Sept/Oct 2016

AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run in Final Days of Campaign

New Route and Stages This Year

Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun, who served as Honorary Chair of AIDS Walk Wisconsin in 2012, is again issuing his AIDS Walk Challenge to registrants of this year’s Walk & 5K Run. In the final eight days before the event for anyone who is registered or registers and raises additional pledges, Ryan Braun will match those pledges up to $25,000 in a grant through the Brewers Community Foundation. Details will be shared soon through email and Facebook.

There will also be a few changes to this year’s event on Saturday, October 1.

Due to construction at the Summerfest Grounds, registration and the opening ceremonies will be moved from the Miller Lite stage to the Briggs & Stratton stage. Participants will enter Maier Festival Park through the south gate of the Summerfest Grounds, rather than mid-gate as in the past. Ample free parking is close to the south gate entrance. 

This year’s route will leave and return through the walkway on the lakefront side of the Summerfest Grounds. This is the walkway used in the past as walkers returned to the grounds. The route will continue to Veteran’s Park, passing near Discovery World. The Wauwatosa East Marching Band will help lead us past Discovery World Museum.

You don’t need to wait until October 1 to support AIDS Walk Wisconsin, visit our website to learn more about upcoming third party event fundraisers.

Finally, as in years past, you could have your photo taken with our Honorary Chair, Taye Diggs. Grand Walkers, individuals who raise $1,000 or more, will have their photo taken with him at the Walk.

Taye recently spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about his excitement being this year's Chair, read that story here.

Still need to register or have questions about fundraising? Contact our Events staff today at 800.348.WALK (9255).

Artists Create, You Buy, HIV Patients Benefit

ArtPOP! to Delight Milwaukee

On Sunday, September 25, at 2:30 PM The Strongest Link II team will host their annual art auction, ART POP! at Taylor’s Bar on Cathedral Square in downtown Milwaukee. The auction benefits AIDS Walk Wisconsin.

More than 140 local artists are given hand-cut blocks of wood that serve as their canvasses. Artists paint and carve masterpieces using these blocks which will be on display at the bar.

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.

ARCW Loves to Smile, Smiling's Our Favorite

2016 Jolly Holly Folly to Feature Opening Night Performance of Elf


Mark your calendars to celebrate the 21st annual Jolly Holly Folly fundraising event on Tuesday, November 22.
The evening will feature tastings form Milwaukee’s most-loved restaurants and the Opening Night performance by the Broadway touring company of ELF The Musical at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF, “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!”

“We are thrilled to be working again with the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts to present Jolly Holly Folly. This entertaining performance will cap off a fun-filled evening of raising critical funds for the fight against AIDS,” said Mary Hartwig, ARCW Director of Special Events.

ARCW Partners with Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School Launching Groundbreaking Campaign to Enforce Health Care Rights for People with HIV

ARCW and CHLPI File Landmark Complaint with the Federal Office of Civil Rights

In the face of highly restrictive and discriminatory health insurance plans within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces, ARCW and the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) are undertaking a new advocacy campaign to enforce the health care rights guaranteed by the ACA for people living with HIV and other chronic conditions. Drawing upon the advocacy reputation of ARCW, CHLPI’s extensive research, and new avenues for civil rights enforcement under the ACA, the campaign aims to strengthen protections in the health insurance Marketplaces and eliminate insurer practices that prevent vulnerable patients from receiving the care and treatment they need. These discriminatory practices include refusing to cover key medications and requiring high cost sharing for all medications used to address certain health conditions.

“Our partnership in this national campaign seeks to support the Office for Civil Rights and its charge to ensure equal access to health care without discrimination through Sections 1311 and 1557 of the Affordable Care Act,” said Bill Keeton, ARCW Vice President for Government and Public Relations. “This landmark effort will protect insurers who offer reasonable access to HIV medications, promote more consistent coverage patterns by insurers, and support efforts to address the care and treatment needs of people living with HIV and other chronic conditions.”

“Most importantly, it will help HIV patients keep or regain their health by making sure they have access to the medicine they need,” Keeton said.

ARCW and CHLPI filed a formal administrative Complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is charged with the enforcement of the ACA’s new anti-discrimination regulations in state ACA health insurance Marketplaces.

“HIV is a complex disease that presents and progresses differently in different patients,” Keeton said.  "In order to give doctors and patients the highest likelihood for treatment success, it is imperative that they have access to the one regimen of the six promulgated by the US Department of Health Services that will work best for their specific treatment plan. The Silver-level Marketplace plan offered by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Wisconsin does not cover three quarters of the sixteen drugs needed to complete these regimens. These regimens are effective at increasing treatment adherence, a critical factor leading to long-term disease management and something many patients struggle with,” Keeton said.

In the Complaint, ARCW and CHLPI have identified several additional ways that HIV patients would be negatively impacted by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s silver-level plan in the Marketplace. By not covering the vast majority of medications recommended for treatment, Anthem’s Marketplace plan effectively discourages people with HIV from enrolling in their plan, while simultaneously providing adequate coverage of other chronic illnesses. Such restriction of access to life-saving medications is in violation of Sections 1311 and 1557 of the ACA.

Read the full statement here.

ARCW Prepares Patients for Getting Back On Their Feet

Wisconsin House, a transitional housing location for people with HIV and operated by ARCW, is requesting donations to ensure residents have all of the items and supplies they need during their stay at the house and along their journeys.

Often items stay at the Wisconsin House for residents to use during their stay, but occasionally, based on need, residents can take items with them as they transition into their own homes. ARCW is currently seeking household goods (bedding, kitchen supplies, décor items, etc.), games, films, and books, art supplies, toiletries, and small furniture items (table lamps, fans, end tables, etc.).  The housing program is also welcoming items for children.

The following items are particularly needed:

  • Bath towels, hand towels, washcloths
  • Deodorant, toiletries, feminine hygiene products,
  • Men and women’s shoes, winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, socks
  • Silverware, cups

To make a donation please contact

ARCW and Northwestern Mutual Collect School Supplies for Children in Need

A fresh pack of colored pencils, notebooks ready to be filled with new ideas, glue sticks, pens, and pencils. For Mom and Dad who are HIV-positive, the expenses of their medications can get in the way of affording school supplies for their kids.

This year, thanks to a variety of allies, ARCW assembled and distributed 145 backpacks across the state, filled with school supplies. Inside the backpacks were a folder, notebook, pencil case or box pencils, pens, crayons, and even highlighters for the older students. Many backpacks also included rulers and whiteboard markers.

Some high school students were lucky enough to receive flash drives, earbuds, and calculators, as well as a few 3-ring binders with loose leaf paper and 3x5 notecards!

Of the 145 backpacks distributed, 90 of those were donated or collected by staff at Northwestern Mutual. The balance were donated by individuals.

Just because the school year has started does not mean you can’t contribute, collections for next year have already started. Contact if you would like to donate.

Abbey Sisters in Hot Water with Gratitude from ARCW

On Sunday, August 14 over 100 attendees came together at Milwaukee’s Hot Water Warehouse to raise money for the Abbey of Brew City Sisters and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW).

The event was organized by Novice Sister, Masquerade da Ballz.  A novice project is the final step before someone can petition to become a fully professed member of the Abbey. Events organized by novice sisters need to benefit the Abbey, the community or both. Sister Masquerade decided to benefit both ARCW and the Abbey of the Brew City Sisters.

The night was filled with fun and food including delicious hors d’oeuvres and decadent desserts. Guests won raffle prizes and bid in the silent auction. The toast of the evening was the drag show featuring Maple Veneer, Goldie Adams, Dita Von, Myami Richards, Dixie Kuppe, and Travis Hard.

“I have had many friends who have been affected by HIV,” said Sister Masquerade. “I want to give back where I could. The event was so much fun I can't wait to do it next year.”

The event raised $572.61 for ARCW.

ARCW Junior Board Raises Money from Young Professionals

Cocktails for a Cause, August 24, 2016

The ARCW Junior Board held its 5th annual Cocktails for a Cause fundraiser at Engine Company No. 3 located in Milwaukee’s historic Walkers Point neighborhood.

Featuring live music by artist Roxie Beane, guests enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and had the chance to bid on more than 40 silent auction items and packages. This year’s event, sponsored by The Singleton Law Firm, LLC, raised more than $3,000 for the Pathways to Wellness campaign that supports psychiatry services offered through the ARCW Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic.

Young professionals interested in doing more for the fight against AIDS are welcome to inquire about open positions on the Junior Board by calling Amber Wegener at 1-800-359-9272 or emailing Amber at

Taye Diggs AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run PSA

Morning Minute: Naloxone - How it Works and How to Administer

On August 11, 2016, Scott Stokes, Director of Prevention Services at ARCW gave a presentation on Narcan training and how to prevent fatal opioid overdoses. WisEye covered the training, see their full video.

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.

  • September 24 - Turnabout - Club Icon - 7:00 PM

  • September 25 - ArtPOP! - Taylor's Milwaukee - 2:30 PM

  • September 28 - Pink Hat Party - This Is It - 8:00 PM

  • October 1, 2016 AIDS Walk Wisconsin - Summerfest Grounds - 9:00 AM

  • November 22 - Jolly Holly Folly - Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

  • December 1 - World AIDS Day

  • April 22, 2017 - Make A Promise