Honoring the activists on World AIDS Day

Honoring the activists on World AIDS Day
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From The Dallas Voice, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

As we mark World AIDS Day 2016, Dallas Voice takes a minute to recognize just a small handful of the people in North Texas that have dedicated themselves to the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. Listed below, in alphabetical order, are those DFW Metroplex activists in the LGBT community who have been included in POZ Magazine’s POZ 100 — Celebrating the South.

As you read through the list and honor these people, remember that even though the advent of new medications has turned HIV from a quick death sentence to a chronic but manageable disease for many people, the battle continues.

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David Hearn
“People don’t always realize what we do,” David Hearn said recently of the Greg Dolgener Memorial AIDS Fund, the organization he founded to help people with HIV/AIDS meet emergency needs.

The organization — which Hearn founded 20 years ago and named after his late partner, who was an AIDS activist and volunteer until his death in 1994 — donated $1,000 to Resource Center to use in filling empty shelves at the agency’s food pantry for people with HIV/AIDS. GDMAF also donated $1,000 to help repair damage from a fire at Legacy Founders Cottage. “We saw those things as emergency needs,” Hearn said.

But GDMAF’s primary function is to help individuals with HIV/AIDS who have an immediate financial need that other AIDS service organizations are not geared to fill — like money to make repairs to the car that gets that person to and from their job and their doctor appointments, or money to pay rent or utilities if a person comes up short one month.

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Shop smile.amazon.com and donate to GDMAF

Shop smile.amazon.com and donate to GDMAF
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AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

GDMAF, Inc. is one of the great organizations now benefiting from your shopping at Amazon. Just click the link below to start shopping and support the great efforts of GDMAF, Inc.

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/75-2643735

Team Friendly donates $1000 from Pool Party

Team Friendly donates $1000 from Pool Party
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GDMAF, Inc. gives a big ‘Thank You’ shout out to Team Friendly for their Donation of 1000.00 to GDMAF from the money they raised at their pool party. Thanks to all the Team Friendly board and members for hosting a great event. Special shout out to Gauge Xavier – President.

LifeWalk Team Metro reaches goal

LifeWalk Team Metro reaches goal
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A big ‘Thank You’ from Team Metro Lifewalk. You helped TEAM METRO reach our 2016 and helped us celebrate with Lifewalk’s annual fundraising event.  We could not have done it with out all the friends and family of GDMAF. Thanks again , you have made a difference in the lives of those with HIV and AIDS at AIDS ARMS and GDMAF.

Thank You Team Metro LifeWalkers

Christopher L. Reed – In Memory

Christopher L. Reed – In Memory
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GDMAF Celebrates the Life of our friend and supporter, gone too soon – Christopher L Reed 1976-2016.

GDMAF is honored to be selected by Christopher and Thom Dance as his charity of choice to remember our great supporter and friend, Christopher and his Life.  Will miss your smile and contagious laugh.

You can conveniently donate to GDMAF in honor of Christopher using this link.




 

Christopher L Reed

Thanks for your North Texas Giving Day donations

Thanks for your North Texas Giving Day donations
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Thank you to those who donated to GDMAF on North Texas Giving Day. Your contributions helps us help those in need.

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North Texas Giving Day is an online giving event for people across the nation (and the world!) to come together to raise as much money as possible for North Texas nonprofits on one day: September 22, 2016. In seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped $119 million into the North Texas community. In 2015, $33 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting 2,020 nonprofits.

The Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, Inc. has been selected to be a benefactor this year.

Giving Day 2016 is Thursday, September 22, from 6 AM Central – Midnight.

North Texas Giving Day is an online event. Most of the activity will take place via this NorthTexasGivingDay.org website.

Check out the GDMAF giving page:

https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/the-greg-dollgener-memorial-aids-fund

North Texas Giving Day

Vanity Storm wins Miss LifeWalk 2016

Vanity Storm wins Miss LifeWalk 2016
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Congratulations to TEAM METRO’s Miss Vanity Storm – the 2016 Miss Lifewalk winner.  Thanks to all 3 entertainers – Linze Serrell (over $23,000) Vanity $13,000 and Rita Fines ($7200) and the Guys and Dolls event which raised a total of $52,000 for AIDS ARMS Lifewalk.

Miss LifeWalk was held on Sunday, July 24, 2016 in the Rose Room at S4 Nightclub.

A personal note from Vanity Storm:

Hello everyone, I just want to say how very honored I am to have been selected to represent LifeWalk as Miss LifeWalk 2016. Volunteerism and giving back have long been passions of mine. Helping others has given me so much and many times has pulled me out of some dark times. If we don’t help our own, how can we in good conscious expect others to help. I have said it before and I will say it again, to be a proud outstanding member of the LGBTQ, I feel you must contribute and help your family in some way. Over the next year, I will do all that I can to promote this incredibly important event and organization and to promote volunteerism within our community.
This year’s walk is on Sunday, October 9th. If you have not registered to walk, by either joining a team or walking as an individual, do it today! It’s easy and your effort is so rewarding. Here is the link and includes everything you need to know about LifeWalk and AIDS Arms.http://www.lifewalk.org/site/TR?fr_id=1100&pg=entry
I would like to say thank you to a few individuals and groups. Firstly, to the co-chairs of the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund -Team Metro, David Hearn and Barry Robertson. I was so proud to be asked to represent the team. By asking me, they reignited a fire in me that had dimmed a bit. For that I am grateful. It reminded me again, how much I enjoy volunteering and raising money to help others. We were able to give back to the tune of over $12,000! David Hearn and his organization GDMAF are the epitome of what it means to help others. They step in help individual affected by HIV/AIDS when many other resources have been exhausted. Having friends who are affected by this horrible disease and with limited resources, I know first-hand how important their work is. If you would like more information about GDMAF here is a link. http://gdmaf.org/
I would also like the entire LifeWalk team and the AIDS Arms organization for creating this wonderful and unique event allowing entertainers to do what we do best, which is entertain and not just entertain, but entertain with a purpose. Thanks to all of you for the good work that you do!
I would also like say thank you to both Linze Serell and Rita Fine for contributing to all the work it took to raise over $52,000!! Yep that is what I said over $52,000!!! Linze and the Green Team alone raised a whapping $23,000, the largest amount to date from any competitor. We did not do it alone, so thank you to all the volunteers, patrons and friends for graciously donating money throughout the many fund raising events leading up to the Miss LifeWalk Pageant.
A package worthy of competition is not created solely by the competitor. Saying “it takes a village” could not be more true. I wanted to represent Team Metro with pride so I enlisted some of the best in the business to bring Vanity Storm and your new Miss LifeWalk 2016 to life. My Spirit of LifeWalk presentation costume was a collaboration between three very special talents, Onyx Anderson created the beautiful sequin gown andJohn Griffin Nova Starr and Braxton Davidson created the 3D LifeWalk logo, feather showgirl backpack and earrings. The big beautiful hair is byAshlei Iman. The evening gown was designed and crated by the masterful hands of Mr John David Martin. The complimenting jewelry is an original design by Dragon Lady Earring Company Bruce Ragsdale Horton and the hair that I got so many compliments on came to life through the skilled hands of Tena Marie. Finally, my talent costume inspired by Stevie Nicks was meticulously stoned by Samantha Steele. Samantha has also long created the face of Vanity, so if you think I am pretty or pretty ugly it’s her fault. Israel Luna put together the creative background video for my talent. I don’t know if the artisans that play such a pivotal role in any competitor’s success get the recognition they deserve. I want to make sure they do. Thank you all! I would personally recommend all of these individuals as professionals and creative geniuses’.
If I have forgotten anyone please know it was not intentional and I know I am now wearing this lovely crown because of all of you and your contribution. I don’t want to post all the same pictures you may have already seen but here are a couple. Forever thankful, Vanity

 

Vanity Storm - Miss LifeWalk 2016 

 
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Priscilla movie event raises $1258 for LifeWalk

Priscilla movie event raises $1258 for LifeWalk
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Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert – also Queen of the fundraisers. GDMAF, Inc. is thrilled to announce that our showing of Priscilla at Alamo Draft House in Dallas raised $1,258.00 for LifeWalk. A fun night was had by all.

Priscilla

Night of Stars 2016 raises $4,858.00

Night of Stars 2016 raises $4,858.00
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GDMAF, Inc. is proud to announce that we raised $4,858.00 for Team Metro at the Night of Stars event with Jujubee, Raven and Mark Alan Smith. The event was held on July 16th at Brick Dallas.

Check out some great photos from the event.

GDMAF Announces Fundraising Success from June 3 MetroBall

GDMAF Announces Fundraising Success from June 3 MetroBall
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June 15, 2016 – Dallas, Texas – The Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund (GDMAF.org) is excited to announce that the June 3 #MetroBall event – with headliners Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and Chris Chism – was the most successful fundraising event in the organization’s 20 year history. More than $61,400 was raised at MetroBall to help with emergency needs for people in North Texas living with #HIV/AIDS.

“Our community continues to amaze me as they understand and respond to the needs in our community. Every dollar raised by #GDMAF meets the critical needs of individuals that have no other resources. I hope everyone will save the date for next year’s MetroBall on Friday, June 2, 2017.

“My greatest appreciation goes out to our Steering Committee, the Volunteers and the gracious and generous Sponsors of Metroball 2016. I extend my thanks, as well, to the 750 people who attended Metroball 2016,” said David Hearn, executive director of GDMAF. Over the past two decades, the MetroBall has raised more than $500,000 and assisted more than 3,000 people with HIV/AIDS.

GDMAF’s community partners include AIDS Arms, AIDS Outreach Center Fort Worth, Resource Center, AIDS Interfaith Network, Health Services of North Texas Denton, Health Services of North Texas Plano, AIDS Services of Dallas, Amelia Court – Parkland Hospital and Arch Center – Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

The 2016 MetroBall sponsors: #ZIPCAR, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, #DIFFA Dallas, #Veritex Bank, Caven Enterprises, Dallas Voice, UPS Store – Cedar Springs, Doug Boster Catering, #Avita Pharmacy, Omni Hotels, A.J. Bart, Pride Pharmacy, Triangle Payment Systems, Metrocrest Merchandise Services, Warwick Melrose Hotel, Rainbow Ranch, John Deluna, Stoli, Hulet/Langan, MAA/VLW, Wynne Transportation, Sisley, Sara’s Secret and Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano.

Visit our MetroBall page here.

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