On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 I was honored to testify before Congress in support of access to health care and lower cost medications for people with HIV.
Participants from across Wisconsin ran, walked and volunteered on Saturday, October 7 at the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee to raise $406,082 at the 28th AIDS Walk Wisconsin and 5K Run. Supporters were joined by award-winning actress, singer and comedian, Jane Lynch, who served as the event’s Honorary Chair.
“As long as a cure for AIDS remains unfound, as long as our brothers and sisters continue to suffer, we will walk!” Lynch exclaimed during her address of the crowd. Jane ended her speech with a personal pledge of a $20,000 donation to AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run 2017.
The top fundraising team was the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Staff, Family & Friends team – raising $42,308 to-date.
The winner of the Raising the Bar Challenge was The Strongest Link II, with Taylor’s Milwaukee bar, raising $7,522. The Raising the Bar Challenge is a friendly competition among bars and night clubs across the state.
The team from Northwestern Mutual won this year’s winner of the annual corporate challenge, with a fundraising total of $8,505. The challenge, sponsored by the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, is designed to recognize LGBT professionals and their allies in the fight against AIDS. Together, the teams in this challenge raised $23,303.
The top individual fundraiser this year is Michael Bersch from Lake Havasu, AZ who raised $21,200. A Wisconsin native, Bersch, who has participated in this event for 11 years, received the 2017 Philanthropy award from ARCW at the annual Make A Promise gala in April. Having raised a cumulative $129,800, no other AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run registrant has ever raised as much money for this event.
Winners of the 5K run were Josh Bodnar, 22 (men) at 18:08 and Madeline Timm, 23 at 22:46 (women).
This year’s event tied a 2014 record for revenue from corporate sponsorship, including funds from Presenting Sponsor MillerCoors, Premier Sponsor the Brewers Community Foundation; Major Sponsors Gilead Sciences, the ARCW Pharmacy, and SC Johnson Family Company; Champion Sponsors Direct Supply, LabCorp, Associated Bank, Abbott, and the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Click here to see event photos, race times and more!
This year the Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Health Care Act has been cut in half, running from November 1, to December 15, 2017. Advertising and marketing for the open enrollment period has also been reduced significantly, making it harder for ARCW and RMC patients to know when they should be enrolling in health insurance for 2018.
On October 6, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Association honored 27 individuals and organizations at their annual awards event. The 25 alumni award recipients and two corporate partners were chosen for awards based on their outstanding professional achievements, civic involvement and partnerships with the university.
Mike Gifford, ARCW & RMC President and Chief Executive Officer was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni. Mike graduated from the UWM Lubar School of Business with an Executive MBA. He was selected for his award for his service to the HIV community and being a strong proponent for UWM.
Click here to watch the video that featured Mike at the award’s ceremony.
Rocky Mountain CARES Expands Facilities to Meet Patient and Client Needs
The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW), Rocky Mountain CARES (RMC) and Denver Infectious Disease Consultants (DIDC) merged on February 1, 2017.
Staff have also worked diligently since the merger to move from paper health records to Epic electronic health records.
Beginning the first week of October the ARCW Prevention Department began offering semi-weekly testing at the LGBT Center of Southeast Wisconsin in Racine.
ARCW is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the celebrated new film, BPM (Beats Per Minute), at the 32nd Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival.
The film is an “acclaimed French drama about the activities of ACT-UP in Paris in the 1990s, a film that chronicles with an immersive attention, the group’s actions, their fierce internal debates, and the relationships, passionate and otherwise that bloom within.
“Director Robin Campillo, himself a member of ACT-UP starting in April 1992, has made a daring narrative film that starts in media res, dispassionately depicting the passions that drive this group of mostly young men and women. The film leads with actions but also with all of the protocol and debates. The weekly meeting -- ACT UP's unit of deliberation -- is the compelling center of this film, a moving work of mourning, anger and tribute,” according to the festival.
BPM won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and is France’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
Presented by the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres, the 32nd Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival runs November 2-12. More info on the full Festival schedule click here.
Following a successful AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run in October, ARCW and RMC invite you to keep the following dates in mind.Join ARCW and the 32nd Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival on November 8, 2017 for a screening of BMP.
SAVE THE DATE! Jolly Holly Folly will return on Sunday, January 7. More details will be arriving in your inbox soon.
Summer may be over, but there’s no reason not to look forward to spring – and a new season of Camp Bingo! All three dates will be at the Madison Concourse Hotel.
More details and ticket information will be coming soon.
Michael Gifford - Washington D.C. Testimony - 10.11.2017