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2011 Dancin’ in the Streets

July 31, 2011
3:00 pmto11:00 pm
3:00 pmto11:00 pm

One of Cleveland’s biggest LGBT events raising money and awareness for the AIDS Taskforce and the HIV/AIDS community – Dancin’ in the Streets – returns this year on July 31, 2011. This year’s event is, as it has been since 2005, a collaboration between the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and John Katsaros – one of the most philanthropic business owners in the Cleveland’s LGBT community.

AIDS has been with us for the last 30 years and Dancin’ in the Streets has been around for 27 of them. To commemorate 30 years of loss, love and life, the AIDS Taskforce and John Katsaros are proud to announce that this year’s Dancin’ in the Streets will be FREE!

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a contribution by clicking here.

The AIDS Taskforce and the many volunteers planning Dancin take very seriously the commitment to maintaining an event that is accessible to people in our community while raising much needed funds to support people with HIV/AIDS.

That is why the agency is asking the community to show their support on July 31 by donating as generously as they can at the event gates. A minimum donation of $10 is requested – but individuals are encouraged to donate more if they can, or something less if they can’t. Every donation, no matter how great or small, is tremendously welcomed and appreciated.

The generosity of everyone at the gates to Dancin’ in the form of donations, as well as all outdoor beer and vodka sales, goes directly to AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and provides crucial support to this important community organization.

In addition, with a minimum donation of $10, attendees will also be able to enjoy discounts on beverages purchased outdoors at Dancin’ all day long. No tickets are needed and no one will be turned away. (For those who have purchased tickets in advance, 100% of your donation will go directly to the AIDS Taskforce and the drink discount will be honored.)

“Dancin’ in the Streets is a part of our LGBT and HIV/AIDS community. No individual or entity owns Dancin’; it belongs to the community, “ said Tracy Jones, CEO of the AIDS Taskforce. “It belongs to the thousands of people who have come together over the years to make a difference in the lives of people impacted by HIV/AIDS. It belongs to the thousands of clients of the AIDS Taskforce who have benefitted over the years from the generosity of people just like you. Dancin’ belongs to all of us.”

In some years Dancin’ was a make-or-break event: if the event didn’t succeed, the Taskforce didn’t pay its bills. Things are a little different today, but the volunteers, passion, and money to keep providing services and working to prevent new infections is still necessary. While Dancin’ may no longer be directly managed by the Taskforce, it still plays a critical role in the agency’s success.

The event kicks off at 3 pm on Clifton Boulevard between West 116 and West 117 Streets and runs until 11 pm. All donations made at the gate and through outdoor beer and vodka sales are 100% directly contributed to the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. So, on July 31, please join us at one of Cleveland’s favorite events for another day of fun, laughter, love, music and most of all, dancing!