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MetroBall Cancels 2020, Will Return June 4, 2021

As we started planning our 2020 schedule of events, we were excited to plan an event to celebrate 25 years of serving the community and at the same time celebrate our 15th MetroBall. What started as a small house party has evolved into a premier event featuring a combination of great throwback artists and up and coming entertainers.

As COVID-19 became a part of our reality in March, we had hoped it would pass quickly and we would still be able to celebrate with you in June. However, time passed and things only got worse, so we postponed until September.

Unfortunately, with COVID cases at record numbers and event restrictions in place for the foreseeable future, we have no choice but to cancel MetroBall for 2020. It was a difficult decision, as the money raised is used to help so many people, but we must put the safety of our attendees, volunteers, performers and the venue staff first.

The good news is that all of our entertainers have confirmed for MetroBall XV on Friday, June 4, 2021. We’ll be looking forward to a great event with Tiffany, Jennifer Holliday, Thea Austin and Chris Chism. We are contacting sponsors directly to discuss options. If you already purchased tickets for this year’s event, we can roll those tickets to next year or you can contact David Hearn at planobar@aol.com to request a refund. If you would like to donate the cost of your ticket to help those in need, you do not need to take any action and we thank you.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook or visit our website, gdmaf.org for updates and for information about upcoming virtual events. As an all-volunteer organization, we can’t do it without you. Thank you for supporting us throughout the years and making a real difference in the lives of those living with HIV and/or AIDS. Stay safe. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

With Appreciation,
The GDMAF Board of Directors

Click here – continue to MetroBall XV main page

In Loving Memory of Brian Koch

Brian Koch. 11/13/1967 to 04/06/2020

GDMAF was sad to learn of our dear friend and supporter – Brian Koch – had died on April 6, 2020. Brian and his Mother and Father (Allan and Jan) attended many of the PlanoBar Parties in the 90’s and were great supporters of our organization.

A highlight of Brian’s life was that he danced in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He really enjoyed that opportunity.

Allan and Jan, have donated several items in his memory that we will be raising money in Brian’s memory to continue to help those with HIV and AIDS in emergency needs in North Texas.

His family has requested in his memory to make donations to GDMAF at www.gdmaf.org in his memory. Make your donation here. Please put “Brian Koch” in the “Additional Note” area so that GDMAF and Brian’s family can be aware of your donation.

A special memorial event is tentatively scheduled for November or when it is safe again for family and a few of his friends to gather. Please email plaobar@aol.com if you would be interested in attending

Team Metro LifeWalk Team – Thank You for 2020!

Most likely you are familiar with LifeWalk., the largest walk in North Texas to raise AIDS awareness and funds to help men, women and children in our area who are HIV+ or have AIDS..

GDMAF and Team Metro sends out a big ‘Thank You’ to all our LifeWalk 2020 team members, participants and contributors. LifeWalk has extended the time for Donations to October 30, 2020. So, help us get there!

Our Goal is $10,000.00 and we are at $8,970.00 as of October 12. The dollars we’ve raised in the past are hard at work; changing the lives and health of individuals all over the North Texas community.

We invite you to consider donating to our team. Check out our Team Metro Lifewalk page here.

World AIDS Day – Dec. 01, 2020

GDMAF encourages you to learn about and support World AIDS Day – Dec. 01, 2020.

WHAT IS WORLD AIDS DAY?

World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

WHY IS WORLD AIDS DAY IMPORTANT?

Over 103,800 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 38 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK over 4,450 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

WHAT CAN I DO ON WORLD AIDS DAY?

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day. You can order a red ribbon through our online shop, or donate.

MetroBall Day at the Casino

Join us on a fun-filled day trip to the WinStar World Casino on IH 35 in Oklahoma. Saturday, May 08, 2021. For your donation, you get a seat on the bus, on-bus cocktails and entertainment, prizes & more!

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