January/February 2015

"Positioned Better To Serve" ARCW Begins New Era of Statewide Care

Mike Gifford announces merger via a video conference with ARCW staff statewide.

February 1 became an historic day in the fight Against AIDS in Wisconsin as the state’s two AIDS service organizations, AIDS Network and ARCW merged.

“Wisconsin is a national leader in the fight against AIDS and our merger will enhance this leadership position,” said ARCW President & Chief Executive Officer Michael Gifford. “By combining the best of our two organizations, we will enhance services, improve clinical outcomes, and generate new financial resources, all of which are critical as we continue on our quest for a world without AIDS.”

Gifford continues to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the merged organization.

“AIDS Network is proud of the leadership role we provided to combat AIDS in Wisconsin. Joining forces positions our new organization to better serve people at-risk for HIV, our patients and clients, and our communities throughout southern Wisconsin,” said former AIDS Network Executive Director Dan Guinn. “The merger assures the continuity of all the services we provided, the opportunity to enhance our programs and the continuation of our hallmark events.”

Guinn now serves as ARCW Vice President of Compliance & General Counsel.

Left: ARCW Pres. and CEO Mike Gifford and ARCW CFO Susan Hallberg sign merger documents. Top right: CEO signing merger documents. Bottom right: ARCW Board Chair Jennifer Walther adds her signature to the merger.

The work of AIDS Network and ARCW in evaluating merger, completing a due diligence report and developing a plan of merger was supported by a grant from the AIDS United Sector Transformation Initiative, made possible by generous cross-industry support from Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

ARCW will continue to build upon existing community partnerships in Madison and southern Wisconsin to provide access to HIV Medical Home care, including medical, mental health and pharmacy services. ARCW will also close its small Madison office and move into the current AIDS Network office in Madison and continue to provide services from the AIDS Network Beloit office. ARCW is now providing statewide services through its offices and clinics in Appleton, Beloit, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Superior and Wausau.

ARCW projects it will serve 4,000 people with HIV throughout the state annually. Given the anticipated increases in the need of people living with HIV for integrated and comprehensive health care and social services, and the ever-present need for aggressive HIV prevention programs, all current staff of both organizations will have the opportunity to continue employment with the merged organization. Gifford added that it is likely the number of employees will increase in the future.

Both the AIDS Network and the ARCW Boards of Directors voted unanimously in favor of merging. A newly expanded ARCW Board of Directors will continue to oversee all aspects of the merged organization.

“There have been tremendous advances made in the fight against AIDS that position us better than ever before to defeat the epidemic,” said Gifford. “Our merger along with stronger and closer relationships with key partners in southern Wisconsin will be critical to achieving that goal.”

For additional details on ARCW, visit arcw.org.

Merger Reflected in New ARCW Board of Directors

The newly merged AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin will be governed by a seventeen member Board with six members residing in Madison and southern Wisconsin, including four members of the AIDS Network Board of Directors who have joined the ARCW Board upon merger. Current AIDS Network Board members will assume Board officer and committee chairperson positions on the ARCW Board of Directors, which now includes the following members:

Mike Anderes
    Froedtert Health System
Lee Biblo, MD
    Medical College of Wisconsin
Tim Bowers
    Global Health Engines, Inc.
Brett Davis
    WPS Health Insurance
Pamela Dix
    Infinity Benefit Solutions, Inc.
Ronald Dunn
Raquel Filmanowicz
    BMO Harris Bank
Tami Garrison
Eldonna Hazen
    First Congregational United Church of Christ
Jerry Janis
    Aurora Health Care
Eric Jimieson
    Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation
Bradley Kalscheur
    Michael Best & Friedrich
Victor Miranda, MD
    GE Healthcare
Jennifer Walther, Board Chair
    Mawicke & Goisman, S.C.
Mary Vasquez
    University of Wisconsin - School of Medicine & Public Health
Portia Young
    Sargento Foods, Inc.
    Southern Wisconsin Region

AIDS Network Makes $500K Gift to ARCW Endowment Fund

During its last meeting in January, the Board of Directors of AIDS Network passed a resolution to make a $500,000 gift to the ARCW Endowment Fund.  The  gift to ARCW creates a permanent fund to support the new, merged organization.

“This gesture will create a lasting gift to the ongoing fight against AIDS in our state,” said Mike Gifford, ARCW President and Chief Executive Officer. “This is truly extraordinary.”

An endowment is a permanently restricted fund made up of gifts, such as bequests, trusts or annuities that are made by donors to an institution. An endowment is subject to the requirement that the principle of the fund remains intact. The fund is invested and the interest earned off of the fund is is used by the institution as a source of income.

“Our endowment demonstrates that we at ARCW are committed to our future and we are working smartly on fiscal sustainability,” said ARCW Chief Development Officer Dan Mueller. “An organization the size of ARCW requires an endowment and this was a one-time opportunity that gives us a leg up on building the future of ARCW.” 

Donors interested in planning a gift either to ARCW or to the ARCW Endowment Fund can call Mueller at 414-225-1543.

ARCW Donors move HIV patients from homeless to hopeful

In these winter months, it is comforting for people living with HIV to know ARCW considers housing as health care. Such is the theme for this winter’s direct mail fund raising appeal to donors around the state.

7,000 ARCW donors will be receiving a request to help move ARCW patients like Miranda, from homeless to hopeful this winter. In the letter, Miranda offers her thoughts on the impact of ARCW and its housing program, “Together these programs have made a difference. When you don’t know where you and your daughter will sleep, managing your HIV is no longer your priority.”

No one with HIV disease in Wisconsin should be homeless, especially notthis winter. To help patients like Miranda move from being homeless to hopeful, click here.

Tim Dyer Named ARCW Vice President and CFO

Tim Dyer has been named the next ARCW Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Dyer joined ARCW on February 2, 2015 succeeding Susan Hallberg, who retired at the end of January.

“We are excited to welcome Tim to ARCW,” said ARCW President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Gifford. “Given the rapidly changing health care financing landscape, and our role as a national leader and innovator in HIV care and treatment delivery, Tim’s experience and knowledge will help shape the future of our organization.”

Dyer was the Chief Financial Officer and a shareholder with Milwaukee-based Integrated Medical Partners, LLC for the past 14 years. During his tenure with Integrated Medical Partners, he helped lead organizational and operational restructuring, built the accounting and reporting systems, and secured and managed medical claims and payments for clients throughout the United States. Prior to joining Integrated Medical Providers, Dyer was the Chief Financial Officer for the Barrington Group, LTD.

“Tim’s solid health care background, strong communication skills and ability to build and grow relationships with internal and external stakeholders will make him an outstanding addition to the leadership team we have in place at ARCW,” Gifford added.

Dyer earned his BS in Finance from Marquette University, an MBA from the University of Chicago and has earned both CPA and CFA certifications.

ARCW to Receive 2014 Community Partner Award

Diverse & Resilient, a Milwaukee  organization dedicated to the healthy development of LGBT people in Wisconsin, named ARCW the recipient of its 2014 Community Partner Award. The award will be presented on March 19th at the Discovery World Museum at Pier Wisconsin. ARCW donor Leonard Sobczak has been named the recipient of the Bayard Rustin Leadership Award. For a complete listing of the award recipients, click here.

Milwaukee Magazine Reports on Leading Edge of ARCW

The January issue of Milwaukee Magazine included a story on ARCW and its national leadership in the fight against AIDS. Click here to read the story.

Two ARCW Staff Named to the POZ 100

For more than three decades, HIV/AIDS has been fought mostly by folks who were already adults when the epidemic began. Young leaders in the fight against AIDS only heard stories of the early days and have never knowing a world without HIV. This new generation of advocates is an object of fascination to POZ Magazine, a national publication for HIV-positive people. The magazine celebrated youth power with the release of its annual list of activists in the fight against AIDS. The release of the list coincided with World AIDS Day, December 1. Two young professionals from ARCW were named to the list.

Charles Smart, 26, facilitate the HIV and STI prevention program Many Men, Many Voices, also known as 3MV. As MSM (men who have sex with other men) prevention supervisor, Charles has led the 3MV program for the past four years, and the initiative has already achieved some of its five-year goals. Charles is also a 2014 ambassador for Wisconsin’s Statewide Action Planning Group, and he is the founder and executive director of Monroe Inc., an LGBT youth-focused agency. By engaging and equipping young MSM with information about HIV, Charles is helping to reach a large number of people at the highest risk of contracting HIV.

About four years ago, Jason Jenders, 29, became the third employee at the ARCW Pharmacy. Today, he supervises five employees and helps to administer the pharmacy’s 340B Drug Pricing Program, . He facilitates collaboration between ARCW case managers and the pharmacy staff to provide coordinated care for clients. Jason also supports the work of ARCW as a pledge-getter for the annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin and 5K Run.

ARCW congratulates Charles and Jason on this recognition. To listen to their interview on Wisconsin Public Radio, click here. To view the full listing of the POZ 100, click here.

LGBTA Professionals at Northwestern Mutual Land $20,000 Grant for ARCW

ARCW being presented a check from the Northwestern Mutual Days of Sharing program

Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, recently recognized local area organizations with grants totaling $225,000 through its Days of Sharing program. Now in its seventh year, the Days of Sharing program provides Northwestern Mutual employees with the opportunity to nominate a deserving organization in the Milwaukee area to receive funding from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation.

"Our Days of Sharing program allows our employees to recognize local nonprofits that enrich and improve our communities," said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. "Employees at Northwestern Mutual have a shared passion of giving back, this program is a way for us to spotlight their dedication and volunteer service."

More than 700 employees nominated their preferred local charity or agency. The 25 winning grants were chosen at random each day for a week in November and range in size from $1,000 to $10,000. In addition, Northwestern Mutual provided employees the chance to vote for pre-selected nonprofits to receive grants totaling $125,000. This year,  ARCW was among the top five awarded these larger grants. Since 2007, the company has awarded more than $1.1 million in grants on behalf of its employees through Days of Sharing.

Members of Northwestern Mutual’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies employee affinity group nominated ARCW for this grant. This is the same group of leaders that won AIDS Walk Wisconsin’s inaugural LGBTA professional affinity group fund raising challenge presented by the Cream City Foundation in October.

Project Runway Host is the Toast of Milwaukee

Left and top right: Tim Gunn visits with Diverse & Resilient LGBT youth. Bottom right: Tim tours ARCW with President and CEO Mike Gifford.

As a gift from ARCW to the community for the 25th anniversary of AIDS Walk Wisconsin, Honorary Chair Tim Gunn, host of Lifetime Network’s Project Runway, slipped into Milwaukee early and spent time visiting LGBT youth, promising local fashion design students, and ARCW staff before participating in the Walk.

Friday, October 10, he surprised ARCW employees by showing up at a get-together to celebrate the ARCW AIDS Walk team surpassing its fund raising goal. Gunn posed for pictures, enjoyed Classy Girl cupcakes and then toured the agency with President and Chief Executive Officer, Mike Gifford.

The next morning Gunn met with LGBT youth from Milwaukee’s Diverse & Resilient organization offering encouragement and advice.

Left: Participants meet and greet Tim Gunn along the route at AIDS Walk Wisconsin. Top right: Tim signing autographs at ARCW. Bottom right: Tim in conversation with Dine With Tim auction winner and new ARCW donor Sarabeth McAuliffe.

Saturday afternoon, October 11, Gunn met with students faculty and staff of Mount Mary University’s Fashion Design program. Mount Mary’s AIDS Walk Wisconsin team presented Gunn with a team T-shirt and raised $3,468 for the Walk. Click here to read about it in Milwaukee’s Business Journal and see their photo album from the event.

That evening, Tim Gunn had a private dinner with Sarabeth McAuliffe and her husband, Michael at Bacchus. McAuliffe was the winner of the Dine With Tim auction, a final opportunity to raise additional money for AIDS Walk Wisconsin. The McAuliffe’s, from Algonquin, Illinois won the dinner with three seconds left in the auction. The Bartolotta Restaurant Group covered all costs of the dinner to support Gunn and AIDS Walk Wisconsin.

25th Anniversary AIDS Walk Wisconsin & Run Raises $462,425

Total raised represents 26% increase over 2013 Walk

Tim Gunn addresses the crowd at the 25th Anniversary AIDS Walk Wisconsin.

More than 2,676 walkers and 200 runners raised $462,425 to support HIV prevention, care and treatment programs throughout Wisconsin at the 25th Anniversary AIDS Walk Wisconsin and 5k Run presented by MillerLite on October 12.

“Twenty five years of AIDS Walk Wisconsin has produced some amazing results,” said AIDS Walk Wisconsin Honorary Chair Tim Gunn in his speech at the opening ceremonies. “People with HIV live longer, healthier lives here than in any other state in the country. AIDS Walk Wisconsin – you are making it work!”

“Today, the Summerfest Grounds are transformed into hallowed ground,” said ARCW President and Chief Executive Office Mike Gifford in his speech to Walkers. “Today, we transform this place with a renewed, solemn and determined unity to defeat the worst public health crisis of our time – the AIDS epidemic. From your efforts has grown America’s premier HIV health care system – the ARCW Medical Center.”

“Every step you take today transforms the fight against AIDS into a battle that together we can win,” Gifford said.

In addition to individual walkers and runners, AIDS Walk Wisconsin presented three unique team competitions that challenged groups to raise funds for HIV services.

The 2014  Raising the Bar Competition set a record this year with 26 bars and taverns from across the state. For the third year in a row, the team from DIX won the competition, raising more than $32,961. The Raising the Bar competition raised more than $56,209 this year, and has raised more than $360,000 for AIDS Walk Wisconsin since its inception.

AIDS Walk Wisconsin partnered with the Cream City Foundation to present the Cream City Corporate Challenge. This challenge is a friendly competition among teams from various LGBT resource groups of corporations to raise money for the fight against AIDS. The inaugural winner of the Cream City Corporate Challenge is Northwestern Mutual, having raised $5,400. The Cream City Corporate Challenge raised $11,090.

Also, this year’s Walk featured a challenge among seven Milwaukee area high school teams. This year’s winner is the team from West Bend East which raised more than $2,945. The high school challenge raised more than $3,745.

Past Honorary Chair Ryan Braun and the Brewers Community Foundation also issued a $25,000 challenge in the closing days of the lead-up to the Walk. Walkers were more than up to the challenge, raising a total of $74,380 over the past eight days, earning the additional donation from Braun and the Brewers Community Foundation.

The top fundraising team at AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2014 was the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Staff, Friends and Family team, which raised more than $39,150. The top fundraising individual this year is Eric Hamilton who raised $15,616. Winners of the second annual 5k run are Laura Selig (22:35) and Cody Powers (18:22). Both runners are from Milwaukee.

Over the past 25 years, more than 123,000 registrants have participated in AIDS Walk Wisconsin and raised more than $11.7 million. One hundred percent of the pledges raised from AIDS Walk Wisconsin have stayed in Wisconsin to benefit people living with HIV in the state.

AIDS Walk Wisconsin is produced by ARCW.

Lavish Nutcracker Graces 2014 Jolly Holly Folly

Guests enjoying Jolly Holly Folly at the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

More than 300 ARCW donors turned out December 18 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts to sample the sumptuous cuisine of 20 of Milwaukee’s finest restaurants. It was all for the 19th installment of the ARCW fund raiser Jolly Holly Folly presented by MillerCoors. Jolly Holly Folly guests sampled everything from apple parsnip soup by Café Calatrava to whiskey ice cream from craft ice cream maker Purple Door. Following the restaurant tasting, guests were ushered into their reserved velvet seats in Uihlein Hall to see the Milwaukee Ballet’s lavish performance of artistic director Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker.  Pink welcomed ARCW from the stage at the start of the show. The event raised $44,000.

ARCW CFO Retires “A Great American Success Story”

Left: Retiring ARCW CFO Susan Hallberg poses with her staff at an ARCW reception held in her honor. Right: Hallberg poses with the three bosses she had over her seventeen years, including ARCW President and CEO Mike Gifford, former ARCW President and CEO Doug Nelson and former ARCW CFO Paul Milakovich.

Susan Hallberg, ARCW Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, retired after 17 years of service to the organization. Her last day as CFO was January 30. On January 22, ARCW honored Hallberg with a reception at ARCW for staff.

Mike Gifford, ARCW President and Chief Executive Officer hailed Hallberg as “a great American success story,” noting her rise from the Information Technology department in the basement of the former Marine Bank, a job she worked while putting herself through school, to becoming the CFO of the nation’s largest AIDS service organization. Hallberg was presented a bouquet of roses – one for every year worked at ARCW, a crystal vase and was invited to give The Final Word at the most recent ARCW all staff meeting.

For information on any of these activities, please call 414-225-1570.

  • February 22Camp Bingo – “Blingo,” 1:00 p.m. doors open, Sheraton Madison

  • February 25The Remedy Event, 5:00 p.m. Boot Hill Pub, La Crosse