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Central Florida HIV Timeline


1980 " Florida's 1st cases reported as Kaposi’s Pneumocystis Carinii "

1st cases reported as Kaposi’s sarcoma and Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia in New York and Florida


1980 " Florida Department of Health began began surveillance of AIDS Cases "

Florida Department of Health began surveillance cases of AIDS.


1981 " AIDS Term Coined "Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome" "

First called AIDS – Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome


1982 " State Health Officer declares AIDS a public health emergency. "

1983 State Health Officer declares AIDS a public health emergency.


1983 " HIV, was first identified as the virus that causes AIDS. "

HIV, was first identified as the virus that causes AIDS.


1984 " Anonymous HIV counseling and testing sites established · "

1985 Anonymous HIV counseling and testing sites established ·


1984 " Statewide toll-free AIDS hotline began. "

Statewide toll-free AIDS hotline began.


1984 " Daytona Beach Outreach Community Care Network Established "

1985 The Outreach Community Care Network was originally established in 1985 as a not-for-profit corporation in response to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic. As a community based organization, our mission is to effectively support the physical, emotional, social, and financial needs of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and to prevent the incidence of new infection.


1985 " Joy MCC Sponsored the first AIDS Vigil "

On Labor Day weekend, September 1986, Joy MCC sponsored the first AIDS vigil in Orlando. Clergy and congregants from First United Methodist Church and First Unitarian Church participated in a candlelight prayer service at the band shell in Lake Eola Park.


1985 " Nilda English, AIDS Activist, "

Nilda English, An Aids Activist, Dies At Age 37 March 28, 1996 Nilda Isabel English, 37, a Central Florida AIDS activist, died Wednesday, March 27, of complications from AIDS. Mrs. English, of Spoonwood Court, Winter Springs, was an administrative assistant for an insurance company and member of the board of directors for Hope & Help Center, an AIDS resource center. In 1993 she won the Woman to Woman Award sponsored by the Orlando Regional Health Care Group. Born in Puerto Rico, she moved to Central Florida in 1975. She was Catholic. Survivors: husband, Jeff; son, Justin, Winter Springs; mother, Nilda Rigual, Tampa; father, Antonio Parodi, Puerto Rico; brother, Jose Parodi, Fort Lauderdale; grandmother, Isabel Rivera, Puerto Rico. Pine Castle Memorial Chapel, Orlando.


1985 " CENTAUR AIDS Service Organization "

CENTAUR was the first AIDS Service Organization Founded in 1986, CENTAUR was the first AIDS Service Organization (ASO) of its kind in the Central Florida area providing supportive services to HIV/AIDS clients in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. CENTAUR began as a volunteer group of HIV/AIDS infected men who tried to support one another in their struggle to obtain medical assistance and to cope with the progressive and deadly nature of HIV/AIDS. The program has grown into a full-service ASO offering funded services by professionals to help address primary non-medical aspects of life with HIV.


1985 " Florida First Public Information Program was initiated with "

1986 Florida First Public Information Program was initiated with billboards and radio announcements


1985 " First Orlando Regional Area AIDS Coordinator "

1986 First Orlando Regional Area AIDS Coordinator hired to help with educational efforts


1986 " Orange County Gets $75,000 To Help Poor With AIDS "

Orange Gets $75,000 To Help Poor With Aid Orlando Sentinel - Orlando, Fla. November 7, 1986 County, which ranks fourth in Florida in AIDS cases, has received a $75,000 state grant to create a network of medical and social services for indigent patients infected with the virus. The money, which is being distributed this month, is part of a $4.9 million appropriation shared by six counties that have had the most reported cases of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Dade County, which has had 46 percent of Florida's 1,684 adult cases, received $4.2 million to set up a web of services "from diagnosis to death," said Joyner Sims, head of the state health department. Broward County received $275,000, Palm Beach County got $200,000 and Monroe, Orange and Hillsborough counties got $75,000 each. Orange County ranked fifth when the Legislature appropriated the money last spring, but inched to fourth place last week with its 58th diagnosed case. Since Jan. 1, Orange County has reported 43 cases to the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Nationwide, 26,000 cases of AIDS have been diagnosed since 1982, and more than half the patients have died. The counties are ranked similarly in the number of people who have tested positive for the HIV antibody. The antibody indicates the presence of the virus, which is transmitted through bodily fluids such as semen or blood. Although not all these people will get AIDS, a deteriorating immune system cannot fight disease. In Orange County, 30 to 50 people fall into that category, said Dr. Jerry Brand, chief of epidemiology and community health at the Orange County Health Department. To qualify for treatment in Orange County, patients must show symptoms of AIDS-related diseases, Brand said. Those who test positive for the antibody but feel well are not eligible. Fees are set based on the patient's ability to pay. "Basically, we're going to be caring and treating infections as they arise, doing proper evaluations of the patient to see what medical services they need," said Dr. William Robbins, an infectious- disease specialist who will work with Brand. With the grant, the health department can treat indigent patients for AIDS-related infections, such as pneumocystis pneumonia, and provide education and counseling. Previously, doctors working through the Orange County Medical Clinic had supplied medical care without support services. The health department will coordinate psychological and drug counseling, education about safe sex practices and home patient care to help contain the disease. The intent is to reach more high-risk people, including intravenous drug users and promiscuous homosexuals and bisexuals, and to reduce risk through education, Brand said. There is no cure for AIDS, but in clinical trials, one drug, called AZT, has shown promise in treating the AIDS virus. AZT is being made available to doctors treating AIDS patients who meet a list of qualifying criteria. Care for AIDS patients varies in Central Florida, with most counties offering counseling to AIDS patients and treatment by private physicians. Volusia and Orange health departments can treat AIDS patients. Three counties have organized support groups for patients, their friends and families -- Centaur in Orange, Aegis in Brevard, and DARE, or Daytona AIDS Resources and Education, in Volusia. Brevard has reported 17 cases; Volusia, 10; Seminole, 9; Lake, 3; and Osceola, none. Testing for the antibody is available for $20 in Orange and Brevard counties and for $3 in Volusia. Seminole County refers people to Orange for testing and medical care. Lake County screens maternity patients to see if they are at risk of getting the disease and sends them to Alachua or Orange counties for testing. Osceola offers no public treatment.


1986 " AZT Patient Care Program Established. "

1987 AZT Patient Care Program Established


1986 " Florida HIV Cases: 2,157 cases "

1987 Florida HIV Cases: 2,157 cases


1986 " The Ray Brothers Prohibited From Attending a Florida Public School "

AIDS HITS HOME THREE HEMOPHILIAC BROTHERS FROM ARCADIA TEST POSITIVE FOR AIDS, AND THEIR FAMILY IS DRIVEN FROM THEIR CHURCH, THEIR SCHOOL AND THEIR HOMETOWN. THIS IS THE STORY OF THE RAY FAMILY -- A SMALL-TOWN TRAGEDY, 1980'S STYLE


1986 " AMA Policy Unethical for physicans to refuse to treat HIV/AIDS Individuals "

In 1987, the American Medical Association issued a policy statement saying it was unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone solely because that person had AIDS or was HIV-positive


1987 " Aids Resource Alliance "

The Resource Alliance, founded in 1988, offered health and counseling aid, as well as rent, utility, travel and other assistance.


1987 " Haircut Proceeds To Help Aids Fight "

Haircut Proceeds To Help Aids Fight November 19, 1988 The second annual ''Cut for Life,'' sponsored by the AIDS Coalition Endowment (ACE), will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Backstage Salon, 445 W. Semoran Blvd., Altamonte Springs. Haircuts will be offered for $10 apiece and proceeds will benefit a transitional home for AIDS patients -- a joint project of ACE and the Hope and Help Center. For details call (407) 682-2887.


1988 " Hope and Help of Central Florida Estabilished "

Since 1988, the Hope and Help Center has proudly provided comprehensive and compassionate support in Central Florida for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. As the premier HIV/AIDS service organization in the region, Hope and Help Center offers a full range of care services, as well as education and prevention initiatives that save lives, refute the stigma, and offer hope to all those touched by this disease. Throughout the years we have grown with eight locations throughout Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola Counties. We were alone in a hostile world with no answers and a deadly, new disease. We needed compassion, understanding and resources. We found all three by starting a support group in the basement of a local church. In 1988, other community leaders volunteered their support and the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc. was established. In 1989, Hope and Help Center was approved as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As the epidemic has changed and affected minority communities, the Hope and Help Center has evolved and become a diverse, minority agency able to address the needs of all people who require our services.


1988 " First Worlds AIDS DAY "


1988 " Project AIDS Care Established "

Project AIDS Care Established


1989 " William L. Barr, Orlando AIDS activist Died "

April 19 , 1989 William L. Barr, an Orlando AIDS activist and vice president of CENTAUR (Central Florida AIDS Unified Resources), died Tuesday at Florida Hospital Orlando of complications resulting from AIDS. He was 39. Diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, Barr dedicated himself to helping others with the disease and to prolonging his own life through the disciplined use of self-healing concepts such as meditation and nutrition. He was one of the first AIDS patients in Central Florida to speak out about the need to dispel the stigma surrounding AIDS and communicate accurate information about its prevention. In addition, Barr took calls on the AIDS hot line at CENTAUR, counseled other AIDS patients and led the organization's creative healing alternatives group. Before he became too ill, he worked as a night coordinator and counselor at We Care, the crisis intervention hot line based in Orlando. CENTAUR executive director Jim Stuckey said Barr's early and open advocacy on the part of AIDS patients was courageous at a time when many in Central Florida ignored the issue and most who had the disease were hiding it. Barr's modest, soft-spoken nature made him both an excellent counselor and an effective advocate, Stuckey said. "There was a gentle side of Bill, a winning way about him. Because of that, people got to know him, and through him they learned about AIDS." Barr, a member of Orlando's Joy Metropolitan Community Church, addressed the opening of an interdenominational AIDS prayer vigil last year. "I know God loves me," he told the group gathered at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Orlando. "I am a person, even though I have AIDS." Barr is survived by his parents, William D. and Ethel Barr of Stevensville, Md.; a sister, Jean Harris; and nephews Larry and Dwayne Harris, all of Wilmington, Del. A memorial service is being planned for later this week.


1989 " Ryah White Program Established "

1990 The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Emergency (CARE) Act was established.


1990 " AIDS/HIV Retreat San Pedro Center "

April 28, 1990 THE GENESIS AIDS Project, an ecumenical effort in the Orlando area, will sponsor an overnight retreat on coping with all aspects of AIDS/HIV infection this weekend at the San Pedro Center near Winter Park. The retreat will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and continue through next Saturday evening. The retreat is for people with AIDS and their families and care-givers. The cost is $35, including lodging and meals. For information, call (407) 351-6285.


1990 " AIDS Activist Arrested "

On March 7 the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) raided the Orlando, Florida, office of Trans-Aid and the home of its founder and director, Alfredo Martinez-Garcia. AZT and other medications were seized. Alfredo went to trial and was found innocent of all charges by the jury. The trial was featured on CourtTV.


1990 " Raid Finds AZT At Home, Office of Aids Activist "

Raid Finds AZT At Home, Office of Aids Activist By Bob Levenson Of The Sentinel Staff March 8, 1991 State police raided the office of an Orlando AIDS-support group and the home of its director Thursday, took several boxes of medication and accused the director of illegally dispensing it to AIDS sufferers. Agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement seized thousands of AZT pills and other medication from the office of Trans-Aid and the home of its director, Alfredo Martinez-Garcia, one of Orlando's most outspoken and prominent gay activists. Agents said they would ask the Orange-Osceola state attorney's office to decide whether Martinez-Garcia, 43, should be charged with dispensing medication without a license. In an interview, Martinez-Garcia denied dispensing AZT or other drugs. He claimed other AIDS-support groups were behind the FDLE's probes in order to discredit him and increase their chances of getting federal grants. ''I am not dispensing AZT,'' said Martinez-Garcia, who suffers from AIDS. ''I am taking enough for myself and what I can't consume I send to Africa.'' Doyle Jourdan, head of the FDLE's Orlando office, said an informant posing as an AIDS sufferer got AZT without a prescription from Martinez-Garcia twice and another drug once during the course of his agency's three-month investigation. The state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services has been investigating Martinez-Garcia for much longer, Jourdan said. In addition, Jourdan said, HRS and FDLE obtained statements from eight AIDS sufferers who said Martinez-Garcia either gave them the drug or persuaded people who had a prescription to give up some for those who couldn't afford it. One person said he became sick from the medication. Agents did not arrest Martinez-Garcia because they believe he was trying to help AIDS sufferers too poor to afford AZT, which can cost up to $8,000 a year, and other drugs. Martinez-Garcia did not make money off the drugs, FDLE agent John Barr said. ''We are sympathetic to the plight of AIDS patients, and we don't want to limit the medication they receive,'' Jourdan said. ''But we want to see it come from a legitimate, authorized medical source. Our goal today was to halt his dispensing of medication, and we did that by taking the medication.'' Spokesmen for several other Orange County AIDS-support groups denied they had anything to do with the probe. The spokesmen were generally supportive of the FDLE's actions. ''I'm not here to pass judgment on anyone, but medication should not be dispensed by people who are not licensed professionals,'' said Chuck Hummer, director of Hope & Help Inc. ''A majority of clients we deal with cannot afford their medication, but there are many ways within the law you can get those people help.'' There is no known cure for AIDS, but AZT can relieve symptoms and extend a patient's life expectancy. It is not illegal to possess AZT but is illegal to dispense it without a medical or pharmaceutical license.


1990 " FDA approves a 2nd antiviral ddl (Videx) "

1991 FDA approves a 2nd antiviral ddl (Videx)


1991 " Hope and Help Second Annual Headdress Ball "

Second annual Headdress Ball was held at the Brachium Theater on September 23, 1991 and raised approximately $15,000. Chuck Hummer was the executive director of Hope & Help at the time. Entertainers were Dana Manchester and Nikki Adams. The judges for the evening were Burd Bullock, Charna Davis Jacob Stuart, Bob Morris, and Peter Rocchio.


1991 " Alfredo Martinez-Garcia Orlando Aids Activist Set For Trial On Drug Charges "

Orlando Aids Activist Set For Trial On Drug Charges July 31, 1992 The director of an Orlando AIDS support group has been scheduled for trial Sept. 14 on charges he gave prescription drugs illegally to AIDS sufferers. Alfredo Martinez-Garcia has acknowledged giving morphine, codeine and prescription-strength Tylenol to clients of his clinic. But Martinez-Garcia plans to argue that his actions were medically necessary because his clients were in pain and had no other way to get the drugs. Prosecutors said they would appeal a judge's ruling this month allowing Martinez-Garcia to present a medical-necessity defense. But Chief Assistant State Attorney Bill Vose said Thursday prosecutors learned they had no legal right to appeal.


1992 " $32,000 Raised For Aids Groups Benefit From 'Voices' "

April 11, 1993| By Elizabeth Maupin Sentinel A Time to Listen, a theatrical extravaganza held at Tupperware Convention Center Auditorium in Kissimmee in March, raised about $32,000 for six AIDS support groups, the benefit's organizers announced last week. Featuring gospel singer Sandi Patti, pop singer John Davidson, Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz and close to 200 Orlando-area actors, singers and dancers, the show broke a box-office record at Tupperware by selling more than 1,200 tickets in the three hours before it began. Total attendance was about 1,900. Produced by members of the Central Florida entertainment community and by AIDS Resource Alliance, a nonprofit agency that helps manage the care of people with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS, Voices raised money for five local groups and for the AIDS Initiative, a national fund that helps performers and their families who are affected by HIV and AIDS. Central Florida groups that will benefit from the project are CENTAUR, Genesis AIDS Project, Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Serenity House Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the University of Central Florida HIV/AIDS Institute. Sixty percent of the benefit's net profits will go to those six organizations, each of which will receive about $3,200. The remaining 40 percent will go into a contingency fund for direct client services at AIDS Resource Alliance. That money, about $12,800, will help to pay for housing assistance, utilities, medication and other necessities for people with AIDS. Shannon Addison, the show's executive producer, said the major costs for Voices were one evening's rent at Tupperware (or $2,500) and the costs for alcohol and soft drinks. Almost all other goods and services were donated, including performers' fees, transportation and hotel accommodations. ''If we had had to pay for everything, the show would have cost more than $100,000,'' Addison said. Organizers of the event are planning for a second edition of Voices to be presented next spring at a date and place to be announced.


1992 " $32,000 Raised For Aids Groups Benefit From 'Voices' "

April 11, 1993| By Elizabeth Maupin Sentinel A Time to Listen, a theatrical extravaganza held at Tupperware Convention Center Auditorium in Kissimmee in March, raised about $32,000 for six AIDS support groups, the benefit's organizers announced last week. Featuring gospel singer Sandi Patti, pop singer John Davidson, Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz and close to 200 Orlando-area actors, singers and dancers, the show broke a box-office record at Tupperware by selling more than 1,200 tickets in the three hours before it began. Total attendance was about 1,900. Produced by members of the Central Florida entertainment community and by AIDS Resource Alliance, a nonprofit agency that helps manage the care of people with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS, Voices raised money for five local groups and for the AIDS Initiative, a national fund that helps performers and their families who are affected by HIV and AIDS. Central Florida groups that will benefit from the project are CENTAUR, Genesis AIDS Project, Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Serenity House Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the University of Central Florida HIV/AIDS Institute. Sixty percent of the benefit's net profits will go to those six organizations, each of which will receive about $3,200. The remaining 40 percent will go into a contingency fund for direct client services at AIDS Resource Alliance. That money, about $12,800, will help to pay for housing assistance, utilities, medication and other necessities for people with AIDS. Shannon Addison, the show's executive producer, said the major costs for Voices were one evening's rent at Tupperware (or $2,500) and the costs for alcohol and soft drinks. Almost all other goods and services were donated, including performers' fees, transportation and hotel accommodations. ''If we had had to pay for everything, the show would have cost more than $100,000,'' Addison said. Organizers of the event are planning for a second edition of Voices to be presented next spring at a date and place to be announced.


1992 " Orlando HIV/AIDS Community Planning Group Established "

Orlando HIV/AIDS Community Planning Group Established


1993 " Mark Two Dinner Theater's , Musical to benefit people with AIDS "

FEb 15, 1993Tickets are still available for the Mark Two Dinner Theater's benefit performance of the original burlesque musical Kracker Jax. Proceeds will go to local and national organizations that help people with AIDS. The benefit is set for Feb. 15 at the Mark Two, 3376 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. The Mark Two's performers, staff and waiters are donating their talents and all of the money raised from the evening (including admission receipts and tips) to six AIDS-support organizations: Serenity House, the Genesis AIDS Project, Hope and Help, CENTAUR and the University of Central Florida HIV/AIDS Institute, all based in Central Florida; and Equity Fights AIDS, based in New York. Thirty percent of the proceeds will go to Equity Fights AIDS and the remaining 70 percent to the Central Florida organizations. A four-day, three-night trip to Paradise Island in the Bahamas, donated by Mark Two producer Mark Howard, will be awarded in a raffle, and various other items will be auctioned off at intermission. Raffle tickets are available at the theater box office. Tickets to the event are $40


1993 " Charles Hummer Aids Activist Dies "

CHARLES W. HUMMER III, 32, 324 Loma Bonita Drive, Davenport, died Monday, Sept. 19, of complications from AIDS. Mr. Hummer had been executive director of Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, an AIDS resource network, since shortly after its founding in 1988. ''Even as he struggled with the illness, he was always an example to other people,'' said Debbie Sanders, president of the board of directors. Mr. Hummer led the agency's growth from a staff of two to a staff of 23 serving more than 1,900 people a year. An activist who lectured about AIDS prevention and awareness, he enlisted dozens of volunteers for clinical drug trials. He was a member of Metropolitan Business Association, founding member of East Central Florida AIDS Network, Diversity Council of City of Orlando and affiliated with Local Health Services Planning Council. Survivors: mother, Greta N. Hummer, Reston, Va.; father and stepmother, Charles W. Hummer Jr. and Sandra Hummer, Haines City; step-grandmother, L. Phyllis Hummer, St. Petersburg; longtime companion, Mark Steffy, Davenport. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Orlando.


1993 " Jack Johnson Cocoa Beach AIDS activist runs State Senate race in District 18 "

A Cocoa Beach AIDS activist has joined the state Senate race in District 18, which covers much of Brevard and Osceola counties. Jack Johnson, 31, is former executive director of Project Response Inc., the largest community AIDS service organization in Brevard County. He is making his first try at elected office. Johnson said he believes the AIDS awareness movement can teach the community by showing how government, business and citizens can work together to solve problems. ''I really do believe in pulling the community together and listening to what people say,'' Johnson said. A former legislative aide to New York state Sen. Ronald Stafford, Johnson said he is running for office simply to serve the public. ''I have an incentive to work fast,'' said Johnson, who has acquired immune deficiency syndrome. ''I'm not looking to be a career politician.'' One of Johnson's priorities is tackling crime. He advocates job-training programs in jails, where prisoners would make something useful and simultaneously learn a trade. ''I think locking people up in jail for an extended time doesn't accomplish anything,'' Johnson said. ''Rather than just putting people in cages, we need to make these people productive members of society.'' Regarding education, Johnson said he wants to increase loans to needy college-bound students who can't earn a scholarship on grades alone. ''What are the alternatives?'' Johnson asked. ''Minimum wage jobs. We have a responsibility to help the people of our community. We're going to pay for it one way or the other.'' Originally from Schroon Lake, N.Y., about 45 miles south of Lake Placid, Johnson moved to Florida five years ago. A former real estate salesman, Johnson last semester taught courses on death and dying and human sexuality at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Johnson has a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a bachelor's degree in political science from Siena College in Albany, N.Y. A registered Republican, he is running as an independent in the November election. Also running for the office are first-term incumbent Patti Grogan, D-Merritt Island; Brevard Republican Party Chairman Charles Bronson; and Marty Dixon, a Cocoa construction company vice president.


1995 " Michael Slaymaker Named Director of Hope and Help Inc. "

Michael Slaymaker Executive Director Hope and Help Center March 1995– March 1996 (1 year 1 month) Served as change agent using organization development interventions; created a new long-range strategic development plan; performed job analysis and created training programs for staff and volunteers. Developed benchmarks for industry best practices; Reported to a board of 18, managed a staff of 29 and 400 volunteers. Developed a major gift and planned giving program. Renewed government formula & supplemental grants. Revamped the Headdress Ball to make it the largest AIDS fundraiser in Orlando. Produced a new special event, AIDS Walk Orlando. Increased the annual budget from $600,000 to $1.1 million.


1995 " FDA approves Norvir and Crixivan "

1996 FDA approves NorvirÒ and CrixivanÒ


1996 " Diggs Miracle Care of Volusia/Flagler, Inc.Established "

Since 1997, Diggs Miracle Care of Volusia/Flagler, Inc. has been serving individuals and families living with HIV and AIDS in the Volusia and Flagler County communities. Matilda Riley, Founder and Executive Director of Diggs Miracle Care, says that she began to seek and evaluate services in Volusia County after a family member was diagnosed with HIV in 1997. She started Diggs (which is named after her paternal grandfather and also stands for Doing in God's Glorious Service) because she was largely disappointed with the services and care being offered in the community. She believed that agencies were trying to do the right things, but lacked compassion in their outreach. Mrs. Riley started with community outreach and education and in 1998 opened a testing site. The business has continued to grow and serves about 150 individuals per year by providing non-medical case management, free testing, transportation, advocacy and counseling. Diggs also distributes food baskets to clients during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Mrs. Riley says that her primary goal is to stay true to the original mission of Diggs -- "...to provide the highest quality of care and services to individuals living with HIV or AIDS." She looks forward to another decade of serving the community and individuals who are in need


1997 " Faye Dunaway Attend Aids Benefit "

October 26, 1997 Faye Dunaway and other members of Master Class are scheduled to attend a private party Tuesday night to benefit Centaur, a local AIDS support group.The party is set for 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Le Provence Restaurant and Monaco Lounge, 50 E. Pine St., Orlando. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.Tickets are available from Centaur at (407) 849-1452.Also, some cast and company members will discuss the show as part of the ''Discover Broadway at the Library Series'' from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.


1997 " Faye Dunaway Attend Aids Benefit "

October 26, 1997 Faye Dunaway and other members of Master Class are scheduled to attend a private party Tuesday night to benefit Centaur, a local AIDS support group.The party is set for 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Le Provence Restaurant and Monaco Lounge, 50 E. Pine St., Orlando. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.Tickets are available from Centaur at (407) 849-1452.Also, some cast and company members will discuss the show as part of the ''Discover Broadway at the Library Series'' from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.


1998 " Chuck Hummer Named First Executive Director of Help and Help "

Charles "Chuck" W. Hummer, III, was born and raised in the Republic of Panama where his father and mother worked for the Panama Canal. He was educated in the Panama Canal Zone school system and graduated from Balboa High School in 1980. He was raised in a completely bicultural American/Panamanian society. He was fluent in English and Spanish and conversant in French, Italian and Portuguese. He attended Northern Virginia Community College and graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a BS in International Affairs. He moved to Orlando in 1987 where he filed one of the first successful equal opportunity law suits because he was fired when his employer learned that he was HIV positive. In 1998 he migrated from client to the first Executive Director of the newly formed Hope and Help Center, an AIDS service organization in Orlando. At the beginning the Center provided such mundane services as lists of dentists, physicians, barbers and other personal care professionals that would take HIV positive and AIDS patients. The Center also provided support groups for the various populations that formed communities of interest and were HIV positive or had AIDS. He led the Center from its humble beginnings in the basement of a Winter Park Church to offices at the Unitarian Church on East Robinson Street, to the larger facilities on Orange Ave. in downtown Orlando, and finally to its own building in Winter Park where it is still headquartered. Chuck saw the Center grow from a relatively simple volunteer-manned organization to a full service organization with a large paid staff which provided a wide spectrum of services at its main offices as well as a growing number of satellite offices in Osceola and Seminole Counties. Premier AIDS related events such as the Strictly Positive Seminars, Headdress Ball, and youth educational summits marked some of the major accomplishments made while Chuck was a leading AIDS activist in Central Florida. His philosophy was that he was living with HIV not dying from AIDS. He lived his life as an example to all. The Hope and Help Center honors Chuck's memory with its annual Chuck Hummer, III Visionary Award.


1998 " Attitudes Nightclub Benefit Fror The AIDS Resource Alliance Inc "

Event At Leesburg Club Will Benefit Aids Group November 21, 1998 LEESBURG - Attitudes nightclub, 1850 E. Main St., will host a benefit for the AIDS Resource Alliance Inc. on Sunday.Doors open at 4 p.m. and donations for the alliance will be accepted at the door. Guests are asked to bring a covered dish to share at the potluck dinner.The show begins at 8 p.m., featuring talent from all over the Southeast. Other activities include door prizes and ``Attitude Auction,'' in which nightclub staffers will be auctioned off for dinner dates.The AIDS Resource Alliance works as a case-management agency for people infected and affected by the AIDS virus who live in Lake, Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.


1998 " St. Paul's Catholic Church, Leesburg, will have its fifth annual World AIDS Day prayer service Dec. 1 "

1998 St. Paul's Catholic Church, Leesburg, will have its fifth annual World AIDS Day prayer service Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. This service is for all people infected with or affected by the HIV disease.


1998 " Florida HIV/AIDS Minority Network officially established. "

1999 Florida HIV/AIDS Minority Network officially established.


2003 " Volusia County HIV/AIDS Awareness Events "

HIV/AIDS Awareness Events Volusia - In Brief February 5, 2003 In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Outreach Community Care Network will offer the following events Friday: The staff of Stewart Marchman's Hope House will have free HIV testing and counseling from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dickerson Center, 208 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. There will be food and entertainment. Free testing and counseling will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Daytona Beach Community College, Room 154 in the Student Center. Outreach Community Care Network at 111 N. Frederick Ave., sixth floor, will offer testing from 9 a.m. to noon. The House Next Door at the DeLand Family Center, 254 W. Voorhis Ave., will offer testing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, call 386-255-5569, Ext. 45. The Rev. Michael E. Mitchell and the Rev. Ernest F. Sheffield will offer testing and counseling at Shiloh Baptist Church, 543 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Daytona Beach, from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be speakers and refreshments.


2003 " Aids Resource Alliance Shuts Down "

First Aids Agency Provided Services For Patients In Osceola And Lake, Too. March 21, 2003| By David Damron, Sentinel Staff Writer Florida's first AIDS-resource agency closes its doors today after years of money and leadership problems drove it under, leaving clients to seek help elsewhere. The AIDS Resource Alliance, headquartered in Orlando, provides services in Osceola and Lake Counties as well. "There were so many pieces that had to fall in place perfectly for us. That didn't happen," said ARA Executive Director Mark D'Aoust. "We had to look out for the clients." The Resource Alliance, founded in 1988, offered health and counseling aid, as well as rent, utility, travel and other assistance. With its closure, the Resource Alliance will hand off services to other area agencies. No one knows which ones, yet. Many clients seek help sporadically, and may not learn the agency is closed, leaving them to scramble for a new provider, D'Aoust said. "They may get lost in the system." The group's troubles started after a past director missed a grant request deadline to Orange County officials by 30 seconds, yet the group maintained services as it dug itself into a financial hole. This year, the group was denied another AIDS grant award, based on its financial problems. Resource Alliance officials appealed the decision this month. It failed. Leaders decided to quit. "They've been going through this for several years," D'Aoust said. Beyond this group's downfall, local AIDS services continue to be stretched. Syd McCallister, a senior Orange County coordinator who deals with AIDS grants, said overall local funds have remained flat, at roughly $7.3 million the past two years. If not cut, funding probably will stay the same next year, he said. Yet the AIDS population seeking help continues to grow, from about 3,000 patients served in 2001 to 3,600 in 2002, a roughly 20 percent, one-year spike, McCallister said. High health costs and a bad economy probably will push more AIDS patients to seek public aid soon, he said.


2004 " Central Florida Life Resources Opens Eutis "

June 7, 2004 Central Florida Life Resources, in Eustis, opened earlier this year to help people with HIV/AIDS. State Health Department figures report that 75,697 people statewide have HIV/AIDS. Of those, the department estimates that -- in Lake County towns -- 314 people in Lake, 447 people in Marion, and 71 in Sumter have HIV/AIDS. Founded by Kathryn Johnson, a mental-health therapist, the center offers case management, a food bank, mental-health counseling and free HIV testing in collaboration with Orlando AIDS service organizations. Funding comes from private donations and fundraising events, and volunteers staff the agency. The organization tries to educate the community and dispel myths about HIV/AIDS. The center helps Lake County residents find health-care providers, ways of paying for expensive medicines, and transportation. Central Florida Life Resources helps ameliorate the pressure of finding help for HIV/AIDS in small Southern towns. "Whether you're talking about specialty medical care or social service care, it's not always available in smaller communities," said Kevin Lenhart, who oversees the Lake County Health Department's HIV program. "We've had people travel to Orlando and Gainesville for some of these services." At the National HIV/AIDS Update Conference in March, a study by a director of the AIDS Institute and a CDC researcher reported that the number of people with HIV/AIDS has risen faster in the South than any other region. It suggested that small-town reluctance to discuss sex, sexual orientation and drug use hinders prevention efforts. "This is not a big-city problem," said one heterosexual woman who has been living with AIDS since 1998 and is a client of the center. "All kinds of people are walking around with this. The community really needs to come together to fight it." For information on Central Florida Life Resources, telephone 352-636-2004.


2004 " Central Florida Life Resources Opens Eutis "

June 7, 2004 Central Florida Life Resources, in Eustis, opened earlier this year to help people with HIV/AIDS. State Health Department figures report that 75,697 people statewide have HIV/AIDS. Of those, the department estimates that -- in Lake County towns -- 314 people in Lake, 447 people in Marion, and 71 in Sumter have HIV/AIDS. Founded by Kathryn Johnson, a mental-health therapist, the center offers case management, a food bank, mental-health counseling and free HIV testing in collaboration with Orlando AIDS service organizations. Funding comes from private donations and fundraising events, and volunteers staff the agency. The organization tries to educate the community and dispel myths about HIV/AIDS. The center helps Lake County residents find health-care providers, ways of paying for expensive medicines, and transportation. Central Florida Life Resources helps ameliorate the pressure of finding help for HIV/AIDS in small Southern towns. "Whether you're talking about specialty medical care or social service care, it's not always available in smaller communities," said Kevin Lenhart, who oversees the Lake County Health Department's HIV program. "We've had people travel to Orlando and Gainesville for some of these services." At the National HIV/AIDS Update Conference in March, a study by a director of the AIDS Institute and a CDC researcher reported that the number of people with HIV/AIDS has risen faster in the South than any other region. It suggested that small-town reluctance to discuss sex, sexual orientation and drug use hinders prevention efforts. "This is not a big-city problem," said one heterosexual woman who has been living with AIDS since 1998 and is a client of the center. "All kinds of people are walking around with this. The community really needs to come together to fight it." For information on Central Florida Life Resources, telephone 352-636-2004.


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