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Raffle prizes include two tickets and parking pass to the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators game on December 20, 2016.

Raffle sales available online beginning in September and at the event.

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SEASON OF CONCERN DISTRIBUTES $80,000 TO 16 CHICAGO-BASED AIDS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS IN 2016

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SEASON OF CONCERN DISTRIBUTES $80,000 TO 16 CHICAGO-BASED AIDS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS IN 2016

Season of Concern, the Chicagoland theatre community’s fundraising effort that provides compassionate care to people in our community who are experiencing the effects of catastrophic illness, is pleased to announce that they recently distributed a total of $80,000 to 16 Chicago-area AIDS service organizations. Grant awards are distributed annually and support a variety of essential programs and services for those in the Chicago community in need.

Season of Concern Board member, Richard Turner, chair of the Season of Concern Grants Committee, had this to say about this year’s grant recipients: “With many service providers delivering services while they struggle for financial support, Season of Concern is very pleased to be able to award these 16 grants. Our grants are modest, and we want the recipients to know that we recognize the depth and importance of their work.”

Season of Concern has awarded $5,000 to each of the following agencies:

Alexian Brothers, The Boulevard of Chicago,  CALOR,  The Care2Prevent program at The University of Chicago,  Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago,  Center on Halsted,  Chicago House and Social Service Agency,  The Chicago Women’s AIDS Project,  Children’s Place Association, Heartland Alliance,  Howard Brown Health,   Legal Council for Health Justice,   Open Door,  The Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative,  Sinai Health System and Test Positive Aware Network.

Since 1987, Season of Concern has distributed over $2.5 million to more than 35 different Chicago-based AIDS service organizations. Created by Chicago theatre artists to provide care for people in the theatre community living with AIDS-related illnesses, Season of Concern has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from generous artists and theatre patrons to benefit hundreds of people in the entertainment industry – actors, directors, designers, technicians, playwrights, stage managers – who are experiencing health-related emergencies and medical issues.

In addition, Season of Concern’s Biscotto-Miller Fund provides financial assistance to individuals in the Chicago theatre community who are experiencing a catastrophic illness or a health-related emergency or event, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS. The fund was created in 1985 to honor the memory of stage manager Tommy Biscotto and actor J. Pat Miller.  Season of Concern also gives sustaining support to the Chicago office of The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that helps entertainment and performing arts professionals in theatre, film, music, opera, television and dance through a broad spectrum of social, health, employment and housing programs that address their essential and critical needs. Funding provided by Season of Concern goes directly to the Chicago office of The Actors Fund Chicago, which oversees services for the entertainment community in Chicago and throughout the Midwest.

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PRESS CONTACT:
Frank Farrell Manager of Communication and Fund Raising Events
Season of Concern
frank@seasonofconcern.org
312-332-0518
www.SeasonofConcern.org

Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative Receives $19,000 From Chicago Foundation for Women

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CONTACT
Jamie Boban, Development Manager
312-334-0972
jamie@pacpi.org

PEDIATRIC AIDS CHICAGO PREVENTION INITIATIVE RECEIVES $19,000 FROM CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN

Chicago Foundation for Women awards more than half a million dollars to local nonprofit programs to improve women and girls’ access to health and health information, and ensure they remain free from violence.

WHAT:

  • Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI) was awarded $19,000 for their Perinatal Enhanced Case Management program from Chicago Foundation for Women’s Health portfolio.
  • The Spring 2016 cycle at Chicago Foundation for Women awarded $731,712 in grants to 67 Chicagoland programs.
  • One of three key issue areas for Chicago Foundation for Women, the Health portfolio works with leading nonprofit and community-centered programs to ensure women and girls have access to health information and quality health care.
  • PACPI’s Perinatal Enhanced Case Management program intends to help vulnerable pregnant women who are living with HIV to have healthy newborns who are HIV-negative and establish a strong connection to a system of care for each mother and infant pair.

WHO:

PACPI works to eliminate pediatric AIDS and reduce transmission of the virus from mothers to their children in Illinois. PACPI collaborates with community-based organizations and public and private institutions to create a Safety Net of Prevention so that no pregnant woman living with HIV or infant exposed to HIV falls through the cracks for care and treatment. Learn more at www.pregnantandpositive.org.

BACKGROUND:

About Chicago Foundation for Women: Chicago Foundation for Women is a grant making organization dedicated to increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls in the greater Chicago area. To support its philanthropy, the Foundation promotes increased investment in women and girls, raises awareness about their issues and potential, and develops them as leaders and philanthropists. Learn more at www.cfw.org.

Take a stand for PACPI

More than 9 months without a state budget, PACPI continues to serve families in need despite non-payment of contracted services

PACPI has signed contracts with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) totaling more than $848,000 for high-impact treatment and prevention services for pregnant mothers with HIV.

IDPH has been a supporter of perinatal HIV prevention services for the state and has been a main source of funding for these vital programs. However, state dollars are being held hostage by our state’s leaders and this is impacting the most vulnerable women and children in our state.

If the state does not pay for these services, PACPI may have no choice but to end our programs.


PACPI executive director Anne Statton stated during an interview on Fox 32 Chicago, “[PACPI] can’t turn away women today while we still have a dollar in the bank.”

PACPI board, staff, and volunteers are fighting to continue our vital services. While we are being conservative with funds, we have had to make some cuts to our programs.

Our board of directors is dedicated to fundraising and refreshing our strategic direction, currently working on new growth strategies for future impact on Illinois women and children.


When women with HIV are connected to care, adhering to their antiretroviral regimen, and using formula, perinatal transmission risk is less than 1%, compared to 25% if the mother is not in proper treatment.[1]

Q: What makes the difference between less than 1 baby in 100 being born with HIV and 1 in 4 babies born with HIV?
A: Access to medical care, education, and social service support.

PACPI has a 99% success rate in preventing HIV transmission by working with women during and after pregnancy to access care. So far, there are no confirmed cases of perinatal HIV transmission in Illinois for 2015.

Without PACPI services, vulnerable pregnant women may transmit HIV to their infants.

All PACPI clients are low-income and 80% are African-American, a community where HIV is an epidemic. By failing to support these services, the state is ensuring that the epidemic continues.


The estimated lifetime costs of treating a child born with HIV is estimated at over $1 million. By preventing HIV transmission to an infant, PACPI helps save the state upwards of $35 million in lifetime costs of treatment each year.

PACPI services address additional conditions that complicate pregnancy and motherhood including mental illness, substance use, homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, refugee or asylee status, current or previous incarceration, child welfare involvement, and other illnesses.

The programs include enhanced case managementthe 24/7 statewide Hotline, and statewide rapid HIV testing implementation. These services are part of the CDC-commended Safety Net of Perinatal HIV Prevention in Illinois.


Take a stand for PACPI. Use your voice to save vulnerable children and families.

  1. Tell your representative that PACPI’s work is valuable to the whole state and is an investment to save lives and prevent further expenses to our health and social services system.
  2. Tell the Governor and your lawmaker to pass a responsible budget with revenue to serve Illinois citizens, not just the wealthy.

[1] CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, 2007.

PACPI is Hiring: Bilingual Perinatal Enhanced Case Manager

PACPI is hiring a bilingual Spanish Perinatal Enhanced Case Manager through the University of Chicago.

Please use this link to view the job description and to apply for the position. Requisition Number: 100095

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

PACPI Fall Social!

We admiringly thank all the guests who came out to support PACPI programs and play arcade games at the PACPI Fall Social. Even if you lost all your lives, were eaten, shot down, or terminated, it was a fun time!

Thank you to Emporium Arcade Bar for warmly welcoming PACPI and providing a raffle prize. We also thank our other raffle donors: T. and Eva Powell, Amy’s Candy Bar, Hoosier Mama Pie Company, Piece Pizzeria and Brewery, and Aloha Eats.

Total raised is over $2,400! This is our first bar event and we’re grateful for the community support. PACPI is reaching out to expand our local and regional funding for women and children we serve.Social pic stitch

Raffle Winners are:
Abigail S. – Blackhawks Tickets package
Smith T. – Emporium bonanza
Edwina R. – Wine basket
Daniel J. – Hoosier Mama gift certificate
Sally K. – Amy’s Candy Bar basket

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Team PACPI exceeds $10,000 goal in AIDS Run & Walk

With a goal of raising $10,000 and recruiting 30 team members, all of us at PACPI are thrilled that our team of 42 members helped raise more than $12,800 for this year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago!

You helped us raise 128% of our goal – we could not have done this without our team members and generous donors, thank you!

Cuts and proposed cuts to the state budget in addition to the budget impasse are making it increasingly important for PACPI to reach out to private donors like you and strengthen our foundation so we can continue to serve women and families in Illinois.

The Team Donation page is open through October 31 so get in your final donations soon!

PACPI team starting walk

Team PACPI starting walk

This event helps PACPI raise money to keep our programs going so we continue to serve pregnant and postpartum women living with HIV who have few resources and need access to care to manage their HIV diagnosis during and after pregnancy. Our programs have proven results to prevent perinatal HIV transmission.

Helping women establish a connection to care helps decrease HIV transmission to their child and any future children or partners. Treatment and care can reduce the risk of perinatal HIV transmission to less than 2%, which rocks!

See more photos on our Facebook page.

PACPI Mourns Susan Gevirtz

PACPI is saddened by the loss of one of our founding mothers. Susan Ruth Gevirtz was a founding member of Pediatric AIDS Chicago (PAC), the organization that created the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative.

Susan served many years as a member of PAC and ultimately became president of the organization. Susan was passionate about the work that PAC and PACPI undertook to help prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies.

Susan was a dedicated volunteer, a passionate fundraiser, and most importantly, a model mother to both her children and her community. Susan’s vision lives on in PACPI’s work.

Our thoughts are with the Gevirtz family and all her loved ones.

A memory or condolence can be shared on her legacy page.