March/April 2014

ARCW to Honor Extraordinary Women and Men

Award recipients will be recognized at the April 26 Make A Promise Gala

Philanthropists Will Radler and Susie and Cary Silverstein, along with dedicated Wisconsin HIV case managers, will be recognized by the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) for their outstanding contributions to the fight against AIDS. These remarkable individuals will receive their awards at the 2014 Make A Promise Gala on Saturday, April 26, at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee.

“Our award recipients for 2014 truly embody the Make A Promise tradition,” said Mike Gifford, ARCW President and Chief Executive Officer. “These individuals are all leaders who saw a better way to improve the lives of people with HIV and acted on it.”

Longtime ally in the fight against AIDS Will Radler will receive the inaugural 2014 Vision Award from ARCW.  Creator of the world’s most popular rose – the Knock Out Rose – Mr. Radler is being recognized for his remarkable leadership and generosity. Through his one million dollar personal gift to ARCW, the first-ever received in Wisconsin for HIV treatment, Mr. Radler is spearheading the expansion of crucial psychiatry services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

“There is no health without mental health,” said Mr. Radler at the November press conference announcing the gift. “I cannot imagine having HIV and mental health concerns and not having access to this sort of care.” Access to psychiatry care is one of the most pressing needs for HIV patients.

The Vision Award was created by ARCW to honor philanthropy that meets or exceeds $1 million.

Susie and Cary Silverstein, donors to ARCW for more than 20 years, will receive the 2014 Philanthropy Award for their outstanding commitment to the fight against AIDS. Through their generous and innovative gift of $50,000 to ARCW, the Silversteins have made it possible for ARCW to integrate dental and medical records, further enhancing the quality and coordination of its HIV health care. When completed the ARCW electronic medical record will be one of the most comprehensive for an HIV medical center in the country.

HIV Case Managers across Wisconsin have played a critical role in helping people with HIV/AIDS navigate through the ever-changing health care landscape . Having been on the frontline of the epidemic from its earliest days, these dedicated professionals ensure the health and well-being of more than 5,500 people with HIV throughout the state, assisting them overcome hunger, poverty, prejudice and illness. HIV social work case managers, linkage to care specialists and benefit counselors from across Wisconsin will be recognized with the 2014 Leadership Award.

Join us in honoring these extraordinary women and men. Purchase your tickets for Make A Promise by visiting or calling 414.225.1570 today.

Vive le Promise

Join us for Make A Promise 2014

Excitement is building for la soirée de la saison when AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin turns to French avante garde to stage its annual Make A Promise Gala for 2014. The April 26th event being held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee already has more than 800 people committed to attending, furthering its reputation as a not-to-miss event. With elegant dress and décor, delicious dining and engaging auction items, the gala, will raise critical funds for to support ARCW in the fight against AIDS.

Among the exclusive auction items offered at this year’s gala is the opportunity to see one of the greatest divas of all time, live – Cher. The highest bidder will win a suite for 12 at her concert on June 6. The suite, donated by our friends at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, is located with a perfect vantage point to the stage. The package includes five parking passes as well as food and beverage. Visit our website for more details and auction items. Unique vacation opportunities, like a one week stay in a Cancun condo, jewels and art all await the highest bidders at Milwaukee’s most colorful silent auction.

One of the most important activities during the evening will be the recognition of very special individuals in the fight against AIDS. This year, ARCW is pleased to honor Will Radler, Susie and Cary Silverstein, and Wisconsin HIV Social Work Case Managers for their remarkable contributions ensuring Wisconsin’s continued, AIDS epidemic (see related story).

Purchase your tickets to the Make A Promise Gala today. Visit or call 414.225.1570.

Use Your CapitalOne Points to Donate to ARCW

Did you know that the Capital One card allows members to redeem points for cash gifts to charity?

ARCW is listed among their list of available charities. So next time you go to redeem your points, make a gift that will help people with HIV live longer, healthier lives.

Use your CapitalOne points and give to ARCW. It’s easy. Network for Good disburses your donation and Capital One covers the transaction fee. Together they ensure 100% of your donation reaches the charity of your choice.

Laura's Story

Living with HIV and being the sole parent of three young children seems unimaginable.

Yet, Laura is living with HIV and is a single mother to three young children.  She learned of her HIV status before her children were born and worked closely with ARCW medical providers to keep herself healthy and make sure that the virus was not transmitted to her children during her pregnancies. In fact, all three children were born healthy and HIV negative.

Laura’s reliance on ARCW extends beyond her medical care. She has struggled for many years with drug addiction and homelessness. Fortunately, ARCW is there to ensure that she receives treatment for her drug addiction and the ARCW housing program offers her shelter.

The ARCW Food Pantry makes sure that Laura not only has the food she needs to manage her HIV disease but also enough food for her children as well.  Thanks to the ARCW Food Pantry, Laura is able to manage her HIV, alleviate hunger in her home, and stretch her limited income.

Laura is just one of the nearly 1,500 HIV clients who rely upon the ARCW Food Pantry Program.  This spring ARCW will open its newest food pantry serving Appleton, expanding the statewide reach of this tremendously important program. The food pantry will be featured program for donations during this year’s Make A Promise dinner. Please give generously to the ARCW Food Pantry program or click here to make a donation to the ARCW Food Pantry now.

To everyone who supports the ARCW Food Pantry Program with their donations, Laura says “Thank you!"

Mark Your Calendars

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

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Make A Promise (Milwaukee)

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 25th Anniversary AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run 25th, Milwaukee Summerfest Grounds