LifeWalk raises record $415K on day of event; total to be announced Nov. 7

Sunday’s 22nd annual LifeWalk set a record for the amount raised on the day of the event, which was more than $415,000.

Fundraising amounts for the whole year are still being calculated and will be announced Nov. 7 along with the top teams at the wrap-up party.

Marvin Green, event co-chair, told Instant Tea that the turnout was more than 3,000 people, but he thought participation on Sunday down because of the cold weather.

“We want to send a huge Thank You! for the tremendous dedication and generosity shown by our sponsors and Teams this year,” Green said in a statement.

Fellow Co-Chair Kelly Green said, “Wow. We are so grateful to our volunteers, walkers and community for helping us raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and the help that is available to people in need.”

See below for the full statement. For more photos from LifeWalk, go here.

—  Dallasvoice

This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

When the State Fair is in session, it’s hard not to recommend it every week, but if you’re looking for some good reasons here are two: The Addams Family and Chinese Lantern Festival. The two couldn’t be more different: Addams is a musical version of the cmapy TV sitcom, and while the plot is reed thin (and a rehash of La Cage), the performances, especially by Douglas Sills as Gomez, make it a hoot-and-a-half. .  (If you’re looking for more theater, Uptown Players’ season-ender Hello Again opens on Friday, a very adult musical about bed-hopping across a century.)

Farther into the park is the Chinese Lantern display, a gorgeous festival of color and beauty. If you can, go at night — it’s that much more special.

Sunday Funday is code for “brunch” in Dallas’ gay community, and if you wanna try something different, head over — and up — to Five Sixty at Reunion Tower. On Sunday, it inaugurates its new dim sum brunch with some familiar selections but plenty of new ones … including a Texan Mary that packs a kick with hickory-smoked rim-salt and a jalapeno olive. Yee-haw!

Before Sunday, though, check out the events hosted for Dallas’ Black Pride celebration. We plan to see Nehemiah Akbar perform at The Brick Friday and Saturday night. His music was made for dancin’ and groovin’.

After the rain-out last weekend at the Lone Star Ride (and rainy-but-still fun Pride Parade a few weeks ago), the prospects for this Sunday’s weather is positive, so it might be a good time to get out for LifeWalk. And you can enjoy the outdoors again on Thursday when lesbian twins Tegan & Sara perform at Annette Strauss Square.

 

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas Voice LifeWalk team may be almost as smart as some drag queens

No thanks to yours truly (who left early after advancing past the first round due to having Rain Man as a partner), the Dallas Voice Elizabeth Trail’rs team captured both first and third place on Sunday at “Are You Smarter Than a Drag Queen?” a trivia fundraiser benefiting LifeWalk at the Brick & Joe’s.

From left are Elizabeth Trail’rs Katie Deeds and Andrew Phifer, who won the bronze, and Rich Lopez and Jen Davis, who are now reigning world champions of this event. The first runner-up was a duo from the Green Team.

Congrats to everyone who participated, and thanks to the Brick for hosting. For more on LifeWalk, go here.

—  John Wright

Miss LifeWalk 2012 crowned

Heather Thomas

The ninth annual Miss LifeWalk Pageant raised more than $20,000 for North Texas AIDS services that benefit from the annual walk. Heather Thomas was crowned Miss LifeWalk.

Tiaras, glamorous gowns and house rocking performances were in full effect at the Rose Room at S4.  The 2012 pageant was produced by the Guys and Dolls LifeWalk Team and hosted by Ima Lush and Victoria Weston.

Guys and Dolls co-captain Jerry McDonald said, “The Guys & Dolls team is so pleased that our charity pageant continues to grow and produces much needed funds for the clients of AIDS Arms, Inc and our Partner Agencies. Each year all the performers and contestants work very hard to create an evening of great talent and fun and without a doubt it gets better each year.”

The 2012 Miss LifeWalk Contestants were Miss Heather Thomas representing Guys & Dolls, Veda Chardonnay representing the Green Team, Brandi Amara Skyy representing Resource Center Dallas, Elizabeth Trail’r, representing the Dallas Voice Elizabeth Trail’rs and Sienna Silver representing Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund.

Special guest performances included Victoria Westin, Jenna Skyy, Gloria Screamer and former Miss LifeWalk winners Anita Nother, Ima Lush, Lotta Pink and Sebrina Starr. The 2012 Miss LifeWalk winning categories are:

Miss Congeniality — Brandi Amara Skyy
Miss Spirit of LifeWalk — Brandi Amara Skyy
Miss Money Bags — Heather Thomas
Evening Wear Winner — Brandi Amara Skyy
Talent Winner — Brandi Amara Skyy
2nd Runner Up — Veda Chardonnay
1st Runner Up — Brandi Amara Skyy

Thomas raised $10,000 of the total alone. All proceeds generated from the pageant go toward LifeWalk, which takes place Sunday, Oct. 7, at Lee Park at 11 a.m. This year’s walk benefits AIDS Arms, Inc. and other partner agencies: AIDS Interfaith Network, AIDS Services of Dallas, Bryan’s House, Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, Happy Nia Dance Company, Legal Hospice of Texas, Resource Center Dallas, Turtle Creek Chorale, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas and Youth First Texas.

—  David Taffet

Scenes from Saturday’s LifeWalk Waterpalooza (which we won in case you hadn’t heard)

In 2010, the Dallas Voice didn’t advance too far in our debut at Waterpalooza, but after our confident claims (mostly to make ourselves feel better) we redeemed ourselves to take top honors on Saturday during the Razzle Dazzle daytime street fair. As the DV Elizabeth Trail’rs (also our LifeWalk team name), we crushed through the opposition (OK, two teams) to come out as the winner of the Sploosh Ball Tournament and win $100 toward our LifeWalk goal.

Find pics of the event (mostly us) after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

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

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

LifeWalk 2011 on Oct. 2 at Lee Park

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—  John Wright

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

Scenes from LifeWalk 2011 on Oct. 2

Photos by Chuck Dube/Dallas Voice (MarceloMedia)

—  John Wright