THE Nov 12 - Jan 13 Vol. 23 • No. 4 o c a s f. o r g VOICE a publication of AIDS Services Foundation Orange County community ASF estate Legacy AIDS bequest beneficiary memorial pension strength Patron's Council support Endowment Planned partners cause contribution life Generositydonors retirement friends aids walk HIV volunteer charity GIFT giving trust insurance Inside this issue Board of Directors Officers Shelly Virkstis, President Randy Harmat, Vice President Brian Bates, CPA / ABV, CVA, Treasurer Mark Gonzales, Secretary P R O M O T I N G H E L P HO P E FEATURES A Legacy of Giving ................................................................................ 4 - 5 ASF’s Annual Gala: A Night in South Beach Sizzles .......... 6 - 7 The Friends of Dorothy Sunset with Successful Halloween Costume Gala ................................................ 9 OCRA Reaches New Heights ............................................................... 11 DEPARTMENTS Letter from the Executive Director ..................................................... 3 Around ASF ....................................................................................................... 8 Save the Dates ................................................................................................. 8 HIV in the News ........................................................................................... 10 Memorials, Tributes & Grants .............................................................. 12 Patron’s Council ........................................................................................... 12 Our Mission The mission of AIDS Services Foundation is to prevent the spread of HIV and improve the lives of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Orange County. Our Story A small group of volunteers founded AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) in the late summer of 1985 because people were dying, had nowhere to turn and desperately needed help. ASF is now the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit HIV/AIDS service provider in Orange County, with a staff of committed and caring individuals, a 23-member Board of Directors, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers. Each year, ASF helps more than 1,600 men, women and children, along with their families, that are either living with HIV or are impacted by HIV disease. Services include food, transportation, housing, case management, emergency financial assistance, children and family programs, Latino outreach programs, mental health counseling, support groups, HIV testing, and an extensive array of HIV prevention and education programs. We hope for a time when these services are no longer needed. Until then, we work hard each day to prevent the spread of HIV and to ensure that everyone living with HIV and AIDS in Orange County has access to life-enhancing care and services. 17982 Sky Park Circle, Suite J, Irvine, CA 92614 • (949) 809-5700 Nov 12 - Jan 13 / Vol. 23 No. 4 / ocasf.org Follow us on Like us on Members Erik Buzzard, Esq. Mark Guillod, C.P.A. Arnold Henson, M.D. Ken Jillson Idriss Maoui Jeffrey Pearson Al Roberts Jorge Rodriguez, M.D. David Treffry Duane Vajgrt, M.D. Vince Workman Founding President Al Roberts Advisory Board The Hon. Marilyn C. Brewer, Chair, State Assembly, Retired Tammie J. Arnold, Managing Director, PIMCO Jill Bolton, Disneyland Resort The Hon. Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator Dean Corey, Executive Director, OC Philharmonic Soc. Heidi Cortese Ron Davies, Business Executive The Hon. Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator Bill Gillespie Howard Gleicher Robert Haskell, President, Pacific Life Foundation Pearl Jemison-Smith Janice Johnson Arnold W. Klein, MD Judith Morr Marica Pendjer Al Roberts Anita May Rosenstein, Business Executive The Hon. Loretta Sanchez, U.S. Congresswoman Rick Silver, Business Executive Jeffrey L. Stuckhardt In Memoriam Roger Johnson, Advisory Board Founding Chair Executive Director Philip Yaeger Editor: Design: Photographers: Printing: Marc Montminy King Graphic Design Doug Gifford, Stan Sholik Printing Division Letter from the Executive Director Dear Friends, As the end of 2012 fast approaches and we begin to look forward to the New Year, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of AIDS Services Foundation Orange County over the last year. Through your support of events such as AIDS Walk Orange County, the Annual Gala, the Orange County Ride for AIDS and the Friends of Dorothy Guild fund raisers, ASF continues its promise to never let our clients down or turn anyone away who needs our help. We are truly thankful that remarkable donors like you choose to invest in the longevity of the agency and the work we do. The longevity and fiscal future of the agency is addressed in this month’s cover story. It highlights ASF’s legacy giving program, Partners for Life, and tells the story of the most recent family to join this exclusive group of donors. A recent survey showed that nearly 89% of donors thought it appropriate for a charity to request a legacy gift. I hope that after reading this issue and reflecting upon the importance of legacy gifts to the agency, you will consider adding ASF to your after-life giving plans. I’d also like to call your attention to the annual holiday appeal letter from ASF Board President Shelly Virkstis. We all continue to feel the negative effects of the limited growth of the economy, but for our clients, those effects become multiplied when combined with living with HIV/AIDS. Over the last year, requests for food and housing continued to rise, the need for medical case management increased and the continually high price of gasoline led to increased demand for transportation services to and from medical appointments. Your gift to the annual appeal, in any amount, would help significantly change lives. The year has seen many amazing developments including cheaper and more effective tests for HIV/AIDS, new treatment options, and even renewed hope for a cure. And ASF has increased its focus on prevention and education through testing and outreach. We face 2013 working toward an AIDS-free generation with no new infections. Until we reach that goal, ASF looks forward to the continued partnerships we have created with you through events, the Patron’s Council and the Friends of Dorothy Guild to serve the men, women, and children of Orange County affected by HIV/AIDS. On behalf of the board of directors, advisory board, staff, volunteers, and clients, we wish you a satisfying, safe, and fulfilling holiday season. And best wishes for the happiest of New Years! Sincerely, Philip Yaeger, Executive Director/CEO THE VOICE nov 12 - jan 13 3 A Legacy of Giving Whether it’s HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, feeding the hungry, or even children’s sports teams, we all have causes that are important to us. And a huge majority of individuals decide to financially support organizations that are working to discover a cure, ease suffering, or buy new uniforms. Recent statistics show that 7 out of 10 Americans make charitable gifts of some kind during their lifetime. However, a small percentage of Americans, fewer than 10%, choose to include charities in their wills or trusts. Why is there such a huge disparity in the number of people who help charities during life but make no effort to continue that help after death? Mostly, it’s because it never occurs to people to create a legacy gift. through that group and through in-kind donations such as the donation of a new freezer for the Food Pantry. “I had some extra time so I started volunteering on simple office work for AIDS Walk. ASF soon got me into helping with the next Splash doing auction baskets and paperwork. I loved the way my volunteer time was valued and appreciated. And I still do!” Jeff and Karla have lost count but they estimate they have been volunteering at ASF for 10 or 11 years. The work they do ranges from event and office assistance, to Food Pantry, and deliveries. Jeff said, “We also participate in and have volunteered at the AIDS Walk. It's such a good tie-in for us Karla Kjellin-Elder & Jeffrey Elder because as we work every week in the pantry it makes it seem like the money we “Legacy giving is a way for a donor to continue to donate is taken to the store to purchase groceries uphold, through the creation of a future gift, the and we see those goods go to needy folks.” values he or she holds today,” says Philip Yaeger, As friends of ASF, Karla and Jeff already knew how ASF executive director. “Donors with the foresight vital their support was to the agency. With the to take this action now can ensure that ASF will continued slashing of governmental support for continue its fight to end HIV/AIDS well into the HIV/AIDS programs, ASF relies on the generosity of future.” individuals for an even more significant percentage ASF’s legacy giving program is called Partners for of our annual revenues. And as the virus continues Life. The most recent members to join the Partners its hold on at-risk populations around the county, for Life community are Karla Kjellin-Elder and her the need for continuing and long-term financial husband Jeffrey Elder. support is critical. Karla and Jeff first became involved with ASF when they attended a Splash event as guests of a friend. “We really enjoyed ourselves and appreciated the work that ASF was doing so we checked into being donors,” said Karla. They became members of ASF’s major donor recognition group, the Patron’s Council. And they continue to support ASF 4 THE VOICE nov 12 - jan 13 Legacy gifts can provide that long-term support for ASF. Contributions made by bequests in a will or trust, designation of ASF as a beneficiary of all or part of a retirement plan, pension or personal IRA, designation of the agency as a beneficiary of all or part of life insurance policies, and/or endowment gifts each represent forms of legacy giving. These gifts all represent powerful and meaningful ways for individuals to create a legacy of philanthropy for their family, their community and the organizations they support. “I can’t fully explain the many different ways legacy giving sustains the agency,” said Yaeger, “but I can tell you this. On several occasions over the last few years the agency has been able to provide critical services and care without interruption because of the receipt of legacy gifts from our donors. Legacy giving has helped sustain ASF through this last half-decade of financial stress.” In most cases, when legacy gifts are made, there is no cost to the donor. The gift is usually given after the passing of the donor and is a percentage of the remaining estate (after taxes, expenses and other specific bequests have been paid). The immediate benefit to the donor, in some cases, is a tax deduction or the avoidance of a capital gains tax. It’s a win-win. Karla offered, “We have our trust set up to include our four children and one charity as equal recipients. It had been going to a charity that made sense back in 1996 when we started the trust, but we’ve now decided it needed to go where our hearts are. And that’s ASF. We also have it set up that each of the children has to donate 10% of what they inherit to a charity of their choice.” She added with a smile, “Hopefully, that will be ASF.” Following is a list of the current members of the Partners for Life program and a memorial list of those members who have already realized their legacy. Doug Arneson Craig Benedetti Jeff L. Benedick Andrew J. Berner, Ph D Gerald Bodamer, DDS Jeffrey Elder and Karla Kjellin-Elder Karen Ellis Michael Feddersen Bruce N. Fox Robert F. Gentry Mark Igoe Ken Jillson Nicholas J. Labedz Mel Lewis, MD James C. Loomis Georgia Garrett-Norris Bob Metcalf Ed Mitchell David Newman-Treat Mark J. Porterfield Trust Al Roberts Jorge Rodriguez, MD Ty Rose Judith Rosenthal Richard Sneed Gunter B. Weissenberg Thomas Worthy In Memoriam Connie Acord Jack S. Agcaoili Carl Allsup Jerry R. Alsobrook James E. Armstrong Trust David A. Arnold Trust Bea Arthur Herbert Benton Trust Estate of Tim Blake Jon Bowes Estate of John C. Butler Michael W. Cole Robert Crowder Pat Feeney Don G. Hagan Greg Haskell Howle Family Trust Addison G. “Bud” Kerr Lawrence Kuzela Ira Charles “Chip” Levine Robin Masters Thomas E. McCarragher Trust Martha Raye Richard M. Reinsch Thomas A. Rose Richard L. Sartini William Scannell Eugene Scott Estate of Harry Smith Don Stratton Howard Trepp Trust Alexander J. Wentzel Arlie Wood For more information on the Partners for Life program, please contact Chris Bragg, Director of Individual Giving & Events, at (949) 809-8760 or [email protected] d THE VOICE nov 12 - jan 13 5 A Night in South Beach Sizzles! On Saturday, September 29, when guests walked the hot pink carpet outside Stage 17 at Disney California Adventure®, they knew they were in for something special and different. And the ambiance within didn’t disappoint. Complete with pink and purple lighting, palm frond projections on enormous canvas sails, and the outlines of palm trees against a sunset sky, South Beach came to life in Southern California! With the support and vision of ASF Advisory Board members and event co-chairs Marilyn Brewer and Anita May Rosenstein, ASF’s all new Annual Gala, the agency’s signature fund raising event, raised over $268,000! More than 300 guests enjoyed an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres as they mingled, sought out old friends and made some new ones. A 7-piece salsa band entertained until guests sat down at their tables, elegantly appointed in pink and purple hues, for a savory and sumptuous dinner. Accompanying dinner were delicious wines provided by long-time ASF supporters, Beaulieu Vineyard. After dinner, ASF Executive Director Philip Yaeger presented a video produced especially for the evening. It highlighted the stories of two ASF clients who tested positive at the agency, were linked with services within the agency and in the community through our case management program, and who have returned to self-sufficiency, eager to educate their community with the information they have learned about HIV/AIDS from ASF. At the conclusion of the video, Yaeger recapped the agency’s HIV-testing and fund raising “Take the Initiative. Take the Test.” campaign. The $100,000 fund raising campaign was to conclude that evening and there was still a gap remaining in funds to be raised. Guests who were moved by the stories they had just seen were asked to make donations to the campaign and an additional $12,000 was raised. Next, a live auction was conducted by ASF co-founder and board member Ken Jillson. Items available included a trip aboard the Goodyear Spirit of America airship, a stay in an executive suite at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, a two-night stay for four (park hopper tickets included) in the Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean Suite, two business-class tickets aboard American Airlines and a luxurious timepiece by Corum. Corporate cash support was provided by Waterpik. Following dessert, guests were surprised with a gift of high-tech Mickey ears from the Disneyland Resort. Brought out by the tray-full by wait staff, the ears glowed and flickered in a stunning “Technicolor” display. Their full potential would not be realized until guests made their way to the Disney California Adventure® lagoon for the evening’s grand finale. From a special cordoned-off VIP section, guests of ASF’s Annual Gala – A Night in South Beach enjoyed the Disney’s World of Color water and laser show as the gifted Mickey ears twinkled and pulsed through a full spectrum of colors in conjunction with the music and visual splendor. It was a spectacular finale to a wonderful evening! Said Yaeger, “ASF is very lucky to be able to partner with the Disneyland Resort and offer our donors such a special evening. We are truly thankful for the support we received tonight from our many generous donors and our friends at Disneyland.” d 6 THE VOICE nov 12 - jan 13 ASF’s Annual Gala – A Night in South Beach Major Donors $25,000+ Al Roberts & Ken Jillson The DaisyField Foundation $15,000+ Anita May Rosenstein Nicholas J. Labedz $10,000+ Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. Howard Gleicher & Damon Chen Jon Madison/ Steven Lewallen / Nigel Gevisser / Jorge Rodriguez, MD Marilyn C. Brewer Rick Silver & Robert Hayden / James E. Burba & Robert Hayes / John G. Combs & Sheldon Harte / Todd Davis & Chris Richter / John S. Cottrell / John Nelson $5,000+ Alan H. Miller, DDS & Mark Guillod, CPA Clark S. & Greg Collins Lorraine Ferrini & Cynthia Koulax Maria I. Marquez, MFT Randy J. Harmat & Eugenio Vasquez Link Newcomb & Micah Leslie Roya Cole Waterpik / Richard P. Bisson $2,500+ Barbara Venezia & Stanley Tkaczyk / Mark B. Eskander & Gerilyn Eskander / Vince D. Workman & Timothy B. Stoaks Dennis C. Sieting Duane J. Vajgrt, MD & Jeffrey Benedick Ed Todeschini & John Ferrante Dan Bassett Judith A. Morr / Janice M. Johnson Lawrence W. Will, DDS & Michael Shapiro Leonard R. Olds & Hugh Rouse Michael J. Fitzpatrick, MD Ronald Smelt & Max Schneider Panno Properties / Thomas Panno & Tony Maquet Philip Yaeger Shelly Virkstis $1,500+ David A. Canzoneri & Eric Cortina / Bradford J. Engelland & John Stordahl David H. Koontz & James Brophy Elliott Kornhauser, MD & Joe C. Baker, DMD / Hung Y. Fan, PhD & Michael Feldman EJ Tracy Frank N. Ricchiazzi & Borden T. Moller Gerald K. Bodamer, DDS & Michael W. Lewis Glen L. Morse & Douglas Coe / Burnham Benefits Joe G. Wilkins Michael H. & Nancy I. Brown, TTEE Pearl D. Jemison-Smith Cheryl Nault Richard P. Bisson & Paola Porrini-Bisson Ron Dier & Jock Stalker Sam & Susan Anderson THE VOICE nov 12 - jan 13 7 Around ASF In Search of Secret Angels The holidays are a special time of reflection, compassion, and generosity. We all strive to show our love for family and friends through thoughtful and meaningful gifts. ASF’s clients are no different from the rest of us. They want to experience the joy of giving, too. However, due to the physical and financial stresses of living with HIV, many clients are burdened with the inability to provide their children with even one thoughtful or meaningful gift. The ASF Secret Angels program serves to alleviate some the strain living with HIV can bring to the holiday season. Your donations to Family Programs Secret Angels will help our clients in need with the purchase of special gifts for their children…special gifts for which they don’t have the means but desperately want to give. It’s easy to help. You can: Surprise Gift from Local Philanthropists In September, ASF received an unexpected gift from Sue and Bill Gross through their William and Sue Gross Family Foundation. The $50,000 gift was earmarked by the agency to increase ASF’s ability to reach at-risk populations with HIV testing. “The most important thing ASF can do to help an individual with HIV or AIDS is connecting them with care,’ said Philip Yaeger, ASF executive director. “Once they are receiving treatment, they get healthier, become considerably less likely to transmit the virus, and the community on the whole becomes healthier. Until each individual knows his or her status, there’s no reason for them to seek treatment. This generous gift will extend the reach of the testing campaign which is so important for Orange County.” “Bill and I are very proud to support ASF as they work toward ending both the spread of HIV and the incidence of AIDS in our dPurchase and donate Target gift community,” said Sue Gross, President of cards. Bill & Sue Gross the family’s foundation. "As we’ve seen dVisit target.com. Select “TargetLists,” click on “Find in our efforts in other parts of the world, the sooner you a List,” and enter “Ana Mora,” ASF’s Family Programs become aware, the greater the likelihood of successful coordinator. Once there, you can choose the items you treatment and a better life. We believe this program will wish to purchase from our clients’ wish list. make an impact on Orange County.” dMake a cash donation to ASF designated for “Secret Angels” that we will use to purchase a gift. Thanks to your donations, ASF was able to provide 197 children with new toys, clothing, books, and electronics through the Secret Angels program last year. Sponsorship of one child is equal to $50. However, any help you can provide will add holiday cheer to and greatly impact the lives of families affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information on ASF’s Secret Angels Program, please contact Ana Mora at (949) 809-5710 or [email protected] The agency will reach at-risk populations where they congregate. Testing hours are already regularly scheduled at the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana. College campuses often host health fairs at which ASF provides free HIV testing and counseling. Community fairs and events, such as AIDS Walk Orange County and the recent National Latino AIDS Awareness Day health fair are also targeted to host testing. And teams of ASF’s HIV Prevention Specialists are out in the public in force on the days surrounding National HIV Testing Day and World AIDS Day. d Save the Dates! 8 THE VOICE nov 12 - jan 13 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012 Season of Sparkle – Holidays on Ice SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2013 AIDS Walk Orange County ASF’s annual Holiday Party is back! Join us for heart hors d’oeuvres, festive treats and cocktails. Visit ocasf.org for more information or to purchase tickets. The spectacle continues at The Disneyland Resort. Visit aidswalkorangecounty.org for more details. THE FRIENDS OF DOROTHY SUNSET AFTER 6 YEARS Final Halloween Costume Gala Caps a Successful Year For the last 6 years, Barbara Venezia and her dedicated steering committee have worked to raise much-needed funds for and awareness of HIV/AIDS in Orange County. Their group, The Friends of Dorothy Guild, acted as ambassadors and fund raisers for AIDS Services Foundation in communities in which ASF traditionally had no presence. They have been a huge success! But all good things must come to an end. With close to twenty-five events under their belts and over $700,000 raised for client programs and services at ASF, The Friends of Dorothy Guild leadership have decided it’s time to box up the red-sequined pumps and disband the group. On Saturday, October 20, a sold-out crowd of two hundred supporters gathered at The Center Club in Costa Mesa for the dual purpose of celebrating the Dorothy’s annual Haunted Halloween Costume Gala and wishing the guild a fond farewell. The $42,000 raised at the event through ticket sales, live and silent auctions, and event underwriting brought the guild’s fund raising total to over $100,000 for the 2012 season. The annual event also allowed the Dorothy’s to honor and thank their corporate and underwriting supporters for the year with their signature Shoe Awards. Event sponsors that were recognized included Mark Eskander, The Center Club, Dennis Sieting, Susan Scott, David Przeracki, Scott Christian, and Al Roberts & Ken Jillson. Food and refreshments were provided by Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Billy’s Naked Chicken, Divas Cup Cakes, Carolyn Stoaks, and Nothing Bundt Cakes. “I’m proud of what the Dorothy Guild’s accomplished. Though our fundraising campaign has ended a successful run, we’ve grown a base of donors for ASF who I hope will continue to support them over the Rainbow and never lose sight of the important work ASF does,” says Venezia. “After their six amazing years of financial support and outreach in the wider community, ASF is certain there will never be another group that is equal to the task of accomplishing what the Dorothy’s did,” said Philip Yaeger, ASF executive director. “Barbara Venezia and her group have put forth unbelievable amounts of energy in support of the work ASF does in Orange County. That drive, generosity, and dedication can never be replaced.” d THE VOICE nov 12 - jan 13 9 HIV In The News New HIV Tests Still Being Developed With the recent distribution of OraQuick at-home HIV tests to the marketplace, HIV testing should be becoming commonplace. That’s good news! With a retail cost of only $39.99, HIV testing is now easier and more confidential than ever. Researchers, however, are still trying to find even easier and cheaper ways to test for HIV in the system. According to a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, researchers at Imperial College London have developed a test that analyzes blood serum for an HIV biomarker known as p24. When present, a reaction in a vial of solution causes nanoparticles of p24 to draw together into irregular clusters and develop a blue hue. These blue clusters are visible to the naked eye. When a negative result is achieved, the particles separate into spheres and remain red. In contrast, the study also found that CD4 counts <200 cell/mm and cancellations of appointments, whether at three 3-, 4-, or 6-month interval, were risk factors for virologic failure. If further studies confirm Buscher’s preliminary findings as reported above, regular office visits could be reduced, meaning lower costs for patients, less time dealing with their illness, and less disruption to their everyday lives. A New Vaccine Approach: Trick the Immune System Members of the medical faculty at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany have received $2.3 million in funding over the next 3 years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The researchers are part of the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD) which “seeks to speed up the development of an HIV-vaccine through a rigorous exchange of information, methods and reagents.” The test can detect even the minutest particle of p24 and therefore significantly decreases the window period – the period directly after infection when other antibodies tests may give a false negative. The test is also one-tenth the cost of current ELISA nucleic-acid based tests. Researchers hope to team with nonprofit global health groups to put the test into wide use in low-income countries ravaged by HIV/AIDS. Twice Yearly Check-Ups May Control HIV MedPage Today reported recently that “going 4 or 6 months between office visits instead of the standard 3 does not appear to compromise virologic control among stable-HIV patients.” The study, conducted by April Buscher, MD, while a resident at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, found that If patients only saw their physicians every 4 months, 75% still had undetectable viral loads at the end of a year. Of the patients who only saw their doctors twice a year – every 6 months -- 76% had maintained virologic control at the end of 12 months. These numbers are consistent with the 75% who maintained virologic control after regular quarterly visits. Buscher noted that the generalizability of her findings for the 6 month visits group might be limited because of the small percentage of patients within that group. Of the 2,165 patients included in the study, only 168, or about 7.5%, were members of the 6 month group. 10 THE VOICE nov 12 - jan 13 The project being funded is based on the knowledge that certain immunological reactions to prior vaccines have actually increased the risk of HIV-infection and the desire to avoid harmful immune system responses while still creating protective antibodies. Earlier studies have shown that certain antibodies could protect from HIV infection. Important for such antibody production are the CD4 T helper cells. However, reactive CD4 T helper cells are also where HIV multiples particularly quickly. Therefore, if the number of HIVresponsive CD4 T helper cells increases as a result of the vaccine, the effect is simultaneously helpful and hurtful. The aim of this research project is to produce HIV antibodies through the use of T helper cells whose purpose is the recognition of other pathogens, not HIV. The immune system would essentially be tricked into fighting HIV. The number of T helper cells which respond to HIV would not go up through vaccination, making it more difficult for HIV to multiply. d OCRA Reaches New Heights! The 3rd annual Orange County Ride for AIDS set new milestones this year as the event continued the growth realized during last year’s ride. Registrations were up about 40% to a total of 165 for the October 13 event. More than 120 riders, a growth of more than 50%, participated on the day of the event. And, although the books don’t close on the event until December 1, funds raised are expected to top $125,000! That total is 16% more than we raised last year! OCRA also increased its size by adding an extra route for less experienced riders. In addition to the 100-mile Century route and the 62-mile Metric Century route, riders could also opt for the less imposing, 30-mile Taste of OCRA route. All three routes were once again developed by local cycling club, Team OC. The members of Team OC once again stepped up in a big way to assist in the execution and logistics of the ride. Members also offered training rides for all three routes with special Sunday rides focusing on the family-friendly Taste of OCRA ride. The continued success of OCRA is definitely due in no small part to the involvement of the members of Team OC. Also new this year was the location of the start and finish line at the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Beach. The new site offered the ride and our cause greater visibility and definitely added to the excited atmosphere of the post-ride festival. The new start and finish location also provided the opportunity to change and refine the routes used for the last two years. Riders all agreed the new routes were more forgiving, with the hardest climbs coming about half-way through the ride instead of long climbs to the finish. Pit Stop locations along the routes included Irvine Valley College, Starbucks at Las Flores Plaza in Rancho Santa Margarita with a volunteer crew supplied by Chase Morgan, and Doheny State Beach staffed by ASF employees, friends and family. Trabuco Hills High School served as the lunch Pit Stop location. Volunteers from Wells Fargo handed out sandwiches to our riders provided by BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse of Laguna Beach. Awaiting the riders at the finish were pizzas provided by BJ’s and burgers and fries served fresh from Original Tommy’s Burgers food truck. Organizers are already sitting down to plan the 4th annual Orange County Ride for AIDS. We’re definitely expecting it to continue to grow! Registration should be open by early December for the planned October ride! More information can be found at ocrideforaids.com. d Presenting Sponsor Gold Sponsors Silver Sponsors Bronze Sponsors Supporting Sponsors Media Sponsor Service Sponsors A Road Bike 4 U • Bike Religion East West Bikes Edge Cyclesports G2Bikes Bicycle Center Irvine Bicycles JAX Bicycle Centers • Kiehl’s Laguna Beach Legal Oakley Performance Bikes Rock N’ Road Cyclery Simple Green Sport Performance Institute Starbucks • Yoga Works THE VOICE nov 12 - jan 13 11 Memorials/Tributes/Grants Memorials In Memory of Dino and Ruby Gomez Arthur Gomez In Memory of Eddie “Tony” Estrada and Shawn Coakley Richard and Charlene Estrada In Memory of Michael McCoy Vine Street Elementary School Faculty Fund tributes In Honor of Dr. Judy Fluor Runels Louis D. Nealon In Honor of Louis ASF Volunteer Extraordinaire Carol M. Edwards In Honor of Ken Jillson On the occasion of his birthday Max Schneider and Ron Smelt In Memory of Michael Strazzulla In Honor of Barbara Hobson —Ellen Gilleland grants Thank you to the following for their generous support of ASF's programs and services: Entertainment AIDS Alliance ............ $5,000 General Operating MAC AIDS Fund ................................. $25,000 Nutrition Services Program Wells Fargo Foundation ................... $10,000 Medical Case Management Wilbur May Foundation ................... $15,000 Family and Children’s Program 12 THE VOICE nov 12 - jan 13 Patron's Council The outstanding leadership and commitment of its generous supporters are essential aspects of ASF’s ability to help individuals living with HIV and AIDS. Patron’s Council is ASF’s major donor recognition society. Patron’s Council members are vital to the success of ASF and demonstrate their unwavering commitment to the agency by contributing $1,200 or more annually in nonevent related contributions. As major donors, Patron’s Council members enjoy several recognition events each year. President’s Circle $50,000+ Anita May Rosenstein** Ambassador’s Circle $10,000+ Marilyn Brewer** Director’s Circle $5,000+ Michael H. & Nancy I. Brown Bill Gillespie** Delegate’s Circle $2,500+ Jeffrey Elder & Karla Kjellin-Elder Gerald Giannini & Ralph Wilson Dennis C. Sieting James W. Vaughn & Kevin M. Broadwater Advocate’s Circle $1,200+ Wylie A. & Bette Aitken Joe Baker, DMD & Elliott Kornhauser, MD Craig Benedetti & Alex Acosta Desi Barroga Brian D. Bates, CPA/ABV, CVA* Jeff L. Benedick & Duane Vajgrt, MD* James E. Burba & Bob Hayes Erik Buzzard* David A. Canzoneri & Eric Cortina Walter W. Carnwright & Ariel C. Feir Mark Coolidge Karen Ellis & Sandra Hartness Bradford J. Engelland & Jon Stordahl Hung Y. Fan, PhD & Michael Feldman Mark Guillod* & Alan H. Miller Arnold Henson, MD* Carl O. Harvey Robert M. Hodges, PhD & Charles Hensley, PhD Daniel R. Hovenstine, MD & John Weber Janice M. Johnson** Mark Loeffler Judith A. Morr* Glen L. Morse & Douglas Coe Christopher Quilter Patricia Powers Chuck P. Rainey III Al Roberts* & Ken Jillson* Scott Sackin & Philip Talbert Max A. Schneider, M.D. & Ronald E. Smelt Frank J. Schools Jean E. Schwalbe Calvin L. Smith, Jr. Jeffrey Stuckhardt** & Bill Lawrence Ed Todeschini & John Ferrante Philip Yaeger* * ASF Board Member ** ASF Advisory Committee Member * Indicates renewal of Patron’s Council Membership since last printing.
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