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Rainbow Crosswalk Dedication on 4th Avenue

“RAINBOWS ARE COMING TO TUCSON!!!  Tues. AUGUST 8th, at 10 to 11 a.m.

SAAF, Historic Fourth Avenue, Speedy Striping, and the City of Tucson have joined together to paint all 4 crosswalks at 4th Avenue & 6th Street rainbow! This is the first rainbow crosswalks project in Arizona. The rainbow crosswalks celebrate inclusivity and diversity in Tucson and shows the world that Tucson, Fourth Avenue, and the City of Tucson are proud to stand with, and celebrate, the LGBTQ community.

Please join us on August 8 at 10am as we dedicate the Rainbow Crosswalks to the community.”

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Preview below of 1st rainbow painted crosswalk, courtesy of Monique Vallery, Events Director at Historic 4th Avenue,  from FB.  Check out all four crosswalks tomorrow at the dedication.

 

 

Jell-O Wresting Extravaganza on 4th Avenue

“The 30th Annual Reno Gannon Memorial Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza and Benefit Auction will be held on Saturday May 6, 2017 on 4th Avenue at 7th Street.

Teams of wrestlers raise funds to wrestle in a pit of Jell-O, often with extraordinary costumes and characters. Between wrestling matches our Drag Diva Hostesses run a live auction featuring a variety of unique items selected to please the crowd.”

“Admission tickets for the 30th Annual Reno Gannon Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza & Benefit Auction taking place on Saturday May 6, 2017 are now available! All tickets purchased online will be mailed to purchaser by April 23, 2017. Any tickets purchased on or after April 24 will be held at the will-call window under purchaser’s name. The will-call window opens at 4pm on Saturday May 6 and you will need valid photo ID to pick up will-call tickets.
Purchase Admission Tickets- $25 each

Saturday May 6, 2017

On 4th Avenue & 7th Street

4:00pm   Gates Open/Pre-Event Games & Festivities

4:30pm   Wrestling & Live Auction Begins

8:30pm   Event Ends

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New SAAF Center for LGBTQ Youth to open in 2017

PRESS RELEASE
Date:            For Immediate Release, 1/10/2017
Contact:       Wendell Hicks,Executive Director
Ethan Smith Cox, Director of Development
(520) 547-6105
SOUTHERN ARIZONA AIDS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES THORNHILL LOPEZ CENTER ON 4TH– A SAAF PLACE FOR YOUTH
 
SAAF is very excited to announce its newest project to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th- A SAAF Place for Youth. This project will create a dedicated space on 4th avenue which will house several of SAAF’s LGBTQ youth-centered prevention programs, including Eon, HIV Youth Peer Education (HYPE), and Arizona’s Life Links for Youth (Project ALLY). This newest initiative is being funded through a $1.8 million capital campaign which began in March 2016 and has raised more than $1.5 million, to date.
Curtis Thornhill, a Tucson native who now calls Salt Lake City “home”, has provided the lead gift for the campaign and has challenged SAAF to raise an additional $300,000 by the end of March 2017. Thornhill stated, “I was born in Tucson and grew up in southern Arizona. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the love and support of amazing mentors who have guided and challenged me to reach my full potential. The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th is an opportunity to equip a new generation with the same gifts.”
The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th will provide a safe space as well as skills-building, advocacy, and culturally competent care to LGBTQ youth and their allies ages 13-26. SAAF Executive Director Wendell Hicks, says, “Since taking over many initiatives from Wingspan, southern Arizona’s LGBTQ community center for more than a quarter century, 2 & ½ years ago, we here at SAAF have searched for the right way to re-launch LGBTQ programming in Tucson in a sustainable way that was directly responsive to community needs and immediately addressed gaps in services. The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th will do just that. We are so fortunate for the support of Mr. Thornhill as well as the nearly 100 other donors to the campaign, so far.”
Members of the media are invited to an invitation-only groundbreaking event taking place on Tuesday January 24, 2017 at 4:00pm at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, located at 526 North 4th Avenue. Mr. Thornhill and SAAF staff will be available for interviews prior to the event. Please contact Ethan Smith Cox, SAAF Director of Development, at (520) 547-6105, to schedule an interview time.
For more information, visit www.centeron4th.org.

Jello Wrestling at new location near 4th Avenue

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Tickets to the 29th Annual Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza & Benefit Auction are now on sale for $25 each. Sponsored by Southern AZ Aids Foundation, SAAF.

“All tickets purchased by April 15, 2016 will be mailed to purchaser. Any tickets purchased after April 15 will be held at will-call window, which will open at 6:00pm on the day of the event.”

Buy tickets online at SAAF website: http://jello-wrestling.saaf.org/tickets/

Carolyn’s note: If you have never been to this event, you have been missing a fabulous, fun-filled extravaganza with jello shots, lively wrestling in cold, greenish? jello in a wrestling ring, door prizes, music, Divas and lots more.

Spring into Spring 4th Avenue Street Fair

Not an April Fool’s joke, but the popular Spring Street fair on 4th Avenue starts on April 1st this year, to April 3rd.

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All info at: http://www.fourthavenue.org/general-information/. Map below:

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And check out the 3 new recently installed HeART sculptures along 4th Avenue, which you and your significant other/partner/spouse can place a lock on, forever.  Actually someone recently pointed out to me that some are combination locks, so you have a way out if you want to remove it later.

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Celebrate World Aids Day on Dec. 1st

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Please join Tucson’s World AIDS Day – to celebrate how far we have come in the fight against HIV/AIDS, remember those we have lost, and promote awareness of HIV prevention.

There will be live Music, Dance, Art and Speakers
LIVE FEED/Sister celebration with TANZANIA!

Music!
Jeremy Michael Cashman and Mighty Joel Ford
Vannessa Lundon
Reverb

Dance!
Esperanza Dance Troup
Youth Hip Hop

Live Artists!
Jessica Gonzales
Keaton Kohl
Austin Pierson

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