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Mad for Mod Friendraiser – June 2, 2011

Monday, May 9th, 2011

mfm_fullCalling all “Mad Men” fans and design afficionados! On Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 ARCS returns to 11 Tallwoods Road in Armonk, NY–the home of self-proclaimed “Mod Men” Andrew Mandolene and Todd Goddard, for our second annual cocktail friendraiser. This year’s theme is “Mad for Mod” and will feature hors d’oeuvre by Myong Catering in Mount Kisco, fine wines and brews, and a specialty cocktail by mixologist Bob Brink. Wear your best “Jet-Set Casual” attire as we raise a glass to ARCS’ newest programs, our expanded young gay men’s outreach services, our new legal services program, and our housing assistance program. The party begins at 6 pm and lasts until 8 pm. Suggested donation of $20 at the door. Please RSVP as soon as possible, as space is limited. Reserve your spot on the patio overlooking a trickling waterfall today by calling 914-785-8283 or emailing

Ulster Co. Pre-Registration Party for Hudson Valley AIDS Walk Cancelled

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Unfortunately, some facilities issues at Gunk Haus in Clintondale have forced us to cancel our pre-registration party for the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk tonight Thursday May 5, 2011. Walkers may register in person at the Walkway Over the Hudson’s Highland entrance on Saturday, May 7th beginning at 10:00 am instead. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. We want our Ulster County supporters to know that we appreciate their support for the 19th Annual Hudson Valley AIDS Walk. Please call (914) 785-8326 with any issues or questions regarding the AIDS Walk on Saturday.

Night Out at the Museum: New Videos Online!

Friday, April 15th, 2011 threw a “Night Out at the Museum” on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at the Frances Lehman-Loeb Art Center on the campus of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie to celebrate their re-opening after renovations, and to raise awareness for the upcoming Hudson Valley AIDS Walk on May 7th. Babycakes Cafe (a Dining Out for Life participating restaurant) provided an array of fruits and cheese, while on-campus acapella group the Vastards performed their gleeful renditions of pop hits. Nicole Roylance, Coordinator of Public Education and Information for the Frances Lehman-Loeb Art Center, took a few moments to talk with us about the Center’s Keith Haring silkscreens. Nicole kindly loaded their Keith Haring silkscreen works onto a digital display, due to the size of each silkscreen, to bring a greater sense of connection to the AIDS Walk for this one night. In this short video, she shares the connection now forged between the Lehman-Loeb Art Center and ARCS.

Check out ARCS’ YouTube channel to see these videos!

Photos from Drag Brunch at Gunk Haus

Monday, April 11th, 2011
Guests enjoyed delicious brunch fare like this fruit-topped waffle.

Guests enjoyed delicious brunch fare like this fruit-topped waffle.

Our sold-out Drag Brunch took place at Gunk Haus restaurant in Clintondale, NY on Sunday, April 10, 2011. Over 75 guests enjoyed classic brunch entrees with a German twist while DJ John Martin from Superior Sounds provided upbeat music. Hudson Valley “girl about town” Trixie Starr served as our hostess, and JoJo Gerard reinterpreted classic songs from yesteryear. The Gunk Haus staff kept on their toes (in lederhosen and kilts, no less) and helped us raise approximately $1,000 for ARCS’ programs and services. Funds will go toward the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk on May 7th.

We are grateful to our volunteers and donors: Dirk and Elizabeth from Gunk Haus, Trixie Starr, JoJo Gerard, John Martin, Marquis Evans, Jana Fernandes, Ellen Maher, Eclectic Studios Hair Salon, the Hotel Sierra, Lydia Higginson, Verizon, Dick Wilde,, Billiam van Roestenberg, and everyone who attended this fantastic, fun event.

Photos by Dick Wilde

Tim Lawton, Rob Conlon, Todd Michael Thomas, and Michael Hall raise a toast to ARCS.

Tim Lawton, Rob Conlon, Todd Michael Thomas, and Michael Hall raise a toast to ARCS.Trixie Starr

Marquis Evans from Superior Sounds takes a break for brunch.

Marquis Evans from Superior Sounds takes a break for brunch.

Bob Brink of Beacon

Bob Brink of Beacon

Brian Kelly, Ryan Judge and Stephan Hengst

Brian Kelly, Ryan Judge and Stephan Hengst

Ellen Maher, ARCS' Community Relations Manager

Ellen Maher, ARCS’ Community Relations Manager

J. Dewey, ARCS' Director of Public Relations, with Trixie Starr, glamorous hostess

J. Dewey, ARCS’ Director of Public Relations, with Trixie Starr, glamorous hostess

James, Gunk Haus' kilted server

James, Gunk Haus’ kilted server

Jeff Kraus, ARCS' Executive Director, addresses the crowd

Jeff Kraus, ARCS’ Executive Director, addresses the crowd

John Martin and Marquis Evans from Superior Sounds

John Martin and Marquis Evans from Superior Sounds

JoJo Gerard gave three stellar performances at Drag Brunch

JoJo Gerard gave three stellar performances at Drag Brunch

Patrick Decker and Stephan Hengst of

Patrick Decker and Stephan Hengst of BigGayHudsonValley.

Join us for the Dining Out for Life Kick-Off at Cosimo's!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Mid-Hudson Subaru and AIDS-Related Community Services (ARCS) cordially invite you to our Dining Out for Life Kick-Off Reception on Thursday, April 21st at Cosimo’s in Poughkeepsie from 5 to 7 pm.

Celebrate the return of this restaurant-based fundraiser as we raise a toast to our volunteers, donors and sponsors! Cosimo’s is providing complimentary hors d’oeuvre in their lounge. Cash bar available.

Please RSVP on Facebook, email or call (914) 785-8283.

More about Dining Out for Life:
The Kick-Off takes place on week before Dining Out for Life on Thursday, April 28th. Make your reservations at participating restaurants today! Visit or for a list of participating restaurants. You can also text “DOFLHV” to 30364 (standard messaging rates apply).

Cosimo’s is just one of the restaurants participating in this international event. Dining Out for Life is brought to you locally by Mid-Hudson Subaru (, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Valley Table,,, Cellit and Delafield’s.

Drag Brunch at the Gunk Haus!

Friday, March 18th, 2011


dragbrunch_frontEnjoy an April shower of frivolity as  Gunk Haus, a German gastropub in Clintondale, NY hosts “Drag Brunch” on Sunday, April 10th from 11 am to 5 pm to benefit ARCS. For $20, you’ll have your choice of breakfast entrees, coffee, pastries, fruit and a mimosa, and Gunk Haus donates $10 of your meal to ARCS. Hudson Valley favorite Trixie Starr brings her cavalcade of games, fun and surprises, JoJo Gerard imports a bit of Fire Island fire, while Ophelia Nightly performs a few songs along with a special “mystery guest”. Additional music and sound provided by Superior Sounds. Make your reservations today by calling (845) 883-0866 or email

Performances between 12 and 2 pm but brunch services lasts from 11 am to 5 pm. Proceeds will go toward the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk.

The Gunk Haus is located at 387 South Street in Clintondale (but if you’re searching on Google Maps, enter the town of Highland, NY 12528 instead).

Trixie Starr keeps it classy.

Trixie Starr keeps it classy.

Ophelia Nightly

Ophelia Nightly

JoJo Gerard

JoJo Gerard

Hudson Valley AIDS Walk: The XtraNormal Commercial

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
Jamie fills Terry in on this year's Hudson Valley AIDS Walk

Jamie fills Terry in on this year's Hudson Valley AIDS Walk

Our first commercial for the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk is here! Check out this Q & A between two friends created in the super-easy, text-to-movie XtraNormal format. (Hey, if GEICO can do it, why can’t we?)

Help us spread the word about the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk on Saturday, May 7th on the Walkway Over the Hudson by pasting this link on your Facebook wall or blog, or send it out by email to friends and family that would like to know more about the Walk.

Jamie & Terry on: the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk

And you can even “remix” this commercial or make your own HVAW promo on!

Unexpressed: In and Out of Love, a Valentine's "Or Not So" Cabaret

Friday, January 14th, 2011



ARCS would like to express our thanks to Todd Michael Thomas, musical director Jon Breitenbach and Jim and Patrick from Chill Wine Bar for pulling this event together! With over 50 guests in the audience, we raised more than $1,000 for the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk. Check out a few videos from the performance on our YouTube channel if you missed it!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Chill Wine Bar, ARCS and Todd Michael Thomas invite you to an evening of love…well, some love and some not-so-full-of-love songs, and some that have nothing to do with Valentine’s Day at all (but the word ‘love’ may pop up in the lyrics). With music direction by Jon Breitenbach.

ARCS will be there at 7 pm, but Chill opens at 5 pm
Show Begins at 8PM
$20 Suggested Donation at the door
All proceeds go to benefit the 2011 Hudson Valley AIDS Walk and ARCS.

Chill is located at 173 Main Street in downtown Beacon. Look for the blue lanterns in the window!

Jumpstart your Hudson Valley AIDS Walk fundraising now!

Friday, January 7th, 2011

That’s right, folks! The Hudson Valley AIDS Walk steps off in just five months from today on Saturday, May 7, 2011 on the Walkway Over the Hudson. This year you’ll be able to register at either the Highland or Poughkeepsie side of the river and enjoy a scenic high-in-the-sky 2.5-mile walk to raise funds and awareness for the local fight against HIV/AIDS. All monies raised stay HERE in the Hudson Valley to help the 3,000+ neighbors that ARCS serves each year. Remember to WALK LOCAL FIRST!

Walk-Local-FirstJump-start your fundraising for the Walk by creating your online “walk envelope” using Just go to to get started. From there you can link your Firstgiving page to your Facebook profile, send emails to those you know, and download widgets for your website or blog. It’s easy, quick and secure for friends and family donating to your envelope!

We’d also like to welcome Diversified Investment Advisors as a Bronze Level Sponsor once again, and Orient, the new nightclub in Poughkeepsie, has agreed to host the official Walk After-party. Thanks to all of our sponsors!

For all the latest on the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk, visit often! We’ll have lots more news for you in the coming weeks!

Special Events News for 2011

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Happy New Year! We are excited to unveil a completely revised schedule of special events for 2011. Long-time ARCS supporters may have noticed that ARCS did not hold its annual Hudson Valley AIDS Walk this fall; instead, we’re bringing you a variety of smaller events for the remainder of this year.

A Fresh Step for the AIDS Walk
ARCS’ signature community event, the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk, has been moved to the springtime! The next Walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2011 along the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie—or Highland. (Actually, it’s both, since the Walkway connects Dutchess and Ulster counties, symbolizing what we do here at ARCS.) The newly-revised AIDS Walk will feature a variety of walk routes for those looking for more of a challenge, plus a special ceremony at the Walkway’s center. A volunteer organizing committee is already hard at work on plans (in addition to creating our Halloween Spooktacular as a fill-in for this fall). Keep your eyes and ears open for more details on the new Hudson Valley AIDS Walk!

Raise Your Fork, Raise Funds for ARCS
We’re also thrilled to announce that ARCS will be participating once again in Dining Out for Life, an international HIV/AIDS fundraising event on Thursday, April 28, 2011. Restaurants in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties will be donating 25% to 50% of your meal costs to ARCS, so the more diners they have (and the more you eat and drink), the more funds we raise! Ambassadors will be on hand in each participating restaurant to inform diners about ARCS’ services and to sign you up for special raffles and prize giveaways! Dining Out for Life is sponsored by Subaru of the Mid-Hudson in Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County Tourism, and Mark your calendars now and get ready to dine for life!

Charity Ball Moves to the Fall
Our final switch-up involves our long-running Charity Ball, formerly the “Hearts for ARCS” Valentine’s Ball. With such a heavy spring line-up, we’ve moved our annual gala to harvest time instead. Get ready to dance, dine and bid on fine auction items on November 5, 2011—and we’re moving to a new location too! The next Charity Ball will be held at Whitby Castle in Rye, a fairytale castle on Long Island Sound. This elegant event will still feature our silent auction, energetic dancing, live entertainment, delicious cuisine and our honorary award ceremony.

Get involved! Each of these three special events requires months of planning by a team of volunteers. Join one of our organizing committees by contacting J. Dewey at (914) 785-8326 or