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Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King are bringing their annual World TeamTennis Smash Hits charity night of tennis to Cleveland


Pre-match VIP Reception and Live Auction

Mingle with Sir Elton John & Billie Jean King as well as all of the players, sit court-side for the match, enjoy world-class tennis, and have the opportunity to bid on once in a lifetime items at the pre-match VIP Reception and Live Auction. Past auctions have included items such as Billie Jean King’s Wimbledon Centre Court seats, one of Sir Elton John’s signed piano benches, Super Bowl tickets and more!

Host Committee opportunities begin at $10,000 and feature an exclusive photo with Billie Jean and Elton among many other benefits. Individual VIP ticket opportunities and sponsorships begin at $1,000. All proceeds from the VIP Reception benefit the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, and all live auction proceeds benefit the AIDS Taskforce and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

For information on how to be a part of this amazing opportunity, please call John Farina at 216-357-2221 or e-mail him at jfarina@atfgc.org.

New York, N.Y. (August 16, 2011) — Longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King are bringing their annual World TeamTennis Smash Hits charity night of tennis to Cleveland for the first time in the event’s 19-year history. Tennis greats Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Amelie Mauresmo, Coco Vandeweghe, and Jan-Michael Gambill will join other top players for WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Public Hall in Cleveland. Tickets for the one-night event can be purchased HERE. The event is produced by World TeamTennis in association with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

Smash Hits has raised more than $10 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and various local AIDS charities since 1993. This year’s event will benefit EJAF and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. The funds raised at the pre-match Smash Hits VIP Reception will be specifically targeted for local programs.
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Feast & Frolic Tickets are selling FAST!

To purchase tickets, please click HERE.

‘Feast & Frolic’ is an entertaining and fun new way to show your support for the Taskforce. It is a party series held in homes and special locations all over Cleveland from early September through late October. Your generous hosts are underwriting the costs of their events and all proceeds go directly to the AIDS Taskforce. So, grab your friends and come have a great time with our gracious hosts and fellow Taskforce supporters!

Come to one, come to several or come to them all, but be sure to register early as these cool parties will sell out fast! More information including how to register and detailed descriptions of each party are available at our website or by calling Rebecca Strong at 216-621-0766, ext 232.

‘Feast & Frolic’ is presented with the very generous support of PNC Bank.
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Update on the Ohio AIDS Drug Assistance Program

The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland applauds the commitment of elected and governmental officials that are now supporting our efforts. We have had many conversations and meetings with officials regarding OHDAP and HIV/AIDS funding. We believe that our voices are being heard.

Small achievements such as the move from Ohio’s Ryan White Part B office to enroll large numbers of individuals into OHDAP are encouraging. On July 8th, 2011 OHDAP had a waiting list of 492. As of September 2nd, 2011 there were 59 individuals on the waiting list. Ohio officials have made a commitment to make efforts to temporarily eliminate the waiting list and enroll those in need directly into OHDAP, at least for the remainder of the year.

Ryan White Part B is also reviewing the reduced formulary, with discussions of possibly reinstating some of the medications that had been removed due to cost-containment measures.

Vigilance is still needed, however, with an eye toward next year’s budget. The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland continues to work with our legislators and decision-makers to ensure the protection of these vital safety-net services for all Ohioans living with HIV.