The Two Gay Geeks have received information form the Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence concerning their annual Red Dress Ball. In the spirit of transparency, we are among the sponsors of the event
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The Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
November 16th for
Red Dress Ball
The Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be hosting our second annual Red Dress Ball—an evening of dancing, drinks, and local entertainment. The Ball will be held on 16 November 2019 at the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness (1101 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004). Last year’s event was a huge success (the Sisters organized over 20 volunteers from across the community who donated over 300 hours to build a truly grand evening). Nearly 150 people attended last year’s Red Dress Ball, allowing us to raise over $4,000 on a budget of just $650. This money was used to support the Joshua Tree Feeding Program, which provides an empowering food-distribution service to HIV-positive individuals dealing with food insecurity.
This year our goal is to raise at least $10,000; we intend to use this money to support Joshua Tree and the 2020 AIDS Walk of Arizona hosted by Aunt Rita’s Foundation. We are so excited to help to support these local organizations, and given the prominence of Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS in the community, we could use your help in elevating the success of our event!
About Joshua Tree Feeding Program
With arms outstretched, the goal of Joshua Tree Feeding Program is to provide nourishment to low-income HIV+ residents of Maricopa County. We provide balanced meals from our pantry as well as medical and community resources to encourage self-sustainability of our clients in a social, supportive and welcoming environment where privacy, cultural, spiritual and religious values are respected.
Our expanded services give assistance to our client’s pets, and provide food and supplies to keep the pets in low income homes to maintain the comfort and support they provide to those with HIV/AIDS.
About Aunt Rita’s Foundation
Since 2005 Aunt Rita’s Foundation has operated in Phoenix, Arizona as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, but has a rich history dating back to the 1980’s. In 1986 three individuals founded Aunt Rita’s Foundation in the beginning years of the epidemic. They saw in the mid 80’s a lack of resources and recognized something needed to be done, as they watched close friends die from the disease with nowhere to turn.
Randy Schrock, Gary Mangum and Skip O’Neill set on a humble quest to raise money in annual bake sales to provide relief for those living with, and dying from, AIDS. When federal government assistance through the Ryan White Care Act began in the early 1990’s, funding became more plentiful and the need for Aunt Rita’s Foundation waned, and the final bake sale was held in 1996. In 2005, HIV/AIDS agencies came together and supported the return of Aunt Rita’s to help offset declining federal support.
Aunt Rita’s has come a long way since their bake sale days and has introduced fundraising events that have helped provide more than $2.7 million to local HIV/AIDS Service Agencies since 2005.
About AIDS Walk AZ
AIDS Walk Arizona is the largest gathering in Arizona to advance the cause of HIV & AIDS funding and awareness. Occurring on the 4th Saturday in February at Tempe Beach Park, the event elevates awareness and raises funds through an educational and fun community-wide event. It is the flagship event of the central Arizona HIV/AIDS community, catalyzing awareness, education, and support. All proceeds are returned to Aunt Rita’s member agencies to support the vital services they provide.
Walkers in this event can register as an individual, form a team, or donate to walkers to help them reach their fundraising goal. All participants will enjoy the entertainment featured at the event and the AIDS Walk Health and Wellness Festival.
About Parsons Center for Health and Wellness
Founded by Kirk Baxter in 1990 as The Phoenix Body Positive, the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS was created by and for people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, including families and partners.
The Mission is to serve individuals touched by HIV/AIDS through prevention, education, client-centered services, and coordinated care in collaboration with community partners.
About The Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
The Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a 501(c)(3) organization that has been serving the Arizona community since 2008. As an organization we aim to spread joy and eradicate stigmatic guilt in Arizona’s LGBT communities and beyond through fundraising for local charities, educating the community, and by standing as a visible protector of the community. Each year the Sisters raise and donate thousands of dollars to local charities and organizations that support our communities of Arizona.