Saturday, September 26, 2009

Seasons Of Concern

Join Season of Concern's Team in the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago one week from today to fight complacency and support HIV/AIDS efforts in Chicagoland - - or if you are not available to participate, sponsor me!

Season of Concern, the Chicagoland theatre community's fundraising effort providing compassionate care to those in our community who are experiencing the effects of HIV/AIDS and other catastrophic illnesses, is proudly sponsoring a team in the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on October 3rd.

And once again this year, Season of Concern will receive 100% of all funds raised through our team!

By participating in the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Season of Concern's Team, 100% of the funds raised through your pledges will go directly to Season of Concern - - that includes registration fees and matching gifts!

As a longtime supporter of Season of Concern, you know that we contribute to programs that provide direct-care support to members of the theatre community and others in the Chicago area. Since 1988, funds have been raised through generous gifts from theatre artists, staffs, boards and audiences. Funds supported include The Actors Fund and The Biscotto-Miller Fund, SOC's internal fund which provides personal financial support, housing care, meals, medications, legal assistance and a variety of other services to theatre community members in need.

Since it was founded in 2001, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has netted over $2 million to battle the epidemic. By walking or running for Season of Concern's Team, you can continue your incredible support of our mission knowing that we will receive 100% of the funds raised through your pledges! Or if you are not available to participate in the AIDS Run/Walk Chicago, you can sponsor me, another member of Season of Concern's Team or the Team itself! Every single dollar raised by our Team will go directly to Season of Concern.

I hope that you will consider participating in the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago as a member of Season of Concern's Team or that you will sponsor one of our Team Members. Last year, SOC had two teams participating - - our own team and a team from Chicago's WICKED & JERSEY BOYS! The two teams combined to blow our $10,000 goal out of the water with over $20,000 raised!

That's our goal for this year's team - - $20,000. As of today, we've raised just over $5,000. We need your help to make our goal!

To join Season of Concern's Team, simply click the "Click here to register" link below and complete the New Participant Registration. Then, click on "Join an Existing Team" and search for "Season of Concern" under Team Name. After that, simply follow the prompts to set your personal fundraising goal, register as a walker or runner, pay your registration fee ($25 - - and all $25 goes directly to Season of Concern!) and begin your fundraising!

Your help is greatly needed. This year, on June 6, 2009, the world marked the 28th anniversary since the discovery of the virus that came to be known as AIDS. Even though medical advancements have changed AIDS from a death sentence to a chronic disease, we are still without a vaccine or a cure. In fact, the CDC projects that each year nearly 60,000 Americans become infected with HIV disproportionately impacting young minority communities and young gay males. With this, the need for sound and effective HIV/AIDS prevention, service, and policy programs are more critical than ever before.

With your help, I know that Season of Concern can accomplish our fundraising goal of $25,000 in pledges. Thank you so much for your support and your generosity!

Click here to donate.
(Tell 'em The Lisp sent ya.)


  1. Thank you so much for posting this. And many thanks for sponsoring me in the AIDS Walk. You're the best!

    I owe you one. Or two. Take it out in trade? :)

  2. You're welcome, gorgeous!
    hmmm...i'll think about what i want!


you better make this good.


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