Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Two Important Fundraisers This Coming Weekend

The “Treasures for TIHAN” benefit auction, Saturday, May 3, 6:30 p.m., at the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way, one of the year's largest events in the LGBT and HIV communities, will bring people together for a special evening of great music, fantastic food, and wonderful auction items to raise funds to support TIHAN's (Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network) programs and services.

For more than 13 years, TIHAN (the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network) has been at the forefront of a compassionate response to the AIDS crisis. TIHAN is a coalition of faith communities committed to a compassionate response to AIDS. Last year, TIHAN served 270 people living with HIV/AIDS, provided AIDS education to more than 2,500 adults and youth, and served over 1,400 meals at Poz Cafe, a monthly lunch program for people living with HIV. When there is a need in our community, we pull together and help. There is a need now. Come out and support TIHAN’s work and have a great evening among friends.

Come out and support the event and have a great time and be the winning bidder on some great items. Tickets are available in advance for $65 (or $75 on the day of the event) and can be purchased online at or by calling (520) 299-6647. Also, raffle tickets are now on sale for a chance to win $1,000 cash – get 5 chances for only $20, or 15 chances for $50. A huge collection items to be auctioned feature original art, trips and travel, sports and memorabilia, home and garden, health and beauty, celebrity items, and gift certificates for fine dining and services. Trips to be auctioned include Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii, Santa Fe, Rocky Point, great artwork, gift certificates for dining or events, fine wine, rugs and textiles, and much more. ...

Tickets for the 21st Annual Reno Gannon Memorial Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza and Benefit Auction are $20 and are on sale at Woody’s and the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF). The celebration takes place at Woody’s, 3710 N Oracle Rd, Sunday, May 4, starting at 2:00 p.m. and you are invited!

All proceeds benefit the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), an AIDS service organization in southern Arizona providing case management and support services to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and prevention programs to reduce the rate of infection in our local community.

In 1987, Reno Gannon, a bartender at Tucson bar Rumor Hazzit, returned from a vacation in Mexico with an exciting new idea for a fundraising event. The concept? Jell-O wrestling! Reno spoke with Rumor Hazzitt owner Bruce Peg and his management staff of Peter Sitig and Michael Bennett about putting on the event as a fundraiser to help people living with HIV/AIDS. Bruce, Peter, and Michael liked the idea and organized the first Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza in 1987. Shanti, one of the 3 local AIDS Service Organizations that would later merge to form the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), was the recipient of event proceeds. Reno was an energetic, fun-loving, intelligent man in his early 20s when he brought this idea to the community. Committed to doing something to help, he and the owners and management of Rumor Hazzit made the event a reality. At age 23, Reno died from AIDS. The year following his death, the event became a memorial to him. Reno's legacy of hope and dedication to raising public awareness about HIV/AIDS continues through this wonderful event. In the past 9 years alone, Jell-O Wrestling has raised more than $210,000 for the programs and services of SAAF.

For more information on wrestling, raffle, or entrance to the party visit or contact Jess at (520) 628-7223 or

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