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Time's Running Out To Become A DOFL Ambassador
 
Time is running out to volunteer as an Ambassado" for Dining Out For Life. Some of the hottest restaurants in downtown Asheville are still available, including Curate, Cucina 24, Laughing Seed Cafe, Mayfel's, Mellow Mushroom, Posana, White Duck Taco Shop, and many more. See the full list of available restaurants here.
 
On Thursday, April 26, over 100 restaurants in Western North Carolina will donate 20% of their proceeds to WNCAP for HIV Prevention and Care. Diners also have an opportunity to give an additional donation to WNCAP and to enter a raffle for three grand prizes. As a matter of fact, the majority of support that WNCAP receives on Dining Out For Life comes from these individual donations. And that's why Ambassadors are so important.
 
 
As an Ambassador, your job is to help fill your Participating Restaurant with as many friends, family, neighbors and colleagues that you can contact. Then, on the day of the event, you will greet diners to explain the purpose of Dining Out For Life and inquire if they would like to provide additional support and enter the raffle. These interactions are critical to the success of the event. Not to mention that being an Ambassador is a fun and unique way of giving back to your local community and "hosting" your friends at your favorite restaurant.
 
Slots for DOFL Ambassadors are filling up fast, so be sure to check out the list of available "shifts" today. You can also email Chris at wncapvolunteer@wncap.org or call (828) 252-7489 ext. 315 for additional information.
Speaking Truth To Power
WNCAP Lobbies Congress for Pro-HIV Policies
 
A delegation of WNCAP staff and volunteers travelled to Washington, D.C. on March 26-27 for AIDSWatch, the annual HIV Advocacy Day presented by The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
 
AIDSWatch is a gathering of hundreds of people living with HIV and their allies to meet with members of Congress and to educate them about the important issues at stake for people living with HIV/AIDS. AIDSWatch is organized by AIDS United, the Treatment Access Expansion Project, and the US People Living With HIV Caucus. This year was the 25th Anniversary of the event.
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Monday, March 26, the WNCAP team participated in lectures and group discussions to learn more about issues such as HIV in the South, HIV Criminalization Laws, Trans HIV Advocacy, and Sex Worker Advocacy. In the evening, WNCAP attended a reception honoring leaders in the HIV movement, including noted trans activist Cecilia Chung (pictured left) and openly gay Pennsylvania State Senator Brian Sims (pictured right).
 
 
On Tuesday, March 27, AIDSWatch stormed Capitol Hill to speak truth to power. In the morning, attendees held a rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol to get fired up and ready to go. Then, the North Carolina delegation, which was the second-largest statewide cohort at AIDSWatch, met with staffers for North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr. In the afternoon, the WNCAP team split off to visit the offices of two Representatives whose districts overlap with the WNCAP service area: Reps. Mark Meadows and Patrick McHenry. In all four meetings, the WNCAP delegation helped educate Congressional offices about U=U, the 340(b) pharmacy program, syringe exchange programs, and other vital HIV-related policy issues.
 
WNCAP is proud to advocate for Western North Carolina on the local, state, and federal level. In 1986, the World Health Organization issued a statement that said: "People cannot achieve their full health potential unless they are able to take control of those things which determine their health." it is almost impossible to give people control over their health without sustained and focused political advocacy. That's why AIDSWatch matters, 25 years on.
Signature Piece Competition
Mark Your Calendars: Signature Piece Competition Deadline is June 1st
 
 
Calling all NC Artists! It's that time of year again: time to begin working on your submission to the WNCAP Signature Piece Competition for the Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala this September. Last year, artist Linda Gritta (pictured above) took home the grand prize for her gorgeous and evocative piece, "Red Is Feeling Brave". This year, the deadline for submissions will be Friday, June 1st, 2018.
 
The Signature Piece 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.
 
Entering the Signature Piece Competition is an excellent opportunity for artists to receive widespread recognition for their work as well as to give to a great cause. All proceeds from the Auction, including the Signature Piece, go to HIV Prevention & Care in Western North Carolina. For more information about the Signature Piece, check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact Randy at randy@wncap.org.
 
Knowledge Is Power
WNCAP To Hold HIV Testing Event at O.Henry's on Friday, April 6
 
On the first Friday of every month, Michael "The Rubberman" Harney will be administering HIV tests at O.Henry's, the iconic Asheville gay bar.
 
This month, the Testing Event will take place on Friday, April 6, from 7pm-10pm. The test is free, fast, and friendly. Do a favor for your body - get tested!
The Cat's Meow
WNCAP Client Seeks Forever Home for Adorable Cat "Howard"
 
Meet Howard the Cat. He's 3 months old, loves to play, and needs a forever home. Right now, he lives with a WNCAP client who loves Howard desperately but cannot afford to continue to take care of him. If you or anyone you know is interested in an adorable and friendly kitten, contact Norma at norma@wncap.org or (828) 367-8714.
 
 
Young & Proud
National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is April 10
 
National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is on April 10. The day serves as an opportunity to acknowledge and address the unique needs of young people who are living with or are at risk of HIV. 
 
According to the CDC, more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses are for youth aged 13 to 24. The vast majority of these people are men who have sex with men and people of color.
 
NYHAAD provides a yearly occasion to fight stigma, promote testing and treatment, and hold our leaders accountable for investing in an AIDS-free generation. 
 
#NYHAAD
Save the Date
World Hemophilia Day is April 17
 
World Hemophilia Day is an international observance held annually on April 17 by the World Federation of Hemophilia. It is an awareness day for hemophilia and other bleeding disorders which also serves as an event to raise funds and attract volunteers for the WFH.
 
Hemophilia became intertwined with HIV/AIDS in the 1970s and 80s, when nearly half of all hemophiliacs contracted HIV. Due to the nature of the disease, massive blood transfusions are frequently required, and this provided an opportunity for HIV to infect thousands of people. Since the late 1980s, virtually zero hemophiliacs have contracted HIV in the United States via blood transfusion.
 
World Hemophilia Day was first celebrated in 1989. The date April 17 was chosen to mark the birthday of Frank Schnabel, a Montreal businessman who became a prominent hemophilia activist in the 1960s.
 
#WHD2018
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