Bar AIDS San Diego Fundraiser Benefits Local HIV/AIDS Programs

Bar AIDS San Diego Fundraiser Benefits Local HIV/AIDS Programs
November, 2015 Client News
SAN DIEGO – Nov. 23, 2015 – San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative (HFC), a grant program of San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), announces the first-ever Bar AIDS San Diego event scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3 during World AIDS Week at various bars, nightclubs, coffee shops and smoothie shops throughout San Diego County.

Participating establishments will donate 25 percent or more of the day’s beverage sales to HFC to support grants for local HIV/AIDS programs and initiatives that work collaboratively to link, and retain HIV-infected individuals in care and connect those at high-risk for infection to prevention resources and education.

“We are at an exciting time in the timeline of HIV/AIDS, when we have the tools to end new infections. HFC is committed to doing our part to make this a reality in San Diego County, through the funding of programs and initiatives at agencies and clinics from Oceanside to San Ysidro, and all points in between,” said Ian Morton, senior program analyst, SDHDF. “By supporting Bar AIDS San Diego and other HFC fundraising efforts, funds impact a diverse circle of specialized services that protect and support vulnerable and under-served populations with the sensitive services that retain them in treatment and preventive care.”

Bar AIDS began in Chicago, IL as an event to raise funds for HIV services and to reach and educate the “nightlife” crowd who, while at risk for HIV transmission, may not be as readily linked to the usual avenues where such resources would be available. The event is meant to be simultaneously celebratory and educational.

Taking place during World AIDS Week, San Diego’s inaugural Bar AIDS event will focus on Hillcrest and North Park businesses. Currently the following bars are slated to participate:

  • Lava Sushi (92103) (100 percent of proceeds!)
  • Babycakes (92103)
  • Grinds & Vine Coffee Shop (92104)
  • Negociant Winery (92104)
  • Numb3rs (92103)
  • Rich’s San Diego (92103)
  • San Diego Eagle (92103)
  • Seventh Avenue Pub at Whole Foods (92103)
Here are a few other ways to join this effort:
  • Make sure your favorite bar, coffee house or smoothie shop is participating! If you know a manager or owner at an establishment that you think would be a good fit, have them contact Ian Morton via ian@sdhdf.org.
  • Plan to be an “ambassador” for Bar AIDS San Diego. We are looking for individuals to act as ambassadors at each location for the day of the event, letting patrons know that just by showing up, they are helping end HIV/AIDS in San Diego County.
  • Get a group together to patronize one of the participating businesses on Dec. 3. Whether it’s a morning coffee meeting, happy hour or night on the town, support the businesses that are putting their proceeds toward this cause.

Proceeds from Bar AIDS San Diego will support the important work done by San Diego HIV service providers, including Christie’s Place, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Fraternity House, Mama’s Kitchen, North County LGBTQ Resource Center, San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, San Diego Youth Services, San Ysidro Health Centers and Stepping Stone of San Diego. In addition to grant partnerships with grassroots agencies and HIV programming at larger San Diego clinics, the HFC is proud to be a sponsor of some of the highly visible fundraising and awareness campaigns, such as The San Diego LGBT Center’s AIDS Walk and this year’s inaugural Red Dress Party San Diego.

Despite efforts to prevent new HIV infections across the Unites States, the number of documented new infections remains near 50,000 per year, with San Diego County showing the third highest rates in the state of California. Between the years of 2007-2011, San Diego County averaged 350 new HIV diagnoses per year, with an estimated additional undiagnosed 85 to 90 cases. With the average lifetime cost of HIV treatment hovering at $380,000 per individual, this creates a burden of $133 million in medical costs per year.

By helping HFC and SDHDF raise funds through Bar AIDS San Diego, all supporters can be a part of this meaningful goal, as we work toward the end of HIV.

Learn more about HFC via sdhdf.org and follow the conversation on Facebook, using #BarAIDSSD.

About the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation
The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), which will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2016, is the sole community foundation in the San Diego region dedicated to the benefit of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. SDHDF funds programs and projects that promote equal treatment, tolerance, wellness, well-being, and above all else, human dignity. We work to strengthen LGBT organizations and leadership. The organization nurtures philanthropic giving to support LGBT people and address important issues such as aging, arts and culture, health and wellness, youth and families, and civil rights. For more information, visit www.sdhdf.org. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.

About San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative
The San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative (HFC) has served as a funding and advisory resource for HIV/AIDS services in the San Diego region since 1990, when it was founded by a local group of concerned community members and funders. Since its founding, the HFC has granted nearly $7 million to support HIV/AIDS services in San Diego County and is currently partnering with nine San Diego HIV service providers to reduce new HIV infections by 60 percent in the next three years. For more information, visit www.sdhdf.org. Connect on Facebook.