TAB RAISES A RECORD $170K IN 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6.14.19

The Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB) is delighted to announce 2019 as a RECORD YEAR of fundraising with over $170K to be distributed to beneficiary organizations in Colorado, Utah and Africa. To date, TAB has distributed over $2.7 million dollars to organizations in the local and global fight against HIV and AIDS.

TAB funds are primarily distributed to four organizations in Colorado and two in Africa, with an average of 85% of funding staying in Colorado. These funds are uniquely important to beneficiaries as the dollars are unencumbered by rules as to how they can be spent, unlike federal funding. Beneficiary organizations may then utilize funds in ways they deem necessary, often using them to fill the many gaps that exist for specific client needs. Examples include assistance with financial, housing, transportation, and nutrition needs, such as bus fare to/from doctor’s appointments, short-term housing solutions, and grocery cards. Filling in these gaps is key to client health, long-term success of medication and maintaining positive lifestyles for people living with HIV and AIDS.

“TAB funding has ensured that the clinic and orphanages have been able to keep our doors open.”     -Ed Hendrickson, Exec. Dir. Manzini Youth Care, Swaziland, Africa

“The unrestricted money we receive from TAB helps our organization operate smoothly, enables us to be innovative and helps us weather crisis without losing momentum.”                                                 –Misty Aaberg, Director Western Colorado AIDS Project, Grand Junction, Colorado

Telluride AIDS Benefit understands that testing is an indispensable tool in fighting the HIV epidemic. An individual newly infected is at the highest risk of transmitting the virus. If a person tests often and catches a positive HIV infection in its early stages, they may be less likely to transmit the virus. Testing positive for HIV instantly creates a link to appropriate care, and correct medications can decrease viral load to an “undetectable” level, which is considered untransmittable. Finally, easy access to HIV testing serves to decrease stigma around both the virus and testing.

In 2019, TAB expanded HIV testing by supporting free, rapid testing at Uncompahgre Medical Center in Norwood, Moab Free Clinic, Red Ribbon Project in Vail, and locally at the Telluride Medical Center. Telluride AIDS Benefit understands how education, prevention and decreasing stigma are essential to impacting change in the HIV epidemic and is dedicated to our local, regional and global partners in this effort.

“That it’s over. It’s only over for some people.” -Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, deputy commissioner for the Division of Disease Control/NYC when asked what he thought was the greatest misconception about H.I.V. today (source: New York Times)

TAB enters its 27th year with renewed excitement and dedication to our mission to FIGHT, FUND, EDUCATE. Join the TAB family at the AIDS Walk in Denver this summer, donate online or visit www.aidsbenefit.org for more information on Fashion Week 2020 and events throughout the year.

Media Contact: Jessica Galbo | Assistant Director | Telluride AIDS Benefit Email: jessica@aidsbenefit.org  PO Box 3819, 135 West Colorado Ave. 2B, Telluride, CO 81435