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New Film About AIDS Epidemic Sweeps Asheville
 
A new film about the AIDS epidemic is now playing for a limited time at the Grail Moviehouse in Asheville. The film - BPM (Beats Per Minute) - was a sensation at last year's Cannes Film Festival, winning the coveted Grand Prix prize. It is now playing for a limited time at the Grail Moviehouse in downtown Asheville. WNCAP has partnered with the Grail to provide an exhibit featuring resources and pieces of HIV history, including an original ACT UP tee shirt.
 
BPM takes place in the midst of the AIDS crisis in Paris in the early 1990s. It follows a group of young activists who get involved with ACT UP to protest government agencies and pharmaceutical companies. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.  
 
 
WNCAP was happy to provide a table of HIV resources and history to sit outside the theatre during the run of BPM. The combination of an old ACT UP tee shirt (courtesy of WNCAP Prevention Educator Michael Harney) and present-day flyers and condoms shows that even as we honor our HIV history, we realize that HIV is still a present threat requiring our advocacy.
Rest In Power
Pioneering HIV/AIDS Physician Passes Away
 
Dr. Mathilde Krim, a pioneer in HIV medical research and the founding chairwoman of amFAR, passed away on January 15th. She was 91. 
 
Dr. Krim was instrumental in helping to de-stigmatize people living with HIV/AIDS during the worst days of the epidemic. Krim grew up in Switzerland during the second World War and said she saw parallels between how Jews were perceived during the Nazi occupation and how gay men were treated during the AIDS crisis. An accomplished research physician, Krim utilized her wide circle of influential friends to raise money and awareness about the growing epidemic.
 
 
In response to a sluggish public health bureaucracy, Dr. Krim and a small circle of other activists founded amFAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research (now called the Foundation for AIDS Research). Dr. Krim was amFAR's Founding Chairman, and Elizabeth Taylor became its first International Chairman. A host of other celebrities, including Warren Beatty and Woody Allen, would later lend their star power to help mobilize resources for AIDS research.
 
Dr. Krim is survived by her daughter, Daphna Krim; two grandchildren; and a sister, Maria Jonzier. Her husband, Arthur Krim, died in 1994.
Connecting Communities
WNCAP to Participate in Asheville Junior League Expo
 
 
WNCAP will be one of over 50 non profit organizations represented at the Junior League of Asheville's Volunteer Expo on Saturday, February 3rd. The Volunteer Expo will take place at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center from 10am-4pm.
 
Modeled after a job fair, the Volunteer Expo is an opportunity for residents of Western North Carolina to learn about local nonprofits, their volunteer needs, and other ways to support these organizations. The Junior League has partnered with over 50 local nonprofits, including organizations that specialize in addressing health, poverty, legal aid, environmental stewardship, women’s issues, arts, civic leadership, technology, education, and animal welfare.
 
In addition to learning about local nonprofit organizations and exploring volunteer opportunities with these organizations, Volunteer Expo attendees can attend four educational panels centered around the theme, “How Do You Serve?” The panels will provide insight into direct, government and board service.
 
WNCAP is looking for volunteers to help supervise our table at the Expo, offering information about WNCAP and Dining Out For Life 2018 in a fun community environment. Shifts are available from 10am-12pm and from 12pm-2pm. Lunch will be provided by the Junior League. If you would like to volunteer, please contact WNCAP Community Resource Coordinator Chris Winebrenner at wncapvolunteer@wncap.org or (828) 252-7489 ext. 315.
Save the Date
Dining Out For Life 2018 is on Thursday, April 26
 
Mark your calendars! The 16th annual Dining Out For Life® is on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
 
Dining Out For Life® is a region-wide day of fundraising for HIV/AIDS when many of the finest restaurants in WNC agree to donate 20% of their gross sales to WNCAP. You can do your part by simply dining out for breakfast, lunch or dinner or all three. 
 
One of the best ways you can participate in DOFL is to volunteer as a Restaurant Ambassador. Ambassadors serve as “meet and greet” hosts at a chosen Dining Out For Life® restaurant.  Your number one job as an Ambassador is to fill your restaurant with friends, co-workers, relatives, clients, etc. It’s a great way to socialize with those important business contacts and friends and raise much-needed funds for HIV care and prevention at the same time. You will be distributing drawing/donation envelopes that give diners an opportunity to win one of several great prizes.
 
If you would like more information about becoming a DOFL Restaurant Ambassador, please contact WNCAP Community Resource Coordinator Chris Winebrenner at wncapvolunteer@wncap.org or (828) 252-7489 ext. 315.

 

Let Freedom Ring
National Freedom Day is February 1
 
National Freedom Day, which falls on the first day of Black History Month, honors the signing of a resolution that proposed the 13th Amendment in 1865. President Abraham Lincoln signed the resolution to outlaw slavery in the United States.
 
Major Richard Robert Wright Senior, a former slave who founded the National Freedom Day Association, played a crucial role in creating the observance. Major Wright was deemed as a community leader in Philadelphia and was active in education, the media, business and politics. He hoped to see a day that would be dedicated to celebrating freedom for all Americans.
 
#NationalFreedomDay
Global Health
World Cancer Day is February 4
 
World Cancer Day 2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.
 
Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.
 
World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.
 
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