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The AIDS Memorial Quilt is On Display Now
Portions of the famous AIDS Memorial Quilt are on display now through Saturday, November 25th, at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel (31 Woodfin Street, Asheville). The exhibit is free and open daily from 10am-7pm, but will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
 
 
Fourteen 12x12 foot blocks, each one made up of 8 or more individual panels, pay tribute to those who died from AIDS-related causes. Many of the panels memorialize people from the local Western North Carolina area who passed away. Others are more far flung, such as one block made entirely of international panels. It is a solemn and moving exhibit, but also an inspiring display of the love and activism that was generated by the AIDS epidemic. 
 
 
The opening reception for the Quilt display was on Monday, November 20th. Cantaria, The Gay Men's Chorus of Asheville, performed, and WNCAP Executive Director Brodderick Roary gave a moving speech about the enduring power of the AIDS Quilt. Most of the event was streamed online in real time using Facebook Live. If you didn't get a chance to attend the event in person, check out the live stream below!
 
 
We are still looking for volunteers to be exhibit hosts, or "docents", for the Quilt display. Exhibit hosts will greet exhibit-goers, provide them with an information card and act as a pleasant and professional representative of WNCAP and monitor of the Quilt. Contact WNCAP Community Resource Coordinator Chris Winebrenner at wncapvolunteer@wncap.org or (828) 252-7489 ext. 315 to schedule your 3-hour shift. We had some amazing volunteers help set up the Quilt on Sunday, November 19th. Check out this cool time lapse video of the setup - makes it look easy, doesn't it?
 
 
On Saturday, November 25th, there will be two screenings of the film "The Last One" at the AIDS Quilt exhibit. The screenings will take place at 3pm and 5pm. "The Last One" is an award-winning documentary that traces the origins and impact of the AIDS Quilt through interviews and archival footage.
 
 
When you visit the exhibit, feel free to take a picture and share it with WNCAP on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
World AIDS Day
WNCAP Celebrates World AIDS Day With Breakfast & Testing Clinic
World AIDS Day is Friday, December 1st, and WNCAP is celebrating with a day of prevention, advocacy, and free food. In the morning, from 8am-10am, WNCAP is hosting a complimentary breakfast gathering at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Asheville. Speakers will discuss the past and future of the AIDS advocacy movement as well as pay tribute to local organizations that continue to fight HIV/AIDS in our community.
 
The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required because spaces are limited. Please contact WNCAP Special Events Coordinator Randy Rodriguez at randy@wncap.org or (828) 252-7489 ext. 313 to reserve your spot.
 
 
Later that day, from 11am-4pm, WNCAP will be hosting a free Testing Clinic at our office (554 Fairview Rd., Asheville). All members of the community are encouraged to stop by for a free HIV test. What's more, all attendees will receive a $5.00 gift card to either Target or Walmart. What could be better than shopping and public health?
 
Merry & Bright
Donate or Sponsor A Child for WNCAP's Holiday Gift Drive

 
The Merry & Bright Holiday Gift Drive is raising money and gifts for children in need! Donations of presents and money to buy presents are pouring in. There is still limited time to contribute to a local child's happy holiday. There are two ways to be a part of Merry & Bright. The first is to contribute directly online (choose the Merry & Bright dropdown menu on the donation form) and we will use your donation to purchase gifts.
 
The second is to directly sponsor a child. If you contact WNCAP Special Events Coordinator Randy Rodriguez by emailing him at randy@wncap.org or calling (828) 252-7489 ext. 313, he will provide you with a specific wish list of presents requested by a child in need. Then, it's your job to go shopping and make a holiday Merry & Bright!
 
 
You may have seen the WNCAP Rainbow Tree on Wheels - it's really getting around Asheville! It is currently at O.Henry's and Edna's of Asheville. If you see it, fill out one of the Angel ornaments to contribute. Then, take a picture and post it on social media!
Public Health Crisis
NEPA Fundraising Campaign is Over Goal!
 
Over the last several weeks, WNCAP has been pushing an online fundraising campaign for the Needle Exchange Program of Asheville (NEPA). Private donations are essential to running our needle exchange because public, or government, money does not pay for it. 
 
We are so grateful to announce that due to a generous donation we are now over our goal of raising $1,000! That money can be used for thousands of sterile syringes, along with other safe injection supplies that help prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C.
 
There is still time to be on the front lines of the harm reduction movement by contributing to the NEPA Fundraising campaign. Your money will help change - or save - a life!
 
Pharmacy Services
WNCAP Pharmacy Services Serve The Most Vulnerable in Our Community
 
Many people don't realize that WNCAP operates a Pharmacy Services program that connects our clients with life-saving medication at no cost to them.
 
In fact, in Fiscal Year 2017, WNCAP provided $35,836.87 in waived copays and deductibles for our clients. We also paid $5,430.43 in non-covered prescriptions, and covered $5,555.92 in medication shipping costs.
 
If you're interested in finding out more about all the great work WNCAP Pharmacy Services does, check out the website.
Check, Please!
Crape Myrtle Foundation Gives WNCAP $5,000 for Food Delivery
 
The Crape Myrtle Festival is a North Carolina non profit organization focused on the needs of the LGBTQ and HIV-positive community. To that end, they have once again supported WNCAP with an extremely generous $5,000 donation.
 
The money will support WNCAP's ongoing food delivery services that transport nutritious food and personal care items to people in need all over Western North Carolina. Thank you, Crape Myrtle Festival!
Bon Voyage!
Case Manager Chris Canada Smith Leaves WNCAP
 
Join us in saying farewell and congratulations to WNCAP Case Manager Chris Canada-Smith! Passionate, dedicated, and with a penchant for taking on the toughest of the tough cases, Chris has been an invaluable member of the WNCAP team for the past three years.
 
We will miss his compassion, skill, and love of coastal seafood. Good luck, Chris!
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