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Excitement is Building for the Raise Your Hand Auction and Gala
We’re less than a month away from WNCAP’s big night of fundraising, friend raising, and advocacy. More than 300 artists, activists, and community members will come together on Saturday, September 23rd at the Asheville Event Centre for the 29th Annual Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala. Attendees will bid and bid again for a huge array of auction items, all for the cause of HIV treatment and prevention in Western North Carolina.
 
Artist Linda Gritta and Gala Chairperson Pam Siekman stand with Gritta's 2017 winning Signature Piece, Red is Feeling Brave. 
Artist Linda Gritta (Left) and Gala Chairperson Pam Siekman (Right) stand with Gritta's 2017 winning Signature Piece, Red is Feeling Brave
 
“We are thrilled with the selection of auction items we’ve received from our donors” states Pam Siekman, Chairperson of the Gala. In addition to this year's winning Signature Piece by Linda Gritta, an abstract painting entitled Red is Feeling Brave, the auction includes a number of experiential items, including an incredible two week stay in an Italian Villa that is sure to take top bid at this year’s gala.
 
Italian villa for auction at the WNCAP Raise Your Hand GalaWe are expecting to be sold out in the next two weeks! Gather your friends and purchase your tickets now online or by calling the office at 828-252-7489.

 One of the Raise Your Hand auction items is a two week stay at a stunning villa in Coldipozzo, Italy.
 
We are expecting to be sold out in the next two weeks! Gather your friends and purchase your tickets now online or by calling the WNCAP office at 828-252-7489.
 
Can't attend the event in person, but still want to bid? Check out the Absentee Bidding option and you won't miss out!
IN THIS ISSUE
Excitement is Building for the Raise Your Hand Auction and Gala
Leadership Changes and New Team Members at WNCAP
Come To The Family Picnic!
WNCAP's Michael Harney Attends International AIDS Conference
Join WNCAP At Event on Aug 31, International Overdose Awareness Day
Thank You To Our Artists
Welcome to the Family!
Leadership Changes and New Team Members at WNCAP
WNCAP is very excited to announce Brodderick Roary as its new Executive Director. He will help lead WNCAP during its 30th year of providing resources to people living with HIV/AIDS in 18 counties in Western North Carolina.
 
Brodderick Roary is the new Executive Director of WNCAP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WNCAP is excited to announce Brodderick Roary (Left) as its new Executive Director, and Antonio Del Toro (2nd Left) as its new Associate Executive Director. Randy Rodriguez (2nd Right) will serve as WNCAP's new Special Events Coordinator and Michael Poandl (Right) is the new Digital Media Specialist.
 
"WNCAP has matured into a multi-faceted organization,” says President of the WNCAP Board, Mark Collins. “Each chapter of its long, rich history is full of change and transition, all leading to a stronger and more diverse organization.”
 
Brodderick Roary has worked with WNCAP since 2013, most recently as Operations Manager, where he improved operations and support services in furtherance of the organization’s mission. His responsibilities now include board governance, financial stewardship, and strategic planning.
 
“I am honored to lead WNCAP during a period of dynamic growth for the organization,” remarks Roary. “I look forward to continuing to partner with the community as we fight together for a future where there are no new cases of HIV in Western North Carolina. As human beings living in a totally interdependent world, we all have a role to play in battling this epidemic, and WNCAP will continue to be at the forefront of that struggle”.
 
Additionally, Antonio Del Toro, former Client Services Coordinator, has been elevated to Associate Executive Director. Del Toro previously oversaw a number of vital community outreach programs, including the 340B Drug Pricing Program, which allows WNCAP to profitably dispense lifesaving medications to people living with HIV/AIDS. Collins elaborates, “The wealth of knowledge and compassion that both Brodderick and Antonio each bring to WNCAP ensures the agency and its clients will continue to be well served.”
 
As if that wasn't enough, WNCAP has recently hired two new staff members: Randy Rodriguez, who will be serving as the new Special Events Coordinator, and Michael Poandl, the new Digital Media Specialist. They both started work on the day of the Eclipse, which undoubtedly means their hiring is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Good luck, Randy and Michael!
 
Blue Ridge Pride 2017
Come To The Family Picnic!
 
As part of Blue Ridge Pride 2017, WNCAP will be co-sponsoring a Family Picnic on Wednesday, September 27, from 3-7 PM in Weaver Park, presented by the LGBTQ Elder Advocates of WNC. Hotdogs and drinks will be provided - but feel free to bring a dessert or side dish! This is a free event but RSVP is required - please email stephanie@landofsky.org or call 828.251.7438 to sign up!
Letter from Paris
WNCAP's Michael Harney Attends International AIDS Conference
WNCAP Michael Harney at the International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science
In July, WNCAP's own Michael Harney visited Paris to attend the 9th Annual International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science. 
 
Michael was on assignment for our friends at GayAshevilleNC.com, for whom he wrote two stellar articles summarizing key aspects of a very complex subject - the latest trends in HIV science. 
 
Michael, whose column is known to longtime readers of GayAsheville as "Rubber Man", writes:
 
"Overall, the direction of the research being reported this week has much to do with reaching the worldwide goal known as 90-90-90 by 2020. That is, to have 90% of people who have HIV know their status, that 90% of those diagnosed be in care receiving antiretroviral treatment, and that 90% of those in care have a suppressed viral load."
 
Check out Michael's fascinating articles in their entirety here.
#EndOverdose
Join WNCAP At Event on Aug 31, International Overdose Awareness Day
International Overdose Awareness Day Someone's Son Meme
 
More Americans now die from drug overdoses than from car crashes. August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, and Buncombe County Health and Human Services is hosting two events to help educate the community about overdose awareness and prevention, as well as create remembrance art to memorialize those who have been lost.
 
From 11AM-1PM on Wednesday, August 30, Buncombe County HHS and The Steady Collective will be at the Haywood Street Congregation during the weekly Downtown Welcome Table lunch for overdose prevention, naloxone distribution, and remembrance art. Come and create a remembrance stone to carry in your pocket, or make a piece of a prayer flag that will be sewn into a huge piece of mobile overdose remembrance art.
 
From 12-2 PM on Thursday, August 31, WNCAP will be at Trinity Episcopal Church (Red Door) in downtown Asheville for free pizza and an open conversation about overdose. Come down and join us for education, remembrance art, and pizza!
 
Some churches in town will also be ringing their bells for two full minutes at noon as a way of bringing awareness to the overdose crisis.
 
Want to get social? Like International Overdose Awareness Day on Facebook and follow @OverdoseDay, #EndOverdose, and #OverdoseAware2017 on Twitter to join the conversation!
Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala
Thank You To Our Artists
The arts and the AIDS movement have always been intertwined, and it's no different at WNCAP. We want to take a moment to thank a few of our brilliant artists who have generously donated their pieces to be auctioned at Raise Your Hand 2017:
 
 
A beautiful and unique Stainless Steel Unisex Scarf generously donated by artists Derek Dominy and Denise Carbonell of Metal and Thread. 
 
 
Judi Goloff is a WNCAP superstar! A volunteer, a donor, and a fabulous artist - here she is with a gorgeous necklace made with fused dichroic glass, Swarovski and sea pearls set in sterling silver. 
 
 
Jewelry artists Sascha and Steve Frowine pose with their stunning hand-cut turquoise and sterling silver necklace, entitled "This Talisman".
 
 
We simply adore these "sweet bowls" by River Arts District ceramicist Michael Hoffman: handbuilt porcelain with lace impressions.
 
Bid on these and many other wonderful pieces at the Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala on September 23rd - buy your tickets now before they sell out!
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