Posts Tagged ‘Hudson Valley AIDS Walk’

A Special Announcement: No Hudson Valley AIDS Walk 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017

If you’re a longtime supporter, you may be wondering why you haven’t yet seen anything about the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk, usually held in May. The Hudson Valley Community Services will not be holding its customary Hudson Valley AIDS Walk this year.

After twenty-four years of holding the AIDS Walk, we felt that it was time for a big change. We’ve been tweaking the AIDS Walk each year to respond to your feedback and bring in new supporters and community partners. The time has come for more than tweaks—we need a complete reset. This decision was made in conjunction with our Board of Directors, our volunteer AIDS Walk committee, key staff members and feedback from past supporters. We are excited to announce that our staff and volunteers are working together to create new events that inspire and motivate our donors, participants and volunteers, and will bring in even more resources to help our clients.

Our new focus includes making the commitment to better serving our clients by identifying key fundraising targets. We look forward to sharing more success stories so you get to know our clients—and you see how your contributions are helping them. We’re committing to a more personal approach to community partnerships. And we promise that fighting HIV/AIDS and helping Hudson Valley residents living with AIDS are still top priorities.

With all these changes we don’t want to lose sight of an underlying principle: our clients still need you! We hope that as we embark on a new direction in our fundraising efforts that you’ll be more energized and passionate about the work HVCS does in the Hudson Valley. Our fundraising staff is hard at work on new ways for you to remain involved. We’re always open to your ideas and feedback, too. Let us know what interests you and how we can meet your goals for helping your community. Thank you for your past support, and we look forward to working with all our supporters as we move forward together.

We Still Need You!

What’s Next?

We’re forming a committee to help plan a new grassroots event—The Most Important Meal, a breakfast to raise funds for our food and nutrition
programs. We need volunteers to help sell tickets, line up sponsors, sell journal ads, and collect silent auction items. The Most Important
Meal will be coming to a Mid-Hudson location in Fall 2017. If you’re interested in volunteering on the committee, contact Anthony Accomando at (914)
785-8277 or

Host an Event for HVCS

Create your own mini-fundraiser by hosting a third-party event. It doesn’t have to be big or fancy, or raise a large amount to make a difference. All it takes is the desire to pitch in and an idea for a gathering. Organizing your friends, family and community and asking them to contribute small amounts can really add up! Help HVCS by organizing:

  • Potluck dinners
  • Walks, hikes or bike rides
  • Bake sales
  • Loose change collections
  • Charity days at your business: collect donations from employees or donate a percentage of all sales
  • Food drives
  • Paint-and-sip parties
  • Guest bartender nights
  • The possibilities are endless!

If you’re interested or you’ve got an idea, contact J. Dewey at (914) 785-8326 or

Hudson Valley AIDS Walk & Run Photos & Video

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Thanks to everyone who walked, ran, volunteered, supported and sponsored the 2016 Hudson Valley AIDS Walk and 5K run on Saturday, May 7th! It was a great day despite a little rain with plenty of music, food, and outdoor fun. We also had a very special afterparty, “Heels for Hope,” later on at the Firemen’s Exempt Association.

Here’s a look back at the big event, thanks to videographer Nijinsky De La Cruz and photographer Tracey Buzzanco.


Hudson Valley AIDS Walk Pre- and After-Parties

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

AIDS Walk & Run Pre-Party: Funny T-Shirt ContestWe’re turning up the springtime heat with two amazing events to bookend the Big Event (our Hudson Valley AIDS Walk & Run, which happens on Saturday, May 7, 2016).

One week before the Wall/Run, join us for “Get Your Shirt Together!” a new pre-registration party at Chill Wine Bar in Beacon. Wear your funniest t-shirt (it’s OK if it’s inappropriate!) to enter the Funniest T-Shirt Contest, with prizes for the overall funniest, best duo or group shirts, and most vulgar. Your fellow guests will be the judges so go with your most crowd-pleasing tee!

Plus, if you’re a registered Walker or Runner you can pick up your official 2016 t-shirt in advance, or register on the spot and get your tee and fundraising packet all at once. Donate $5 and have access to the Shirt Decorating Bar, which will be stocked with paint, markers, stick-on jewels, and other fun items.

DJ duo Prephab plays fun dance music and classics, and a portion of your bar tab will be donated to the AIDS Walk/Run. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

Blake Lively Dresses for Sale


After the Walk/Run, join us at River Station, a waterfront restaurant in downtown Poughkeepsie, for Heels for Hope, the official AIDS Walk/Run afterparty featuring a drag showcase and a new dinner buffet! For $40, enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet and reserve your seat for the cavalcade of drag performers. Stick around after the show for dancing with Prephab and Superior Sounds. Seating is limited and there will only be a few standing-room show-only tickets available at the door, so head on over to for advance tickets!

Scheduled to perform:

Katarina Mirage

Valkirie Hall

Victoria Precise

Coco Caine

Max Pleasure

with hosts Ryan Doughty and Kiley J. Winn!

Drag Brunch Almost Sold Out + “Best Look” Contest from BGHV

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Drag Brunch 2016 - almost sold out!There are only a few tickets left for HVCS’ Drag Brunch 2016! This event has sold out every year and we expect the same situation for Sunday’s big show. If you’ve been waiting, now’s the time to hop on over to Eventbrite to snag your tickets!

And, to add to the fun, our friends and supporters at Big Gay Hudson Valley hope YOU the audience will have just as much fun as our drag-tastic performers! They’re giving away two pairs of tickets to their upcoming event to the two “Best Gender Bender Looks” at Drag Brunch. Don your best gender-switcheroo outfit or bend your gender outfit to the extreme and you might win a pair of tickets to see “Nasty Drew & That Harder Boy: The Mystery of the Family Jewels” in Rosendale on Saturday, April 16th. Outfits will be judged by our performers TRIXIE STARR, JOJO GERARD, ANITA LAY and AVI MUNSTER, so dress to impress!

Learn More About BGHV’s upcoming show:

Great jumping catfish! Someone has snatched Lady Dubois’ cherished family jewels! Never fear, stripper sleuths Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy are on the case. Watch as they hunt for clues, ward off menacing suspects and loosen up a few buttons of their own on their search to find the dastardly diamond deviant.

Black Celebrity DressesPresented by Big Gay Hudson Valley and, Nasty Drew & That Harder Boy: The Mystery of the Family Jewels is written and produced by Chris Harder (who you may remember from BGHV’s annual burlesque cabaret, HUNG With Care). This queer and campy “whodunit” play features some of NYC’s hottest names in burlesque, drag and circus performance.

Learn more and watch the trailer online at

Loyal Sponsors Return for the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk/Run

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

As the new year gets going (is it already mid-January??), we’re turning up the heat on preparations for the 2016 Hudson Valley AIDS Walk–and RUN! We’re excited to announce the return of several loyal event sponsors who have made the commitment to helping us end AIDS in the Hudson Valley.

Stop and ShopThanks to Stop and Shop on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie for signing on as our Healthy Snack Sponsor. Employees will be on site that morning with plenty of fresh fruit, water and granola bars for hungry walkers and runners! Stop and Shop also provides financial support.

Welcome back to the Crafted Kup (Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie) as our official Coffee Sponsor! Enjoy free refills of gourmet java from a great local small business.Crafted Kup



Superior Sounds returns as our own version of the AV club, providing sound and DJ services. They’re huge supporters of HVCS and we’re huge fans in return.

Superior Sounds





Last but certainly not least, we welcome longtime supporter Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union as a Walk/Run sponsor. Hudson Valley Federal Credit UnionThey’ve sponsored other events in the past, so they’re still a returning sponsor but NEW to the AIDS Walk/Run!

Now’s a great time to sign up as a walker, a team or as a runner: get a jumpstart on training on our Walk/Run page!

Check Out Our NEW Hudson Valley AIDS Walk Video!

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Get ready for the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk, HVCS’ biggest fundraiser of the year! Join us on the Walkway Over the Hudson on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm with lots of free snacks, coffee, vendors, music and fun for all ages. This is the only fundraising walk that benefits local people living with HIV/AIDS and we need your help to end AIDS in our lifetime. Together, we can make it happen!

Special thanks to care manager Frankee Ryan, long-time volunteer Patrick Decker and Solaris 3 Productions for making this happen!

Drag Brunch is SOLD OUT!

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Drag Brunch 2015Thanks to our wonderful supporters and customers of Gunk Haus, Drag Brunch 2015 has officially sold out! There will be limited seating in the bar area during the show. Please call Gunk Haus that morning for availability: (845) 883-0866. You may also email us to go on a waiting list–just in case we receive any cancellations.

Time to Wig Out: Drag Brunch Returns on March 29th!

Friday, February 20th, 2015

That’s right, drag fans–HVCS’ fourth annual Drag Brunch returns to Gunk Haus in Highland for another round of music, mimosas and merriment on Sunday, March 29th. Your $25 ticket gets you your choice of delicious brunch entrees, unlimited coffee, tea and soft drinks, and fun entertainment by live performers–PLUS, you’ll be making a $15 donation to HVCS’ Hudson Valley AIDS Walk.

We recommend getting your tickets ASAP since this event has sold out for the past three years, and advance tickets are necessary. Get your tickets TODAY online through Eventbrite:

Eventbrite - Drag Brunch 2015


Or call us at (914) 785-8277 to make reservations and payment plans over the phone.

More details on our performers as we shape up the list, so check back with us soon or follow our Facebook page.

Photos from the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk 2014

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

HVCS held its 22nd annual Hudson Valley AIDS Walk on Saturday, May 17, 2014 on the Walkway Over the Hudson. We raised over $42,000 (so far!) at this year’s Walk. Thanks to everyone who walked, volunteered, donated, and sponsored our biggest fundraising event of the year!

Photos by Jo Ann Kraus

New on HVCS’ YouTube Channel: How Are You Preparing for the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Sign up for the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk–it’s not too late to start fundraising for May 17th’s big event!