AIN announces 3 benefits over next 2 weeks

AIDS Interfaith Network announced three events in two weeks to benefit homeless and low-income clients of the agency.

“We really do have opportunities for everyone to support AIN,” writes Travis Gasper, AIN’s director of development. “From trying your hand with lady luck, to simply going out to dinner, you can impact someone’s life and support AIN. Every dollar makes a difference!”

Among the services AIN provides are transportation, adult day care, meals, pastoral services and translation.

The upcoming fundraising events are:

• Chili’s Give Back Day, Thursday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m, 3230 Knox St. in Dallas: Enjoy lunch, dinner, take-out or catering from Chili’s, and a portion of all sales go back to AIN. AIN Ambassadors will be at the restaurant all day; just stop by get a flier to present to your server. Let Chili’s do the cooking, and support AIN at the same time. Call 214-801-8006 for catering info.

• Charity Poker Tournament, Saturday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m. at the Brick, 2525 Wycliff Ave.: Feeling lucky? Play Texas Hold ’em Poker in our monthly tournament, in partnership with Pocket Rockets Dallas and the Dallas Bears. You don’t have to be a card shark to try your luck. Free to join, with great raffle prizes and drink specials all afternoon. Click here for more information.

• Making One Meal Matter, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6–9 p.m. at Bread Winners in Uptown, 3301 McKinney Ave.: Dine out and make a difference! Bread Winners will donate 20 percent of your bill (including beverages!) back to AIN. An easy way to fill up and do good. Call 214-754-4940 for reservations.

—  David Taffet

LOCAL BRIEFS: AIN poker tourney at the Brick; Bates set for Dallas Black Pride

AIN poker tourney set at the Brick

A charity poker tournament is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Brick, 2525 Wycliff, to benefit AIDS Interfaith Network.

The Dallas Bears and the LGBT poker league Pocket Rockets will co-host the event with the Brick. Miller Lite is the sponsor and play begins at 3 p.m.

It’s free to play but AIN will benefit in a number of ways. The agency will receive a portion of the drink specials sold. Players may buy additional chips, and the Bears will hold a 50/50 raffle.

A cash prize pool of $500 will be awarded and all levels of players are welcome.

Bates set for Dallas Black Pride

Christopher H. Bates will speak at the Dallas Black LGBT Community Summit on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Dallas Marriott City Center Hotel. He is the director of Health and Human Service’s Office of HIV/AIDS Policy.

Bates will discuss the federal government’s response to the high infection rate among young gay African-American men. He has 20 years experience in public health policy and has been with OHAP for more than a decade.

Bates administers funds for the Minority AIDS Initiative and advises the Undersecretary of Health on education, prevention, testing, research, care and treatment strategies. Information is available at DFWPrideMovement.org.

Martin offers program for couples

Randy Martin, LPC, will facilitate an eight-session program for couples, Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout September and October.

The program is based on the theory and practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). The first session focuses on the new science of love and what it teaches us. The next seven sessions focus on helping couples shape and use the seven conversations laid out in the book Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson, the developer of EFT.

Couples interested in participating should contact Martin at 214-520-7575. The cost of the program is $500 per couple and includes a copy of the book Hold Me Tight and other necessary materials.

NGPA seeks donations

The National Gay Pilots Association recently awarded $22,000 in scholarships and is seeking donations for future awards to aspiring LGBT aviators.

Since its founding in 1998, the NGPA Education Fund has given 46 awards totaling $139,000. Donations can be made on the group’s website, NGPA.org.

—  John Wright

Queer documentary screening to benefit AIN

Rainbows End, a Texas-set documentary about three Texans on a quest to cross the country for the promised land of Los Angeles, got its local debut at the Dallas International Film Festival last March. Among the quirky stars of the show was Audrey Dean Leighton, a rainbow-wearing Nocogdochan with the mission to take lessons on the Internet at the Gay and Lesbian Center.

If you missed it then, you get a chance to correct that later this month. On July 23 and 24, the newly restored (and gay-friendly) Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff will host screenings of the film. The showings, at 5 p.m. every day, will include live music from Country Willie, and proceeds will benefit the AIDS Interfaith Network.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

PHOTOS: Christian music duo (and partners) Jason & deMarco Saturday at MCC

I don’ t know how this show snuck in, but I found out about it late last week. Fortunately, one of our photographers got out to the show and snapped a few pics of the night.

The gay Christian pop duo Jason and deMarco came to Dallas for a benefit show Saturday at the Metropolitan Community Church in Carrollton. They headlined a night that also included Ray Norris, Buddy Shanahan and Kim Wisdom among others. The show was a fundraiser for AIDS Interfaith Network.

“Every dollar raised from the concert will go directly to help homeless clients with HIV/AIDS,” said Steven Pace, executive director of AIN. “We are so grateful to MCC-GD for their unwavering support.”

View more of Eric Scott Dickson’s photos from the event after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez