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Save The Date For The Most Important Meal 2023

Friday, July 28th, 2023

Mark your calendar for the 2023 edition of our signature fundraising breakfast, The Most Important Meal!

Please join us at the Fishkill Recreation Center on Route 52 in Fishkill on Sunday, October 22, 2023 for a cereal buffet, fun family activities, raffles, music and a rousing good time.

The Most Important Meal raises funds for our emergency food closet program, which distributed four tons of nonperishable food, toiletries and household cleansers to clients in need in 2022.

Save the date and watch for more news as the season progresses! Visit the Most Important Meal page for more info.

The Most Important Meal 2023 is sponsored by Hudson Valley Credit Union, Hudson Valley Kitchen Design Center, Nuvance Health, The Crafted Kup, Superior Sounds Events, and Kelly's Bakery.

New York State Offers Free Home HIV Test Kits For December

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

Knowing your HIV status is important for your health. It’s also important for ending the HIV epidemic. New York State wants you to get tested for HIV. Now through the end of December, you can request a FREE HIV test you can take in the privacy of your own home. Think of it as a holiday gift from the state’s Department of Health!

Visit this link to take the eligibility quiz. You can also text the word TEXT to 40457.

Why wait? Start off 2023 knowing your HIV status.

Got questions about HIV? Contact us or call/text (845) 704-7624.

Transportation Program For HIV+ Individuals

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Transportation program info

New Podcast Episode: Condoms

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

HVCS’ Peer Health Alliance or PHA podcast is fun, open conversation about reducing the risk of sexually transmitted infections and overall sexual health tips for young men ages 13-29 in the LGBTQ community and anyone who wants to know more about staying safe when it comes to sex.

In this episode Steph, Naomi & Andy talk about condoms, condom flavors, lube and more.

Subscribe and listen to more episodes on Spotify, iTunes, your favorite podcast app, or the web.

Building A Healthier Hudson Valley: Louis’ Story

Monday, May 15th, 2017

formal dressesHVCS isn’t afraid to have tough conversations. We shine a light on problems that thrive in the darkness. That’s only one of the tools we can use to bring new HIV infections to zero because of the support we have received from you. You have also inspired us to be the strongest of advocates in preventing HIV/AIDS.  That is why we would like to share with you Louis’ story – one that your support has made possible.

Louis is twenty-four, has one more year of grad school, identifies as gay and is, by all outward appearances, happy and successful. Yet sometimes he doesn’t feel like he’s got it all together—he copes with low self-esteem and anxiety. He has a supportive family but feels like he’s not attractive or smart enough and worries about the future. Sometimes in social situations he relies on “liquid courage”—he has a few drinks. He wants a long-term commitment (and, one day, a husband) but knows that as a young gay man he’s at higher risk for HIV infection. The things he did to feel better about himself, like going out and drinking, only made things worse. “It felt like the odds were stacked against me,” he said. “I felt pretty hopeless and scared.”

Until he came in for a free HIV test offered our INFORM program, which specializes in HIV prevention for men who have sex with men.  The INFORM specialist told him that he could diminish his fear of contracting HIV by going on PrEP. The specialist connected him to a medical provider and worked out insurance coverage. He also referred Louis to a counselor to address his self esteem, supplied him with condoms, and discussed strategies for having a good time at parties without risking his health. “Now I always go with friends, and we make a pact to watch out for each other.” Louis feels more in control and  less anxious about the future now that he’s equipped with more tools to stay healthy. By helping us to activate an entire network of supports—from his doctor to his friends to his therapist—you’re helping Louis stay as healthy as possible while staying true to his dreams and goals.

We know you share our belief that a thriving Hudson Valley is made up of residents who are living their full potential: healthy, active and enjoying all the wonderful things that make this a great place to live. But even with nearly forty years of studying how and why HIV is transmitted, Hudson Valley residents are still being infected with HIV. So we still need your help.  Those who were at the highest risk decades ago are still at high risk because most people have a tough time talking about sexuality, desire, substance abuse, and race.  This silence, combined with entrenched stigma against those with AIDS, allows HIV to spread through our communities—communities we need to stay healthy and strong if we’re to be a vibrant, colorful Hudson Valley.

So we invite you to join us once again in keeping HIV prevention in the conversation. Your contribution means we can keep our HIV prevention programs strong. So please continue to help us build healthy communities right here in the Hudson Valley. Preventing the spread of HIV now means that more people can live their full potential.

Please give today.

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HVCS’ Hairdressers Ball on K104!

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

On Monday, July 18, 2016 organizers of the Hairdressers Ball Charity Hair Show 2016 got the opportunity to appear on the K104.7FM “Woodman in the Morning” Show. Show creator Carla Ramos, show producer Ryan Keith, and Pete Berman from Phenix Salon Suites, our presenting sponsor, talked with the Woodman, Blackberry and the HDB’s special guest MC, Kate. (Our own J. Dewey also made an appearance.)

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Pete, Ryan and Carla in the K104 studio with Kate.

They were in the studio to kick off K104’s annual “Make Me a Model” contest, in which aspiring Hudson Valley models can try for a spot in the runway show. Interested amateur models can apply on K104’s website and one winner will be chosen at random on August 5th. The winner will also receive tickets and backstage passes, plus a gift bag from local merchants.

If you missed the broadcast, listen to a clip from the show right here:


Hudson Valley AIDS Walk Raises $52K+!

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The crowd leaves the Highland side of the Walkway, headed towards Poughkeepsie.

The crowd leaves the Highland side of the Walkway, headed towards Poughkeepsie.

The final tally isn’t yet complete, but as of Saturday, May 7th at the end of our 19th Annual Hudson Valley AIDS Walk, we had raised $52,514 at this year’s event! We announced the total at our official After-Party at Orient nightclub in Poughkeepsie to a crowd of 50 well-wishers and walkers. We doubled the amount of participating walkers, and the grand total is 150% more than our last AIDS Walk. We are very grateful to our volunteer committee of organizers, our sponsors, our volunteers, and everyone who came together on the Walkway Over the Hudson for this fantastic event!

View photos from this year’s AIDS Walk at Todd Michael Thomas’ Facebook page and on JoAnn Kraus’ Flickr feed.


Hudson Valley AIDS Walk
Thank Yous:

Cross Valley Health & Medicine
Stop & Shop
Diversified Investment Advisors
Sedore & Company
Hannaford Supermarkets
Nature’s Pantry
Superior Sounds
RJD Productions
Babycakes Café
Gunk Haus
Bee Bee the Clown
Eclectic Studios Hair Salon
Fischer & Williams Photographic Studios



Media Sponsors:

Poughkeepsie Journal
Ulster Publishing
Star 93.3 FM
WRWD 107.3 FM

The Committee:
Tony Beaudoin
Andy Bell
Zelesther Cay
Jana Fernandes
Stephan Hengst
Kaitlin Lambert
Ellen Maher
Nick Shannon
Todd Michael Thomas
Christine Wynkoop

Thanks to:
John Martin
Marquis Evans
Kevin Swenson
Nature’s Path
The Tipsy Turtle Henna Tattoos
Amanda Seims
Carlton Rounds
Darcy Lyons
Kurt Boyer
Annie Rapalje
Chris Scholl
Patrick Decker
Trixie Starr
JoJo Gerard
Ophelia Nightly
Jay Blotcher
Kathy Boger
Annie from Cablevision
Hudson Valley Renegades
Cartier’s Hair Design
Rondout Valley Teachers
Millman’s T-Shirt Factory
Jalery Arce
Francis Lehman-Loeb Museum
The Vastards
Linda Middleman
Jon Breitenbach
Chill Wine Bar

Partner Agencies:
Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center
Pet Shelter Alliance
Hudson River Healthcare

Enter the Dining Out for Life Online Sweepstakes!

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Dining Out for Life is just one week away, and as part of our final week of preparations, we’re inviting everyone to enter our online-only sweepstakes to win gift certificates to local restaurants.

One winner selected at random from all eligible entries will receive a $50 gift certificate to Delafield’s Restaurant in Poughkeepsie. The first runner-up will receive a $25 gift certificate to Chill Wine Bar in Beacon, and the second runner-up will get a $10 gift certificate for Cafeteria at New Paltz. The drawing will be held on Friday, April 29th, so enter soon–and often!

On Facebook:
Visit the Dining Out for Life Hudson Valley page and look for the Sweepstakes tab on the left menu. Open up the Sweepstakes tab and you’ll find all the rules and the entry form. Tell us which restaurant you’ll be dining at on Thursday, April 28th and you can enter the contest! You can also go directly to the sweepstakes here.

On Twitter:
Check out the Twitter version of the sweepstakes here. Tweet about Dining Out for Life and you’ll be entered to win these great prizes!

Be sure to dine out to fight AIDS on Thursday, April 28th at one the 17 participating Hudson Valley restaurants. Read the whole list here, or text DOFLHV to 30364 for a list of participating restaurants closest to you.

Special thanks to our friends at Delafield’s, Chill Wine Bar and Cafeteria for sponsoring this contest.

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

The 2010 Hearts for ARCS Valentine's Charity Ball was a hit!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

On Saturday, February 13, 2010 ARCS hosted its eighth annual Hearts for ARCS Valentine’s Charity Ball at the C.V. Rich Mansion in White Plains. As guests entered, our dedicated volunteers offered them leis to get them into our “Tropical Escape” theme, which was solidified by the graphic design stylings of Andrew Mandolene. Our hostess for the evening was none other than Carol Channing (well, as portrayed by Richard Skipper)! Everyone loved the vocal stylings and diamond-studded commentary from our gracious emcee, with the talented Christine Talbott Sutin accompanying her on piano.

In between Carol’s performances, guests flocked the dancefloor to the music of DJ Jamie Villarie from DanceTime Entertainment. Glenn Burns provided guests with complementary photos at his customized photo booth, while Fischer & Williams Photographic Studios captured the evening on film. Once the silent auction ended with a rousing countdown, attendees nibbled on desserts provided by Big Girl Baking and sandal-shaped sugar cookies from Sweet Valley Treats.

We will be posting the final results from our premiere fundraiser soon. In the meantime, check out photos from the event at Fischer & Williams’ online album!

Special thanks to our other sponsors:, Hyatt Summerfield Suites, Completely Bare Spa, Greenwich Medical Spa, and American Laser Center of Poughkeepsie