AIDS Interfaith didn’t win the Toyota, so we’ll just have to go ahead and buy them one

Steven Pace

As we informed you Monday, Dallas’ AIDS Interfaith Network didn’t win a new Toyota in the company’s 100 Cars for Good contest on Sunday. The Toyota went to the Food Bank of Lincoln, Neb., which we’re sure really needs it. We still haven’t seen the final vote totals, so we don’t know how close AIN came, but Executive Director Steven Pace says the agency “did well.” And guess what? Despite coming up short in the contest, AIN still needs a new vehicle to transport its HIV-positive clients — about half of whom are homeless — to and from medical appointments, etc.. And if everyone who voted in Sunday’s contest — and especially the slackers who didn’t — pitches in a few bucks, the agency could probably get one. From Pace:

The results are in, and unfortunately AIN did not come out on top in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good contest. However, thanks to you we did well. We are moved by and grateful for the outpouring of support from people like you, in the Dallas area and beyond.

We are also thankful to Toyota for selecting us as a finalist in this contest. Originally AIN was one of 5,000 organizations that applied; then we became one of 500 finalists; and then AIN was one of five organizations competing Sunday. We were honored to be considered alongside four other very worthy organizations, and extend our congratulations to the Food Bank of Lincoln, who will use their new Toyota to help people living in poverty in southeast Nebraska.

Our 18-hour “get out the vote” effort yesterday gave us the chance to meet so many new friends, and gave us the opportunity to tell them more about the life-saving services AIN provides for people living with HIV/AIDS, especially transportation. And anytime we can do that, it is always a win!

Although we didn’t win the Toyota, we still need to buy a new vehicle to ensure clients get to the medical care, food, and social services they need to survive.
So we’re asking you to donate online today. If everyone who voted yesterday gave $5, $10, $20 (or more if you’re able), we could still purchase the vehicle we need.

Click here to make a secure, tax-deductible donation to AIN.

Thank you again for your support.

With gratitude,
Steven Pace, MSSW
Executive Director

P.S. You can also mail a check to AIN, 501 N. Stemmons Fwy., Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75207.

—  John Wright

AIN didn’t win the Toyota

According to 100 Cars for Good on Facebook (screen grab below), the Food Bank of Lincoln topped AIDS Interfaith Network to take home the Toyota in Sunday’s voting. Assuming the results are in order according to how many votes each organization received, AIN finished second. Travis Gasper at AIN says he’ll be sending out an email with more info shortly, and we’ll update as soon as we get it.

UPDATE: Gasper says he received the following in an email from the PR company representing Toyota: “We are unable to provide your organization with the specific number of votes received, ranking among the other organizations or email addresses of each person who voted for your organization.”

—  John Wright

Vote now to help AIDS Interfaith win a Toyota

AIDS Interfaith Network is one of five nonprofits competing today for a new Toyota from the company’s 100 Cars for Good program. AIDS Interfaith, of course, provides transportation and other services to low-income people with HIV/AIDS in North Texas. You can vote for AIN today and today only by going here. Below is a full press release, along with the video AIN created for the competition.

AIN NAMED FINALIST IN TOYOTA 100 CARS FOR GOOD PROGRAM

Toyota to Donate Vehicle to Local Nonprofit Organizations Based on Public Votes

DALLAS – North Texas-based organization, AIDS Interfaith Network (AIN), is one of 500 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public. Voting began last month, and supporters will have the opportunity to vote for AIN on July 10, 2011.

Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five non-profit organizations each day for 100 days on Toyota’s Facebook page, facebook.com/toyota. Visitors to the page can vote once a day for the organization that they feel is most deserving of a new Toyota vehicle. AIN will be one of the five organizations highlighted for voting on July 10, 2011.

Local residents are encouraged to support AIN and its quest for a new Toyota. If AIN receives the most votes and is awarded the vehicle, it will be used to transport homeless and low income people with HIV/AIDS to medical appointments, AIN’s meals program and adult day care center, and other life-saving social services.

—  John Wright

Gaga booed in Houston for mentioning Dallas

Lady Gaga

After her smash performance in Dallas, the city she credits with launching her career, Lady Gaga took her tour to the Toyota Center in Houston … where she was booed, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Houston paper said she gave a shout out to the cowboys in Houston and then mentioned Dallas and got booed. We know what she thinks of our fair city, so she couldn’t have done it just for the reaction. Maybe she just didn’t know there was any rivalry. Maybe she was just looking for Houston’s equivalent of the Round-Up (there isn’t one). No report that she went out and partied in Houston. Can’t really blame her.

But the Chronicle did post some photos.

Also, according to Lady Gaga’s website, she’s going to break the Arizona boycott and will be performing in Phoenix on July 31.

—  David Taffet