The 4th Annual New Jersey AIDS Walk - SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014
Thank you all for making the Kickoff Extravaganza successful!
Buddies is one of New Jersey's Premier AIDS Service Organizations, spanning every region of the Garden State, joining together to raise awareness and funds for those living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS.
An estimated 55,000 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in New Jersey, our state has the fifth highest rate of reported cases of HIV infection in the United States. Although people living with HIV/AIDS often face acts of prejudice and discrimination, AIDS is an equal opportunity virus. The "at risk" populations include all races, religions, sexual orientations, age groups and socio-economic classes.
You are invited to be part of the solution in ending the effects of HIV/AIDS in this state by walking with and/or Sponsoring the 2014 New Jersey AIDS Walk. Join 5 of New Jersey's Premier AIDS Service Organizations, spanning every region of the Garden State, in raising awareness and funds for those living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. Buddies of NJ, hopes you will join us at our site: the Saddle River County Park (Ridgewood Duck Pond) in Ridgewood, NJ.
ONE DAY – ONE CAUSE –
RIDGEWOOD – Morristown – Newark – Asbury Park – Atlantic City
AIDS WALK LOCATION: Ridgewood Duck Pond in Saddle River County Park, 1133 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ, 07450
EVENT DETAILS: The event will begin at 11:00 am with Registration, during this time participants may help themselves to refreshments, view panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and enjoy entertainment that will be there for all. All are invited; there is no minimum to register. We do ask for a minimum of $50. donation to receive a ticket which gives the walker access to t-shirts and any giveaways on that day.
At 12:30 pm, everyone will gather at the Pavilion for the opening ceremony and group photo. There will be a step-off speech as well as an opportunity to meet with local politicians.
Participants (in Ridgewood and the other locations) step-off for the 5K Walk at 1:00 pm. Water will be supplied along the route. Refreshments will again be available at the end for any who chooses to donate; all donations will be given to provide services for clients of Buddies of NJ, Inc. Thank you so much!!!
Expected attendance is > 2100 statewide. It is our goal, through advertising and promotions, to reach the over 8 million residents infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Please save the date and look out for more information to come in 2014!
CALL ANYTIME IF YOU NEED HELP at: 201-489-2900, or 201-290-1539.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES;
Remembering A Friend - Stephen Scheuermann
This year as we put in extra efforts in making the New Jersey AIDS WALK and NJ BUDDIES KICKOFF EXTRAVAGANZA successful... we cannot forget to do it in a spirit which gives our all, crosses as many T's as possible, and yet, always remembers to have fun along the way. Thank you, Steve, for showing such a wonderful way to help others.
Ocean Grove Retreat for HIV+ GAY or BI MEN
FRIDAY, MAY 9th to SUNDAY, MAY 11th, 2014
Buddies of NJ seeks to provide a peaceful space where adult men may escape the demands of everyday life. This 3-Day Retreat is offered at a fraction of the cost of similar retreats in surrounding areas. The affordability of this weekend is a gift from Jim at Bath Avenue House is donating nearly half of the lodging cost in memory of his friend and Buddies' former Director Stephen Scheuermann.
HIV is a virus that changes our lives forever in ways that we never expect. So much of it is difficult, yet, so much more is an opportunity to renew who we are and how we take care of ourselves... even when we slip backward. We are not much different than other people who decide to turn their struggles into championships. HIV, however, is a unique challenge and it helps finding support from others who experience similar twists in: health, lifestyles, family, relationships, employment, legalities, spirituality, and more.
Participants will be able to see the Jersey shore and breathe it in, just as the warm weather begins to envelop its coast. Gay and Bi men will have a chance to relax and enjoy themselves and others who are different, yet, share similar life circumstances. It is a time to gain awareness of where we are in life and to where life may be calling us. It is a time to discover and acknowledge our strengths, weaknesses, talents, frailties, desires, needs, and more... Together we create a safe, stigma-free environment where we have us a chance to articulate who and what may support us in our journeys towards a better life. This is not an intense weekend of problem solving; it is going to be relaxing and fun!
Mother's day is so special to those of us who still have them. It can be even more so to those who lost their presence due to passing or estrangement. Do not be afraid of taking this time for yourself on Mother's Day Weekend... Firstly, we are no more than 90 minutes from anyone's home. Secondly, we will be sending you home with a small gift for mom. And lastly, it is a life enhancing gift that may honor anyone who cares for you... any mom should be more than proud to receive such a gift on Mother's Day!
YOU MAY ATTEND: Any adult man who self identifies as gay or bi-sexual may apply to attend regardless of age, race, nationality, socio-economic status, looks, religious beliefs, or political stature. Just remember that selected applicants will only be those who can present a proof of status and/or demonstrate how HIV strongly affects their lives. Anyone who pays prior to filing application is entitled to full refund if not selected.
If you are coming for any other reasons than: self-enhancement, relaxation, fun, and/or brief time away from responsibilities... you may choose not to apply or to call and find out if you may experience what you hope to out of this retreat. Space is limited; apply soon! The cost is only $130.00 per person paid in advance to NJB by check or online at Eventbrite below.
Fundraising and Social Activities: A significant portion of New Jersey Buddies' annual revenue comes from individual volunteer contributions and fundraising activities. These fundraising activities focus on providing opportunities for fun and socialization among the hundreds of New Jersey Buddies volunteers and clients.