March 2017


ARCW Announces 2017 Make A Promise Award Recipients

Each year at the Make A Promise gala, ARCW honors individuals, organizations or companies who have made a significant contribution to the fight against AIDS. We are pleased to announce our 2017 award recipients.

Courage Award – Carlton Wilborn and Salim Gauwloos

We honor two of the dancers made famous by Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour in 1990, both of whom are long-term survivors with HIV. Subjects of the award winning documentary Strike A Pose, Carlton and Salim now shine a spotlight on HIV.

As national advocates and sources of inspiration, they encourage others confronting this disease to pursue their health and live full lives while bringing HIV to the forefront of public conversation.

Philanthropist of the Year - Michael Bersch

More than 126,000 people have registered over the years for AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run, however, Michael Bersch is only the second participant to reach the milestone of raising more than $100,000 in pledges.

We honor Michael as a tireless champion of the fight against AIDS in Wisconsin.



Leadership Award – Gilead Sciences

This year’s Leadership Award Winner is Gilead Sciences. Gilead is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced medicines used to help HIV patients live long, healthy lives and is the first company to offer the medication used in pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – one of the most significant innovations in HIV prevention. Gilead also plays a leading role in supporting HIV patients, health care providers and clinics through their robust philanthropy, technical assistance and patient assistance programs.

More than 600 people already have pre-reserved their places at this event. Have you? Watch for invitations arriving soon or call Melanie Stagg at 414-225-1570.

ARCW Leadership Extends to Outside Groups to Greater Serve Wisconsin

Two ARCW staff in leadership roles are extending their expertise to better serve Wisconsin.

Bill Keeton, ARCW Vice President of Government and Public Relations, continues to serve as Chair of the Wisconsin Public Health Council. The council recently helped to lead the state’s Wisconsin Health Improvement Planning Process and his been intimately involved in the development of the state’s response to public health threats.

The Public Health Council was created in 2003, and by statutory authority the Council’s purpose is to advise the Department of Health Services, the Governor, the Legislature and the public on progress in implementing the state’s 10-year public health plan and coordination of responses to public health emergencies.

Brett Blomme, Director of Major Gifts was recently elected to serve on the Finance and Strategic Planning committees of Fair Wisconsin.

Fair Wisconsin is a non-profit organization helping Wisconsin help create, “a fair, safe, and inclusive society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are treated with dignity and respect.”

We congratulate both Bill and Brett on their appointments, and thank them for their service.




Spring Kicks Off With A Budding Event Calendar

Winter is winding down (this week’s storm aside) and spring is (hopefully soon) in the air.

ARCW closed out the winter with Lucky Charms Bingo on February 26 at the Sheraton. A sold-out crowd of 434 people raised $40,600.

Don’t miss out on the final Camp Bingo of the season, Witches and Wizards Bingo, on March 26 at the Sheraton. Visit for more information.

On April 22 join ladies with attitude and fellas in the mood as they Strike A Promise at Make A Promise. Click here for tickets and information.

If you are looking to glam it up in Madison, consider attending the 25th Annual Red Ribbon Affair at the Madison Concourse Hotel. Enjoy sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and generous silent auction bidding, followed by a delicious three course sit down dinner. To purchase tickets or more information please contact Dan Curd at 608.316.8601.

Now is the time to kick-up your kick-stands and get in gear for AIDS Ride Wisconsin – ACT 15. Visit our website to register or learn more.

Things heat up in August at the Second Annual Red Hot and Leather event, on August 20. The event is organized by a local volunteer with help from the Brew City sisters, and features food, drinks, raffle items, 50/50 raffle and entertainment. Save the date! More information will be coming soon.

AIDS Walk Wisconsin celebrates its 28th year on October 7 at the Milwaukee Lakefront. Registration is open, visit for more information.

Meet Karin Sabey, Rocky Mountain CARES Vice President of Operations

RMC and ARCW Merger: Client Impact Statement


For information on any of these activities, please call Nick Giebel in Milwaukee at 414-225-1615, or Dan Curd in Madison at 608-316-8601.