Grand opening of Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th for LGBTQ Youth

SOUTHERN ARIZONA AIDS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES OPENING OF

THORNHILL LOPEZ CENTER ON 4TH

 “ The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is proud to announce the opening of Tucson’s newest youth center, the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th. To mark the grand opening, SAAF invites the community and media representatives to attend a Ribbon Cutting and Open House on January 18, 2018 from 11:30-1pm at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, 526 North 4th Avenue.

 The objective of the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th is to serve youth through programming, direct client services, and community engagement, with a direct focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth. The central program of the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th is Eon, a safe space for LGBTQ & allied youth. At Eon, youth can work on homework, access art programming through a collaborative with the Museum of Contemporary Art, participate in peer-to-peer education opportunities and harm-reduction, empowerment-driven programming. In addition to Eon, SAAF will collocate other youth programming at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th in order to best serve the community.

 The center is named after Curtis Thornhill, originally from southern Arizona. Mr. Thornhill said: “I am very excited to be part of a project giving youth, especially LGBTQ youth, a safe space in southern Arizona. The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th will remind our whole community that our youth are loved and welcome.”

 SAAF’s Executive Director, Wendell Hicks, added: “SAAF has always been driven by transformative action. The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th will change and save the lives of many, many youths and I couldn’t be prouder of that.” Adam Ragan, SAAF’s Associate Director of LGBTQ Initiatives noted: “What started a couple years ago as a dream of a few in the community is now a reality. Youth will have a safe space to access programs, education, art, and most importantly, each other. We know the power of peer-to-peer programming can really impact the lives of youth for years to come.”

 SAAF started a $2-million capital campaign in early 2016 to undertake the funding necessary to purchase a building and undertake renovations. The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th is located on both Streetcar and bus routes, providing access across the community. Eon Lounge hours are Monday-Friday, 3pm-7pm and every 3rd Saturday evening.

 SAAF’s mission is to cultivate a healthy & stigma-free society through transformative action.”

 Event Information
January 18, 2018 from 11:30am-1pm

Featured speakers: Curtis Thornhill, District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías, Ward 6Councilmember Steve Kozachik

**Media are invited to attend this event

 For more information about the programs and services of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, or to schedule a tour of the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, please visitwww.saaf.org or call (520) 628- SAAF (7223).

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 Adam Ragan

Associate Director of LGBTQ Initiatives

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation

aragan@saaf.org

(520) 547-6171 (office)

(520) 500-7811 (cell)

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