hear.

So happy birthday Don “Donna Dumae” Jenkins. And thank you so much for all you do — and have done through the years — for our community!метро рекламапродвижение сайта осуществляется

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Remembering friends on World AIDS Day

Round-Up

Two panels for original Round-Up Saloon owner, Tom Davis

Alan Ross used to stage the parade almost singlehandedly. Now the parade is named for him.

David Barton opened Hunky’s with his brother Rick.

ASD

Three panels remember residents of AIDS Services Dallas. The panels only list them by first name.

Band

Oak Lawn Band

OLBA

Oak Lawn Bowling Association. Every group in the LGBT community lost friends.siteтиц и pr

—  David Taffet