November-December 2017

If Only Life Were as Easy as Pie

Close out the Holiday Season with us on Sunday, January 7 as ARCW presents the 22nd Annual Jolly Holly Folly! Savor samples from some of Milwaukee’s best restaurants. Then join us for the closing night performance of the national Broadway tour production of WAITRESS. It all takes place at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker. Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But, Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

There are currently 15 restaurants slated to participate, and that list will only continue to grow! Click here for tickets and information. 

Proceeds benefit the prevention, care and treatment programs of ARCW.

RMC Provider Selected for Elite Coalition

In October, Rocky Mountain CARES DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Myra Young was chosen as one of only four national STD Allies by the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD).

Myra was nominated for this recognition by one of the leadership staff at the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment because of her role as an expert in STIs and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and as a dedicated public health partner.

Congratulations, Myra, on your recognition and for your tireless dedication and service to RMC patients!

Rocky Mountain CARES Expands PrEP Outreach

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW), Rocky Mountain CARES (RMC) and Denver Infectious Disease Consultants (DIDC) merged on February 1, 2017.

Following the merger, RMC hired 40% more staff and is actively planning for expansions in current and new services.

RMC previously offered Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a health care regimen for people at risk for HIV, but new funding has allowed RMC to expand its outreach efforts to keep even more people safe from HIV. This is due to a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. Additionally, Colorado also uses Master Tobacco Settlement funds to provide PrEP care and treatment for anyone un or underinsured patients and that funding has been extended to RMC as well.

Since its merger with ARCW Rocky Mountain CARES also has developed critical community partnerships with:

  • Denver Health
  • Community HIV/STI testing center (HeyDenver)
  • Homeless day centers
  • Behavioral Health Day Center

Staff have worked diligently to help raise awareness about PrEP at RMC, stay-tuned for more updates as efforts continue!

The Felicia Melton-Smyth Holiday Drive Provides Holiday Magic for Children in Need

Every Holiday Season we remember Felicia Melton-Smyth, a woman who noticed 15 years ago that in Madison the tags on a local giving tree that were not being “taken” for gift giving were those gift requests belonging to clients of the Madison AIDS Network. She took each one of the tags, and rallied the community to help secure Holiday gifts for people with HIV/AIDS. Melton-Smyth made sure everyone in need had a happy holiday.

Today, the program lives on across Wisconsin in her memory, with the assistance of churches, corporate partners and non-profit agencies alike that help ARCW provide gifts for every child in need. Corporate sponsors for 2017 include: Northwestern Mutual, FIS, KAPCO, Blessed Savior Parish in Milwaukee, St. Martin of Tours in Franklin, Department of Corrections, Little Rascals, and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

This year ARCW expects to provide gifts to more than 300 families across Wisconsin. The children served provide 2-3 “wishes” on their list. You can extend Holiday cheer to someone with HIV/AIDS by purchasing the gifts of a child, or a family affected by HIV. Contact for details.

Gifts are respectfully asked to be placed in gift bags with tissue, not wrapped.

World AIDS Day Commemorated

ARCW and Rocky Mountain CARES participated in ten World AIDS Day events in Wisconsin and Colorado this year.  December 1, World AIDS Day, remains an important day in the fight against AIDS – a day set aside to reflect on the lives forever changed and lost to HIV, as well as a day to rededicate ourselves to our common goals of ending the AIDS epidemic and ensuring people with HIV can enjoy long, healthy lives. 

In Denver, there were three World AIDS Day events in conjunction with the Metropolitan State University of Denver. On Thursday, November 30 MSU hosted a World AIDS Day Resource Fair, followed by a screening of, "Alternative Endings, Radical Beginnings." They also had free HIV testing in partnership with RMC and other community organizations. On December 1, Denver woke up to red ribbons on telephone poles throughout the city in commemoration of World AIDS Day.

In Wisconsin, the hosts of the annual Remedy Event in La Crosse raised funds at a Chili dinner, hosted at Chances R.

In Madison, the Sex Out Loud student group held events on the November 29 & 30, as well as December 1. UW Health hosted “World AIDS Day 2017 Young and Positive” on November 30, with spoken word performances, music as well as speakers about HIV and its impact in the community.

The Beloit Public Health Initiative hosted an event on December 8, connecting the community with local health organizations and resources for HIV and other STI’s at a health fair. The event also included speaker, and longtime ARCW volunteer, Cass Marie.

In Milwaukee, community organizations and people from across different faiths, denominations and cultures came together as one for the 2017 World AIDS Day Commemoration on the evening of November 30.

In Superior and Duluth, the mayors of both cities held a World AIDS Day Proclamation ceremony on Tuesday, November 28 in the Twin Ports area. Following this were two events on Friday, December 1 memorializing loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS.

Eau Claire also hosted a memorial and shared experience event, featuring an HIV positive speaker.

Special thanks to everyone who joined with ARCW and RMC to help commemorate World AIDS Day and support the fight against AIDS.

ARCW Donors Making the Holidays Bright

This season, donors of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) are joining in the tradition of helping to make the holidays brighter for patients and families confronting HIV/AIDS across the state of Wisconsin.

Last year, donations helped deliver over 19,400 holiday meals. This year, we need your help to make the holidays brighter for more patients and families.  Please consider making a special year-end gift to help make the holidays possible for more people living with HIV/AIDS in our community.

Your gift is much more than a holiday meal. You are giving hope and holiday cheer to thousands of people living with HIV.

Click here to learn more and donate.

Looking Ahead to 2018 Events

On Sunday, January 7 the Milwaukee-area’s best restaurants, allies in the fight against AIDS, will come together to offer tastings of featured dishes, before the closing performance of the hit Broadway musical Waitress at the Marcus Center of the Performing Arts. Click here for tickets and information.

Winter may just be getting started, but there’s no reason not to look forward to Sunday afternoons – and a new season of Camp Bingo! All three dates will be at the Madison Concourse Hotel.  You can purchase tickets online, more information will be emailed out soon.

  • Sunday, January 28
  • Sunday, February 25
  • Sunday, March 25

For the 6th year in a row, Gatherings Event will host the Remedy Event to benefit the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. On February, 28 the upscale event will feature a raffle, silent auction, samples from vendors, as well as a live auction with one of the area's best auctioneers. Enjoy music from up and coming local celebrities, a drag show from some of the area's most handsome and glamorous royalty. Click here for more information!

Save the date! The annual Make A Promise gala returns on Saturday, April 28 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Details will be coming soon.

Sign up for those winter spinning classes to get yourself ready – the dates for the 2018 AIDS Ride Wisconsin have been set. Save the dates – the ride will depart from Madison on Friday, July 27 and head toward camp at Carroll University in Waukesha, and then returning on Sunday, July 29, to Madison for our closing ceremonies. Make a New Year Resolution to do the AIDS Ride in 2018!

Visit to learn more about upcoming events.

Donors Exceed Challenge for Telehealth

Thanks to a challenge from two ARCW donors, HIV patients throughout Wisconsin now have access to psychiatric care through the ARCW Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic regardless of where they live.

Telehealth employs the use of telecommunication technology to support and promote long-distance mental health care through the use of video conferencing, the internet, streaming media and wireless communication. Implementing telehealth eliminates the need for a patient to travel long distances to access mental health care.

In 2017, ARCW embarked on a campaign to raise an additional $100,000 to complete this $1 million project. In August ARCW donors Susie and Cary Silverstein (pictured third and second from the right), longtime funders of innovative projects at ARCW, announced that they would personally commit $50,000, matching every donation up to that total. This challenge was met with an additional $56,000 for the Telehealth campaign, bringing the total to $106,000, including leading support from ARCW donor Will Radler.

World AIDS Day with Kevin Roeder, Senior Director of Behavioral Services

World AIDS Day with Crystal McLean, Psychotherapist


World AIDS Day with ARCW Medical Director Leslie Cockerham

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  • January 7 - Marcus Center for the Performing Arts - Milwaukee -  Jolly Holly Folly
  • January 28 - The Madison Concourse Hotel - Camp Bingo
  • February 25 - The Madison Concourse Hotel - Camp Bingo
  • February 28 - La Crosse - The Remedy Event
  • March 25 - The Madison Concourse Hotel - Camp Bingo
  • April 28 - Wisconsin Center - Milwaukee - Make A Promise
  • July 27, 28 & 29 - Madison, Milwaukee, Madison - AIDS Ride Wisconsin