May 2018

Director and Actor Matt Bomer Named 2018 AIDS Walk & 5K Run Honorary Chair

Broadway star, director and actor Matt Bomer is this year’s AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run Honorary Chair. The announcement came to an excited crowd at this year’s 32nd Annual Make A Promise Gala.

Click here to view the announcement. You can also read about it by clicking here.

Registration for the walk/run is open at Participants who raise $1,000 or more will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Matt at the walk on October 6.

Like the walk on Facebook to get the most up-to-date information on fundraising tips, events and more!

Make A Promise Raises 12 Percent Over Previous Year

Thanks to you, Make A Promise raised over $315,000, 12 percent more than last year's event and breaking all previous records!

On Saturday, April 28 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, 913 donors, sponsors, and community members came together to help the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin advance the fight against AIDS at the 32nd Annual Make A Promise Gala. The theme was "Make A Promise Goes to Broadway."

The evening kicked off with a fantastic silent auction and the sounds of Broadway piped into the hall. Guests moved into the dining room for a sumptuous dinner and enjoyed live renditions of the Great White Way's greatest hits.

Jamal Perry, an advocate for ARCW PrEP clinics, shared a moving account of his experience with PrEP. Following Jamal’s speech, the envelope appeal set a new record raising $76,150 to help fund access to PrEP for low income individuals.

Following the program guests danced the night away at the "Backstage Club."

A special announcement was broadcast live during the program through the ARCW Facebook page. The 2018 AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run Honorary Chair was revealed: Director and Actor Matt Bomer. Visit our website to learn more or to register.

"Like" us on Facebook and keep an eye out for event photos. Click here to see the photo booth gifs from the evening. If you're sharing your photos use hashtag #arcwmap.

Rocky Mountain CARES Now Offering Behavioral Wellness Services

People living with HIV often confront mental health challenges that can be difficult to overcome. Sometimes these challenges become a barrier to successful HIV medical treatment by negatively impacting medication and treatment plan adherence. This is why providing integrated and coordinated medical and mental healthcare is so important to us.

In order to increase access to mental health care for people living with HIV in Denver, Rocky Mountain CARES has added a new behavioral health and wellness provider position. Our new mental health professional, Nico Baker, has been working in the HIV and behavioral wellness communities since 2004.

Now, RMC is providing individual psychotherapy, as well as consultation and liaison services in the medical clinic. These services are delivered as a part of our patient-centered care model in our newly renovated clinical space in Denver.

Nico has experience providing services in a primary care clinic, as well as delivering individual and group psychotherapy. He has worked with the LGBTQ community, individuals experiencing homelessness, and patients with chronic health diagnoses – all of which are situations that impact many of our HIV patients.

Patients and clients interested in making an appointment are encouraged to speak with their medical provider or case manager. Please call (303)393-8050 to learn more.


Gearing Up For Pride

Each year communities all over the world hold events to celebrate Pride. These events bring together people from all walks of life including members of the LGBTQ+ community, allies and community groups.

We will be participating in and sponsoring Pride events across Wisconsin and in Denver throughout the summer.

In Madison Pride events are spread out throughout the season:

  • June 2 – Fruit Fest

  • June 30 – Badgerland Classic Softball Tournament

  • August 18 – Woof’s Block Party

  • August 19 – Madison Pride Parade

  • August 25 – Rock County Pride Parade

In Milwaukee, we are the exclusive sponsor of the Thursday night opening of Milwaukee’s PrideFest with DJ Cash Cash. We will also have booths in the health and wellness area as well as the youth area, and will be collecting food for our pantry at the Midgate. PrideFest kicks off with its soft opening on Thursday, June 7 and officially opens June 8. The Milwaukee Gay Sports Network will also be hosting their Annual Big Gay 5K Walk/Run to benefit ARCW and AIDS Walk Wisconsin, June 7. Click here to learn more.

Greater Wisconsin will also play host to Pride celebrations throughout the summer, including:

  • June 27  - Bad River Health Fair , Ashland

  • June 30 - Oneida Pow Wow, Oneida 

  • July 14 - Pride Alive, Green Bay

  • August 4 - Menominee Pow Wow, Keshena

  • August 11 - Bowler Pow Wow, Bowler 

  • September 1 – Duluth-Superior PrideFest, Duluth

  • (Date TBD) September - La Crosse Pridefest, La Crosse                        

Denver PrideFest takes place on June 16 & 17. We will host a booth during the event at Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver. Staff will be on hand to distribute information about our services including PrEP, as well as give out free condoms, give-a-ways and games.

If you have questions about any of these events or would like information on how to get involved, contact us today at

ARCW Wins Community Mentor Award

Since 2012, ARCW has partnered with the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as a Capstone placement site. The program recently awarded ARCW the Community Mentor Award.

The program’s “Social Justice Practicum” students work closely with community partners to develop and implement a plan of action or research. At the award’s ceremony, program director Rose-Marie Avin stated, “[ARCW] has played an active role in mentoring our students over the years… ARCW has been wonderful mentors for the WGSS students doing their capstone [and] prepares our students to engage in intersectional work outside the classroom.”

Since becoming a Capstone placement site, ARCW has hosted several students for semester-long capstone projects. Students typically work with our prevention staff on needle exchange, outreach events or special projects. Many of Q2 (our LGBTQ youth group) facilitators come from the WGSS program.

Click here to learn more about the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program.

Local Community Group Provides Support to People Living with HIV

Despite the many medical advancements that move HIV disease toward a chronic condition, living with the disease can still be an isolating experience. Fear, stigma and misinformation drive many people who are HIV positive into hiding their status.

To combat this, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church hosts a non-denominational peer gathering among men who are HIV positive. “POZ Spirit” currently meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church, located at 1239 West Mineral Street. 

Light refreshments are provided. Interested individuals are encouraged, though not required, to RSVP by calling 414.383.1100 or emailing

ARCW Pharmacy Resident Presents Research on HIV Treatment

ARCW pharmacy resident Dr. Hailey Keeser recently presented her research at a podium session at the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin’s (PSW) Pharmacy Residency Conference in early April.

Dr. Keeser’s research focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of screening patients who are scheduled for medical appointments to best identify candidates who could benefit from pharmacist interventions. The results of her research could potentially lead to integrating her screening tool into electronic medical records. This could set precedent for pharmacist intervention screening in community health settings where pharmacist resources are limited.  

Dr. Keeser was selected out of 100 candidates to be one of 12 participants in Wisconsin. The selection criteria to participate in the Podium session included novelty of research and the potential to contribute to practice change.

The research was done in our Milwaukee pharmacy and clinic, with preliminary results indicating there is an increase in the efficiency and effectiveness for screening patients best suited for clinical pharmacy management. This results in an increased number of patients who will benefit from pharmacist services with the same amount of pharmacist resources, and reduce the time spent on inefficient interventions or on the patients who will benefit the least.

Pharmacy residency is a postgraduate training program that allows the resident to perform as a licensed practitioner while training under the supervision of an experienced preceptor. ARCW runs a residency program in conjunction with the Concordia University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. The purpose of the residency program at ARCW is to support in-clinic direct patient care activities, outpatient workflow, population health initiatives, student education and pharmacy practice advancement within the organization.

ARCW Demonstrates that Food is Medicine

ARCW believes a healthy diet is a vital part of HIV treatment. Unfortunately, poor nutrition is a common problem among people with HIV. It can result in weight loss, a weaker immune system, less success with HIV medications and a worsening of HIV disease. It can also lead to other chronic conditions like diabetes, making HIV disease management more difficult.

Preventing these outcomes is why ARCW has the largest statewide network of food pantries dedicated to HIV patients in the country. Every year the ARCW Food Pantry provides more than 400 tons of nutritious food to HIV patients throughout Wisconsin.

Recently ARCW piloted a program at our Milwaukee food pantry. A nutritionist from UW-Extension came in to give a cooking demonstration during the lunch hour, showing clients and patients how to prepare a quick, easy but nutritious meal with less popular items found in the pantry, such as tofu.

The intent of the demonstrations is that our food pantry consumers will try the meal, pick up the less popular item and cook with it themselves. They are also provided with the recipe of what the nutritionist cooked that day. The ultimate goal is that the patients and clients will get out of their food comfort zones and try something new and healthy.

Click here to learn more about our Food Pantry.

Announcing a Special Challenge Grant For Estate Gifts to ARCW

Inform us that ARCW has a place in your estate plans and you can support a unique funding opportunity. When you include ARCW in your estate plans and tell us about it, William Reinicker, a longtime ally of ARCW, will make an immediate contribution of $1,000 to ARCW, up to $10,000. It’s a simple way to ensure the strength of ARCW in the fight against AIDS into the future.

If ARCW already has a place in your plans, please let us know right away so that you can help take advantage of this unique funding opportunity—and add your name to our listing of legacy leaders in our annual Honor Roll.

William Reinicker, a longtime ally of ARCW, received the 2018 ARCW Vision Award at the 32nd Annual Make A Promise Gala April 28. Reinicker has included ARCW in his estate plans and is encouraging others to do the same.

  • To qualify for this challenge grant, submit the confidential legacy leader challenge form by December 31, 2018.

Becoming a legacy donor to ARCW can open up a whole range of new experiences for you. You will join other dedicated legacy donors in receiving:

  • Special invitations to ARCW events
  • Listing as a legacy donor in the ARCW Honor Roll (unless you wish to remain anonymous)
  • Opportunity to achieve your philanthropic goals

Remember, the sooner you tell us that ARCW has a place in your estate plans, the sooner an immediate contribution of $1,000 will be made to ARCW. So if this is something you’ve been meaning to do, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Bader Philanthropies Awards ARCW $50,000 Toward Telehealth

In honor of Helen Daniels Bader’s interest in advancing healthier, older adults, Bader Philanthropies Board of Directors awarded ARCW a $50,000 grant to support the delivery of telepsychiatry to an aging HIV patient population across Wisconsin.

Advancements in healthcare allow for our HIV patients to live healthier, longer lives today than ever before. As our patient population continues to change, so do their healthcare and mental health needs. According to the World Health Organization, neuropsychiatric disorders among elderly populations account for 6.6 percent of the total disabilities in older adults, and 20 percent of adults 60 years and above suffer from a mental disorder or neurological disorder, dementia and depression in particular.

Through telepsychiatry we are able to provide psychiatric care to a geographically disbursed HIV patient population in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner. ARCW is grateful to Bader Philanthropies’ longstanding commitment to ensuring the provision of excellent mental health services for our older HIV patients.

Spring Events Lead to Summer

On Saturday, April 28 nearly 1000 individuals, donors, business leaders, volunteers and community members came together for The 32nd Annual Make A Promise Gala. Like us on Facebook to be the first to see event photos.

Kickoff Pride weekend in Milwaukee with the year’s most colorful run, the Big Gay 5K. Milwaukee Gay Sports Network is excited to host the 7th annual Big Gay 5K Run/Walk. The event will be held on June 7 5 p.m. at Veterans Park as a special kick-off event for PrideFest Milwaukee. A portion of proceeds benefit ARCW and AIDS Walk Wisconsin& 5K Run. Click here to register and learn more.

It’s time to get in gear for the 2018 AIDS Ride Wisconsin. July is just around the corner! The ride will depart from Madison on Friday, July 27 and head toward camp at Carroll University in Waukesha, returning Sunday, July 29 to Madison for the closing ceremonies. Save the dates and make a New Year Resolution to do the AIDS Ride in 2018. There is a route for every level of cycling enthusiast.

Save the date! AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run will be Saturday, October 6. This year we will be joined by director and award-winning actor Matt Bomer. Visit to register for the run or walk today.

Visit to learn more about upcoming events.

AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2018 Honorary Chair Announcement


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