World Aids Day at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Tucson
3 to 9 p.m.
World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for those living with HIV, and to honor those who have passed away. This is both a celebration and in memory of those we have lost.
3pm-6pm will host an all-ages Family Fun portion with Facepainting, Arts and Crafts, Movement, and Free give-aways!!
6pm-9pm will host a 21+ Night Life portion with a performance by The Shameless Flirts and an HIV Trivia Game with great prizes!
HIV and Hepatitis C Testing will be available throughout the event!!
Thank you to the groups who have helped to make World AIDS Day Tucson 2013 a success: PowerSource Tucson, Aids Ribbon Tucson, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), Tucson Interfaith HIV/ AIDS Network (TIHAN), COPE Community Services, Inc., National Community Health Partners, BePositive Tucson, Positively Beautiful, Walgreens and Hotel Congress.
I miss my friend F. Leo Brown of New York City (originally from Connecticut) who died from Aids at the young age of 49. He was so full of life and had such a great sense of humor and indomitable spirit.
On Monday I watched as the City of Tucson Mayor’s office unfurled a large 8 foot x 16 foot banner (see photos below) on the NE corner of City Hall off of the 10th floor. Later at a press conference Mayor Jonathan Rothschild spoke about “raising awareness of World Aids Day” and that there should be “zero new infections, deaths, discrimination” regarding HIV/AIDS. Ethan Cox, Director of Development at SAAF also spoke of their “No New Infections” campaign, and that the banner would be up at City Hall for a couple of weeks. Then Patrick Jerome, District Pharmacy Supervisor of Walgreen’s in Tucson said that they were “excited to be part of the cause” to fight HIV/AIDS. All Arizona Walgreen’s will be displaying World Aids Days banners in their 250 stores.
Proclamation from the Pima County Board of Supervisors:
WHEREAS, created by the World Health Organization in 1988, World AIDS Day is observed annually on the first day of December; and
WHEREAS, twenty-four years ago, on December 1st, 1988, Tucson joined in this global observance of the dedication in the fight against HIV/AIDS and celebrating the lives of those we have lost in the struggle; and
WHEREAS, World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to show their support for those living with HIV, and to honor those who have died; and
WHEREAS, since 1981, AIDS has killed more than 25 million people worldwide, with an estimated 35 million men, women and children currently living with HIV, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history; and
WHEREAS, our event in Tucson is sponsored by a coalition of local agencies and businesses including Walgreens, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, COPE Community Services, Positively Beautiful, El Rio Community Health Center, PowerSource Tucson, the National Community Health Partners, Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, and AIDS Ribbon Tucson,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Pima County Board of Supervisors hereby declares Sunday, December 1, 2013, to be:
“WORLD AIDS DAY”
and encourages all Pima County residents to participate with their friends and families in a community event on Sunday, December 1, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tucson’s historic Hotel Congress located at 311 E. Congress, and to get involved in the fight to end the spread of HIV/AIDS and to help improve the lives of those living with it. Signed by Ramon Valadez, Chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors on November 19, 2013.
Let us unite in the fight against AIDS.