6th Annual Bar AIDS this Thursday

Wed. August 26, 2009 12:00 AM by Plez

Chicago, IL - On Thursday, August 27, 2009, one of the signature fundraising events of the summer takes place throughout the city: the interesting and innovative 6th Annual Bar AIDS. Started here in Chicago in 2004 and modeled after the very successful Dining Out for Life program, Bar AIDS is a fun and festive philanthropic evening wherein participating bars will donate a portion of the night's proceeds to AIDSCare, a 17-year-old Chicago non-profit organization. While last year's event raised more than $30,000, it is hoped that this year's re-focused efforts and increased number of participating bars will lead to even greater results in 2009.

Billed as "an intoxicating mix of one part night-on-the-town, two parts fundraiser, and a dash of HIV/AIDS awareness," this year's Bar AIDS will have participating venues from all over the city, from the South Loop to Uptown, from Wicker Park to Andersonville, and from River North to Lakeview. Each bar, in order to make the fundraiser as grand and appealing as possible, will create a unique one-of-a kind themed party on the night of Bar AIDS. These parties are sure to excite the bars' regular patrons as well as attract new guests through their doors.

An additional aspect of the fundraiser will be two raffles for which those attending Bar AIDS festivities can purchase tickets. In addition to a variety of prizes being given away at each Participating Bar, there will be a grand prize raffle to include a vacation package and free airfare.

An integral part of the success of Bar AIDS is the use of Bar Ambassadors. In addition to representing AIDSCare on the night of Bar AIDS at one of the Participating Bars, a Bar Ambassador will greet guests and patrons, and sell raffle tickets. Before that night, Ambassadors will receive training and support to ensure an evening that is safe, fun, and successful as well as be expected to invite friends, coworkers and family to their assigned bar.

Participating Bars

Premium Level Participants

Chaise Lounge
1840 W North Ave

The Flat Iron
1565 N Milwaukee Ave

Nick's Beer Garden
1516 N Milwaukee Ave

Nick's On Wilson
1140 W Wilson St

Nick's Uptown
4015 N Sheridan Rd

Top Shelf Level Participants

Encore Liquid Lounge
171 W Randolph St

Fat Cat
4840 N Broadway Ave

Well Level Participants

Bucks Saloon
3439 N Halsted St

Cafe Wha Who
228 W Chicago Ave

Charlie's Chicago
3726 N Broadway Ave

Circuit Night Club
3641 N Halsted St

3359 N Halsted St

Mary's Attic
5400 N Clark St

The Motel Bar
600 W Chicago Ave

Red Kiva
1108 W Randolph St

Spin Nightclub
800 West Belmont

6412 N Clark St

The Velvet Rope
728 Lake St
Oak Park, IL

The Village Tap
2055 W Roscoe St

358 W Ontario St

For more information about Bar AIDS, including an updated list of Participating Bars and what volunteer opportunities exist for that night, call 773.359.0122 or go to the www.BarAIDS.org.

About AIDSCare
Started in 1992, AIDSCare is a charitable non-governmental organization that assists those living with advanced HIV/AIDS in the Chicago area. The charity's goal is to help its clients achieve a higher quality of life through housing, care, support, and wellness services. One of the few HIV/AIDS family-friendly housing facilities in Chicago, AIDSCare maintains three buildings in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city's west side for impoverished people affected by HIV/AIDs. There are 66 housing units that are home to more than a hundred`men, women, and children. Residents are provided case management services, medical and emotional assistance, and general care and wellness services. One of the buildings is specifically a sober-living environment.

AIDSCare has had a vital and rich history in Chicago and will undoubtedly continue to play a pivotal role within the city's HIV/AIDS community, providing compassion and care, creating hope, and strengthening lives. To join the AIDSCare family to help them achieve their ambitious goals, or to just find out more information about the agency, check out their website at www.aidscarechicago.org.