Professional tennis took center stage in Cleveland last night to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS. Several of the biggest names in tennis and music legend Sir Elton John came together at the 19th annual WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO on Thursday night at Cleveland Public Hall, raising more than $500,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. More than $180,000 will stay right here in Cleveland with the AIDS Taskforce.
Smash Hits has been hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King since 1993 and has raised more than $10.5 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local AIDS charities across the US and was staged in Cleveland for the first time last night.
Before the on-court action began, the co-hosts and players attended a pre-match reception and live auction. The top auction items of the night were the two popular Billie Jean King hitting sessions, which King served up for $17,000 each. Other auction items were a 2012 Super Bowl Package, two Elton John-signed piano benches, hitting sessions with Andy Roddick and Martina Navratilova, and a French Open package. The live and silent auctions raised more than $155,000 of the evening’s total. The reception, chaired by avid tennis lovers Rick and Sheila Chiricosta, netted more than $105,000 – all of goes to the AIDS Taskforce. The auction proceeds are split equally between the Taskforce and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
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Join the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland in preparing for next the general election!
Issue 2 – Affecting Working Ohio Families
Issue 3 – Impacting Ohio’s involvement with National Affordable Health Care Initiatives
H.B. 194 – Voter Suppression Bill
Presenters: Dennis Anderson from the Cuyahoga County Board of Election & Wynn Antonio from the North Shore AFL-CIO
Date: October 18, 2011
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
3210 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44115
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Once a year, Choice USA celebrates the amazing work of young activists who are fighting for all of us to have the power, knowledge and tools to control our own bodies and relationships. At their 9th Annual Generation to Generation Celebration on September 23rd in Washington, DC, they honored the achievements of dynamic leaders who are setting new standards, creating new solutions, harnessing new strategies and leveraging their political power.
This year, the Excellence in Leadership Award was given to Danny Sparks, for his work with the Ohio Advocates Youth Leadership Council over the past three years. Ohio Advocates is a joint project of The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and Advocates For Youth. The Excellence in Leadership Award is given to a group or individual 30 AND UNDER who has exhibited radical, unrelenting leadership that led to social change particularly impacting sexual and reproductive health and rights.