September/October 2014

Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy to Deliver Keynote at ARCW Event

Red Ribbon Patron Donor Luncheon set for October 28

Douglas Brooks, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Red Ribbon Patron Luncheon on October 28 at the InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel. This luncheon honors ARCW donors who have met or surpassed a cumulative giving history of $10,000.

Brooks has been serving as our country’s leading voice on HIV policy since his appointment by President Obama March 14. A leading HIV/AIDS policy expert, Douglas most recently served as Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at the Justice Resource Institute (JRI). As the Director of Office of National AIDS Policy, he is the President’s lead advisor on domestic HIV/AIDS policy and is responsible for overseeing implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. He also guides the Administration’s HIV/AIDS policies across Federal agencies.

“ARCW is pleased to give our donors this exciting opportunity to hear directly about our country’s national strategy for the fight against AIDS,” said ARCW President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Gifford. “We look forward to his unique perspective on the AIDS epidemic in our country.”

Brooks was a Visiting Fellow at the McCormack School Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of AIDS United in Washington, DC. In 2010, Douglas was appointed to The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and subsequently named that body’s liaison to the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee. Brooks, a person living with HIV, earned a Bachelor of Science from Lesley University, a Master of Social Work from Boston University, and is a licensed clinical social worker in Massachusetts.

The event will take place in the Grand Salon of the InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel at 11:30 am. All ARCW donors are invited to this event. Donors at the Red Ribbon Patron level will be treated to the event free of charge. Watch your mail for invitations coming soon.

AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2014 News

Join Tim Gunn October 12 at 25th Annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin

Registrants, Sponsors, Community Partners All Head into "Make It Work Mode"

Allies are down to the final weeks to register and raise pledges to provide crucial funding for Wisconsin’s fight against AIDS. AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2014 Honorary Chair Tim Gunn is on Milwaukee’s Fox6 to promote registrations and is also raising money himself by auctioning off a dinner for the winner with him the night before the Walk.

AIDS Walk Wisconsin will once again hold a 5K run on the day of the walk, following a successful run last year. After reviewing the day’s timing and participant feedback, registration for the 5K run will open at 9:30 AM, and the run will begin at 10:15 AM. These changes will allow runners to enjoy the morning’s festivities and opening ceremonies. If runners are part of a fundraising team they will be able to walk the route at 12:30 with their teams as well.

AIDS Walk Wisconsin organizers are also excited to have MillerCoors return to the grounds this year. MillerCoors will be handing out samplings of beer and products for participants who are 21 years of age or over, with a limit of two samples per person.

“We join Tim Gunn in urging all our allies in the fight against AIDS to register for the Walk today and begin raising pledges now,” said Dan Mueller, ARCW Chief Development Officer. “We are into the final weeks before the Walk. As Tim Gunn is fond of saying ‘Make it work!’ AIDS Walk Wisconsin is a terrific celebration and we urge everyone to register, pledge and walk or run with us October 12.”

When You Ride, AIDS Walk Gets a Lyft!

The 25th annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin is partnering with the ridesharing app Lyft! Lyft is offering a free ride valued up to $25 to all new lift members. Lyft also will make a donation to AIDS Walk Wisconsin for each Lyft member that registers for the Lyft AIDS Walk Wisconsin Team.

How you can give AIDS Walk WI a Lyft:

  1. Download Lyft at:       

  2. Go to the "Payments" section and enter the code: WALKWIS

  3. Available to New Users (those who've never taken a Lyft and never redeemed a code)

  4. Request a Lyft when you need a ride!

Already a Lyft user? No problem! Share a ride with someone who's new to Lyft!

AIDS Walk Wisconsin and Boswell Books Present Paige Rawl

September 25th event will appeal to young adult readers, Allies in the fight

On Thursday, September 25th, AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2014 is partnering with Boswell Books to welcome Paige Rawl. Paige’s memoir Positive details her personal journey in the fight against HIV/AIDS as a young adult. The story immerses the reader in the very real stigmas that all too often accompany HIV.

Meet Paige Rawl and visit the AIDS Walk registration table at Boswell Books on Thursday, September 25th at 7:00pm and sign up to be part of a team for AIDS Walk 2014! In addition, a portion of all proceeds from the sales of Paige’s book, as well as the book of our AIDS Walk Honorary Chair, Tim Gunn, will be donated to AIDS Walk Wisconsin.

BelAir Cantina Debuts the AIDS Walk “Wisco Taco”

On Monday September 22 BelAir Restaurant locations across Milwaukee will launch the “Wisco Taco” to benefit AIDS Walk Wisconsin.  The taco is comprised of Milwaukee based Klements and Usingers beer brats grilled with BelAir chorizo, topped with queso fresco, corn salsa, and spicy arbol.  A portion of the sale of each Wisco Taco will go toward BelAir Cantina’s AIDS Walk Wisconsin team!  The Wisco taco will be available from September 22 to September 27 at all BelAir Milwaukee locations.

ART Pop 2014

Bid On Original Art, Fight AIDS on September 28

The Strongest Link II and Dan Taylor of Taylor’s bar on Cathedral Square invite you to join them for the annual Art Pop! Auction and fundraiser. Over 150 local artists are given hand-sawed blocks that are their canvasses. Artists have created everything from impressionist works to steam-punk masterpieces.

Last year ART Pop raised $10,000 in memory of Sandy Kleba, one of the organizers of ART Pop and AIDS Walk fundraiser. Join us on Sunday, September 28 at Taylor’s. Admission is $20 includes one drink ticket and is counted towards the first purchase of your masterpiece. Bid high and bid often. We hope to see you at one of the season’s most creative fundraisers.

Dine With Tim on October 11

Tim Gunn puts dinner with himself up for auction to support HIV care in Wisconsin

You probably have heard him uttering the famous tagline “Make it Work” while elegantly critiquing the designs of the contestants on Lifetime Network's "Project Runway" or read about his passion for philanthropy.  As the 2014 AIDS Walk Wisconsin Honorary Chair, Tim Gunn now offers a rare opportunity for you to share an evening of conversation and cuisine on Saturday October 11, 2014. The highest bidder will join Tim in a small group setting at a Bartolotta Restaurant Group venue in Milwaukee. The auction will take place on eBay and bidding will begin on September 21 and end promptly on October 8. All proceeds will benefit AIDS Walk Wisconsin.

MKE Film Festival and AIDS Walk Wisconsin Present 25 To Life

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7 pm - Times Cinema
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:00 am – Landmark Oriental

William Brawner, infected with HIV as a child and sworn to secrecy by his mother, is finally coming clean. A bracingly fresh look at life with HIV/AIDS in the U.S, “25 to Life” chronicles Brawner’s attempts at redemption after a life spent hiding from himself. He reaches out to those with whom he had sexual contact in the past in search of redemption for his promiscuity and in the hopes of starting a new life (with his HIV-negative wife) predicated on openness and honesty. A powerful testament to the human spirit, this American Black Film Festival Best Documentary winner examines the lengths we will go to start anew.

AIDS Walk Wisconsin is proud to be a MKE Film Festival Community Partner for this award winning documentary that will have two showings just before the Walk. Join us for this provocative 25th anniversary AIDS Walk Wisconsin tribute event. Click tickets for more information about this event.

What Now? Remind Me

The Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival is bringing this award-winning documentary to UWM October, 18. Sponsored by ARCW, the film is a candid self-portrait of the film director himself. The Hollywood Reporter describes Joaquim Pinto’s video diary as “compelling intimate in scale.” Location and time to be announced.

19th Jolly Holly Folly Presents Milwaukee Ballet's “Beautifully Theatrical ‘Nutcracker

Mark Your Calendars for December 18, 2014

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is pleased to announce the 19th annual Jolly Holly Folly will feature Michael Pink’s Nutcracker by the Milwaukee Ballet. The annual fundraiser will take place on Thursday, December 18 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Milwaukee. Jolly Holly Folly will feature samplings of the menus from Milwaukee’s finest restaurants followed by priority seating for the Nutcracker. All proceeds raised from the event will ensure access to HIV prevention, care and treatment programs at ARCW. This will be the first time Jolly Holly Folly has featured the Nutcracker.

“We are pleased to partner with the Milwaukee Ballet to present our donors with a production that defines the Milwaukee Holiday Season,” said Mary Hartwig, Director of Special Events for ARCW.

In 2003, the New York Times described Milwaukee’s Nutcracker as “beautifully theatrical,” following the lavish redesign of the entire production - a $1 million gift to the ballet from Milwaukeeans Joan, Jack and Victor Stein in 1998. The costumes alone took more than a dozen seamstresses over over seven months to create. Milwaukee Ballet has continued to build on this gift ever since.

Attendees to Jolly Holly Folly will be immersed in the beautiful music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky performed live by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra.

“We are excited to welcome the guests of Jolly Holly Folly into the Nutcracker tradition,” said Michael Pink, Artistic Director for the Milwaukee Ballet. “It is going to be a spectacular night. The Milwaukee Ballet is proud to be your partner in fight against AIDS.”

Watch for invitations this fall.  Tickets may also be purchased online at (create your account and use the group code: jollyholly) or by calling Keri Ayn Hough at the Marcus Center at 414.273.7121, ext. 213.

Allies Come Out for ARCW: Event Re-caps

AIDS Walk Wisconsin Celebrates 2013 Sponsors

On Thursday, June 12, ARCW hosted a luncheon to recognize special event sponsors and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of AIDS Walk Wisconsin. Stephanie Klett, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, served as special guest at the luncheon held at Hotel Metro. Klett was AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2013 Honorary Chair. Sponsors were thanked for their generous support of ARCW events that plays a critical role in the fight against AIDS.

Life Performance: Acts Against AIDS

On Friday August 22, ARCW held a one-of-a-kind theatre gala event to kick-off its 30th anniversary year. The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts served as the perfect venue to host “Life Performance: Acts Against AIDS”.  This performance featured stirring performances by Valerie Harmon and Davit Hovhannisyan of the Milwaukee Ballet, First Stage Children’s Theater, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Norman Moses, a host of vocal entertainers, visual artist Ram Rojas, and a special community choral ensemble “One Voice Community Choir” led by Dr. Sharon A. Hansen and John Paradowski. This event also featured moving reflections on the fight against AIDS from Father Mike Hammer, coordinator of the AIDS ministry program of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, as well as Michael Kaplan, President and CEO of AIDS United in Washington, D.C.

All the performers donated their time and talent for this event – a tremendous statement of support by members of the Milwaukee arts community to celebrate the progress we have made in the fight against AIDS. The evening was both inspiring and enriching. The event, sponsored by Direct Supply, raised more than $10,000 for ARCW.

Fashion Forward presented by Team DIX

On Thursday, August 21, Team DIX hosted “Fashion Forward”, a fashion show event featuring up-and-coming local designers at Montage Lounge in Milwaukee. The event also included a silent auction and drag performances from Chicago and Milwaukee’s fiercest Queens to help to raise money for their Raising the Bar Team which supports AIDS Walk Wisconsin.

Guests sipped on signature SKYY cocktails while viewing cutting edge looks from NEWD, Nicholas Schmidt USA, Moda Muneca, Daisy Lopez, Twisted Planet by Sarah Ott, La Vie Luchian by Sophia Luchianni, and jewelry by Mark Urban. The event raised $6,400,  including a $2,443 matching gift from Eric Hamilton, Vice-President of QuinTron Instrument Company in Milwaukee.

Amanda Holloway, Marie Molter, Stefani Jaksic, Katrina King, Eric Hamilton, and Jonathan Hensly organized Fashion Forward.

ARCW Junior Board of Directors' annual Cocktails for a Cause fundraiser

The ARCW Junior Board hosted their annual “Cocktails for a Cause” fundraiser on Wednesday, August 27 at Zen on Seven at Hotel Metro in Downtown Milwaukee. The ARCW Junior Board is an energetic, fun group of young professionals who are passionate about the fight against AIDS. The evening included live entertainment from Roxy Beane, a silent auction, and wine pull.  This year Cocktails for a Cause raised more than $2,000 to help people with HIV in Wisconsin live longer, healthier lives.

Megan Simkus, President of the ARCW Junior Board, led the charge in planning and overseeing the event.

Mark Your Calendars

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

September, 2014

  • 21 – “Dine With Tim” Auction begins, benefiting AIDS Walk Wisconsin. Through Oct 8

  • 25 – Meet author Paige Rawl at Boswell Books, 7 pm

  • 28 – ArtPOP! Auction benefiting AIDS Walk Wisc. Taylor’s Bar Milwaukee, 2 pm

October, 2014

  • 4 – MKE Film and AIDS Walk Wisconsin Present 25 to Life, Times Cinema, 7pm

  • 7 – MKE Film and AIDS Walk Wisconsin Present 25 to Life, Landmark Oriental Theater 11 am

  • 8 – Final Day to bid on Dine With Tim Auction, benefiting AIDS Walk Wisconsin.

  • 12 – 25th Annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run with Honorary Chair Tim Gunn, Milwaukee Summerfest grounds.

  • 18 – Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival presents What Now? Remind Me, sponsored by ARCW

  • 28 – 2015 Red Ribbon Patron Luncheon, InterContinental Hotel Milwaukee, 11:30 am

December, 2014

  • 1 – World AIDS Day

  • 18 – 19th Annual Jolly Holly Folly featuring Michael Pink’s Nutcracker, 5:30 pm, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

May, 2015

  • 2 – 29th Annual Make A Promise Gala, Wisconsin Center, 5:30 pm