September/October 2013


Excitement is Building for AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2013!

Milwaukee’s lakefront will come alive on Saturday, October 5, as AIDS Walk Wisconsin kicks off to provide another year of crucial funding for HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in our state. This year’s event will introduce some new and exciting ways for people to get involved in the fight against AIDS.

For the first time in its 23-year history, AIDS Walk Wisconsin will offer a 5K, timed run as part of the event. AIDS Walk Wisconsin created this fun, new way to increase participation in the event. The run route will be the same as the walk, with an official starting line inside the Summerfest grounds. The top three overall male and female finishers, along with top performers within respective age and gender categories will be recognized. To learn more about this new opportunity, visit our 5K Run page on the AIDS Walk Wisconsin website.

Walk participants will get to toast to their own hard work and to MillerCoors, which will be introducing a new opportunity at the Walk. Walkers with a valid ID will be able to quench their thirst by sampling MillerCoors beer products on the grounds. All participants who wish to sample products must show a valid ID and receive an official wristband. Miller Lite is the presenting sponsor of the Walk once again. The brewing company was the first fortune 500 company in Wisconsin to support the fight against AIDS and has remained involved for 22 years.

While AIDS Walk Wisconsin will be a festive and fun-filled event, the purpose of the event is to provide much needed funding to expand prevention as well as care and treatment programs for the growing number of people confronting HIV in our state. While the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is the producer of the event and its main beneficiary, the following organizations also will receive grants from this year’s Walk: AIDS Network, City of Milwaukee Health Department, Common Ground/Elena’s House, Fair Wisconsin, Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, One Heartland, Richard’s Place and the Sheboygan County AIDS Task Force.

AIDS Walk Wisconsin Honorary Chair Stephanie Klett, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, has been building awareness of the Walk throughout the state in media interviews and in public service announcements running on Fox6 and area radio stations.  “I consider this invitation to serve as Honorary Chair one of the great honors of my life,” said Secretary Klett. “I’m over the moon excited to serve in this role and I want everyone reading this to join me by registering, raising pledges and turning out for the Walk on October 5th. We have more work to do together. With thousands of people living with HIV in Wisconsin - including mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, co-workers, grandparents and friends - there is no better or more important time for everyone to be a part of AIDS Walk Wisconsin."

In 2012, 36% of new HIV cases reported in Wisconsin were among young people ages 15 – 29. Today, six out of 10 young people with HIV do not know they are infected. AIDS Walk Wisconsin needs your help in reversing these troubling trends. When you walk, run, or simply donate, you help fund effective HIV prevention programs and provide access to critical health care and services for people living with HIV in our state, helping them to live longer, healthier lives.

Last year, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin provided $1.8 million of uncompensated care for uninsured patients living with HIV. Pledges raised through AIDS Walk Wisconsin help close this funding gap.

Register today. Raise pledges. Join us at the Summerfest grounds on October 5 to fight AIDS.

For more information visit aidswalkwis.org or call 800.348. WALK.

Presenting sponsor for AIDS Walk Wisconsin is MillerLite. Grand sponsor is the Brewers Community Foundation. Additional sponsors include: SC Johnson, the ARCW Pharmacy, American Family Insurance, the Green Bay Packers, Dynacare Laboratories and Weyco Group. Visit our website for a complete list of all our generous sponsors.


Watch Fox6 For 2013 AIDS Walk Wisconsin Public Service Announcement

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin again has turned to the creative minds at Arketype, Inc. The Green Bay communication company has produced the public service announcements for AIDS Walk Wisconsin since 2009 and once again has donated a portion of the production as a gift to the Walk. This year’s PSA is airing now on Fox6 in MIlwaukee and features 2013 Honorary Chair, Stephanie Klett, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Following her taping in Green Bay, Secretary Klett stopped by the offices of ARCW in Green Bay to greet staff and thank them for their work.  She presented them with gifts of hand crafted chocolate and posed with staff for photographs. To see behind the scenes photos from the production event click here.


Northwestern Mutual Employees Make Sure ARCW Clients' Children are Ready for School

Caring for children is a challenging job – especially for ARCW patients who are juggling the demands of parenthood along with the demands of managing HIV disease.

With the help of Northwestern Mutual employees, this job got a bit easier for 139 ARCW patients and clients whose children now have the backpacks and supplies they need for the new school year.  Because of Northwestern Mutual employees, children of ARCW patients and clients were given new backpacks brimming with notebooks, pens, pencils and other essential school items. The children who received the backpacks have at least one parent or legal guardian with HIV and also live in poverty.

‘The financial stress put on families confronting HIV is only heightened at certain times of the year, like when the kids get ready to go back to school,” said ARCW Family Centered Program Assistant Amanda Balistreri. “This support is very meaningful and we are grateful to have it.”

Northwestern Mutual and its employees have consistently been strong allies of ARCW and supporters in the fight against AIDS, through generous foundation support and the hands-on involvement of its employees since 1991.


Mark Your Calendars for a Jolly Surprise!

This holiday season will bring exciting changes to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin’s Jolly Holly Folly fund raising event. ARCW is pleased to announce that the 18th annual event will move across Kilbourn Avenue this year and take place at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts on Opening Night of the Broadway production of Irving Berlin’s holiday classic, “White Christmas.” Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, “White Christmas” promises to be a festive and bright theatrical experience for the whole family, performed by a Broadway cast! As in years past guests will graze on the fine cuisine of Milwaukee’s best restaurants in the Marcus Center Bradley Pavilion and then will be ushered into their preferred seats for this lavish show.

“Just like years before, guests will only have to park once and then be wined, dined and entertained,” said Mary Hartwig, ARCW Director of Special Events. “We are excited to work with another longtime ally in the fight against HIV this year -  our friends at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.”

Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Jolly Holly Folly, Tuesday, November 26, and watch for details about this fantastic ARCW seasonal fundraiser coming soon.


Corporate and Foundation Giving Shows Diversity in Support for ARCW

Care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS is truly complex and multi-faceted. The broad range of ARCW programs supported by corporate and foundation philanthropic grants reflects this reality. 
The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin thanks the following Allies for their leading, generous support of ARCW:

  • Extendicare, $15,000 for neuropsychological testing of older HIV patients showing signs of dementia,

  • Hopeful Heart, Inc., $5,000 to provide patients who live in poverty with access to needed medications,

  • Delta Dental of Wisconsin, $50,000 pledge to ensure oral health care through the ARCW Dental Clinic

  • Cornerstone Foundation of Northeastern Wisconsin, Inc., $20,000 to ensure oral health care out of the ARCW Dental Clinic in Green Bay

  • Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation, $15,000 to provide access to medical care for HIV patients living in Milwaukee who are indigent and lack health insurance,

  • Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, $5,000 to ensure access to both medical and behavioral health care in Green Bay,

  • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, $5,000 to provide housing assistance to those facing impending homelessness and

  • K.C. Stock Foundation, $7,500 to reduce hunger and food insecurity among ARCW clients and their families in Green Bay.

“With this generous support, ARCW is able to meet the many needs of our patients and clients,” said Suzanne Wilson-Davis, ARCW Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. “We are grateful for this leading support.”


United Way Campaign: Philanthropy is a Family Affair

The United Way of Greater Milwaukee encourages you during this campaign season to make philanthropy matter to your young children, nieces, nephews or grandchildren. As a United Way benefitting agency, ARCW is sharing its 101 Ways Kids & Adults Can Show They Care brochure. To learn more about making a gift to the United Way of your choice, click here. ARCW thanks the United Way and its donors for the nearly $350,000 in United Way funding it will receive this year.


Make Miracles Happen!

Miracle on Canal Street is Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s signature community program that raises funds for children’s charities – and ARCW is in the running to be a beneficiary.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Miracle program that has raised more than $12.5 million for hundreds of area children’s charities. The program began as a way to carry on the Potawatomi tradition of nurturing younger generations so they grow to lead healthy, productive lives.

Half of each $3 Miracle Bingo game purchased goes to the Miracle fund, which totaled nearly $1 million last year! Give the gift of a promising future by playing the Miracle Bingo game now through December 12. Visit paysbig.com/miracle to learn more.

Annually more than 2,000 children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS receive the care and services they need through ARCW programming.


Mark Your Calendars

For information on any of these activities, please call 414-225-1517

Oct. 5 – AIDS Walk Wisconsin; Summerfest Grounds, Milwaukee

Nov. 26 – Jolly Holly Folly; Marcus Center, Milwaukee