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WNCAP is kicking off the summer with a new look!
Talk about a beach body. As we launch into a new season, WNCAP is thrilled to honor our incredible community partners and expand with new transitions. As Dining Out For Life® comes to a close, auction season is upon us once more. And in the world of HIV advocacy, WNCAP is collaborating to bring healthcare policy front and center to your representatives. There are always opportunities to get involved with WNCAP, and we're thrilled to announce our Raise Your Hand Signature Piece Competition jurors. 
We're giving our e-news a fresh look, let us know if you like it! And as always, contact us with your questions, comments, or  love notes.
Calling All Western North Carolina Artists
The Signature Piece Competition Heats Up
The anticipation is building - who will be the 2017 Signature Piece winner? There is still time to submit your art to the competition, but the deadline is fast approaching on June 8th.
The Signature Piece of art is the cornerstone of the Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala. Each year we hold a juried competition seeking the winning piece of art that will be featured on our event poster, website, social media, and in all advertisements. The Signature Piece of art is the most exciting component of our live auction, and in past years has raised over $6,000.00.

As we prepare for our 29th annual Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala, the competition for the Signature Piece is heating up. Every year, the event attracts over 250 patrons from across the region, with visitors from nearby cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, and parts of Tennessee. Attendees return year after year to celebrate the vibrant art scenes across western North Carolina and to support WNCAP as the only HIV/AIDS organization in the region. 
To schedule a meeting and pick-up of your art work donation, please visit or contact the office at 828-252-7489. 

Questions? Check out our FAQ page.
The Signature Piece Competition Heats Up
The Latest from WNCAP
Get involved in your community
Meet Your Signature Piece Competition Jurors
Joint the Fight for Healthcare
June 5 is HIV Long-Term Survivors Day
Dishing Out the Praise
From the Blog
The Latest from WNCAP
"Syringe Exchange Featured by NC Health News" 
From the stereotypes and stigma that shadow our exchange participants, to the very real issue of supply shortages and extreme demand, read what North Carolina Health News had to say about our very own syringe exchange...
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"Behind Every Dish is a Story at Dining Out For Life"
When most people think of HIV/AIDS, they tend not to think about the caregivers behind the virus. And in many cases, these were women who were drawn to volunteer their time as their friends died alone in hospitals and bedrooms in cities everywhere. Some of these unsung women affected by HIV are two of our longest-running volunteers: Barbara and Betty.
Volunteer Opportunities
Get involved in your community
WNCAP seeks dependable volunteers with reliable transportation to deliver food boxes to homebound WNCAP clients. 

Join a dedicated team on the 2nd or 4th Saturday of each month from 10am-12pm.  Volunteers pick up supplies from the Loving Food Resources food pantry.
For more information: Chris at 828-252-7489 ext.315 or
Raise Your Hand Jurors Announced
Meet Your Signature Piece Competition Jurors

2016 Signature Piece winning artist Constance Williams

College Art Association's 2017 Distinguished Teaching of Art and professor of art, emeritus at UNC Asheville Virginia Derryberry
Artist and Curating Manager at Woolworth Walk in downtown Asheville, Erin Kellem
Bios available here.
And... Action!
Joint the Fight for Healthcare
WNCAP and Planned Parenthood South Atlantic are working together to bring healthcare advocacy to WNC. Whether you're more of the creative letter-writing type, or a loud and proud protester, there's an event for you. 
Tuesday, May 30: Learn more about the American Health Care Act and how it may impact you and your loved ones. Pack Square Memorial Library, 6-8pm.
Thursday, June 1: Get your craftivism on with letters to your representatives. Join the letter-writing party: we bring the supplies, you bring the attitude. West Asheville Library, 11am-1pm.
Saturday, June 10: Ready to rally? You bet we are! Time to break out the glitter and sneakers, we'll be rallying against a healthcare bill that discriminates against people living with pre-existing conditions, the elderly, women, people with substance abuse or mental health disorders, and millions of individuals across the country. Location TBA.
Contact WNCAP Social Media Coordinator Lucy for details on how you can get involved. 
Save the Date
June 5 is HIV Long-Term Survivors Day
With the gap between HIV life-expectancy rate and HIV-negative rates narrowing, there is more to celebrate this year than ever before. In fact, twenty-year-olds who began antiretroviral therapy (ARTs) in 2010 are projected to live an extra decade longer than those who started in 1996. Here's to our long-term survivors, who prove every single day that HIV is a chronic illness and not the death sentence it once was.
15 individuals share advice on living with HIV long-term.
Want to get social? Follow #HIVResilient, #HLTSAD2017, and #LongTermSurvivors on Twitter and join the conversation!
Dining Out For Life® 2017 - Special Thanks
Dishing Out the Praise
While we are getting close to getting our final numbers for our 15th annual Dining Out For Life® benefit, we want to take a moment to pause and thank some very special folks. We appreciate the generous support we get each year from all of our restaurants, but want to highlight 5 restaurants or restaurateurs who have been on this journey with
us for all 15 years.
Michel Baudouin of Bouchon & The Grape Escape
Eric Scheffer of Vinnies & Savoy
Joan & Joe Eckerd of The Laughing Seed
Tupelo Honey Café, Asheville
Congratulations to all and thanks!!!
Here are the Dinner Ambassadors with the highest diner donations:
Barbara Bell & Betty Sharpless of Avenue M - $3140
Revelle Edwards & Ashley Nicole of Village Wayside - $2291
George White & Mark Collins of Rezaz - $2089
And for Lunch  – Bobby Hill & Mark Arrington of Carmels – $1445
While we recognize the highest individual totals, we also thank every Ambassador for their efforts, whether you raised $100 or $1000; you are all
part of our success this year.
And our sponsors, businesses & groups that supported this year’s event as Ambassadors:
Prestige Subaru
Mosaic Realty
Keller-Williams Realty
Wells Fargo
Blue Ridge Pride
Beer City Sisters
View the "behind-the-plates" photo gallery.
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