News and Updates
Dear Friends & Artists,
Artopia 2015 is right around the corner, and this year’s event stands to be the biggest and most rewarding ever for the families that we serve. It is hard to believe that Big Bend Cares has been hosting the area’s largest charity art auction for 17 years! Because the number of attendees and artists continues to grow, we will be holding the event at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Saturday, June 27. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the general public, with a VIP private showing starting at 6 p.m.
You may notice that we are getting in touch with our artists a couple months earlier than in years past, and we’re doing it for a reason. Big Bend Cares values your time and talent, and we want to provide you with the maximum amount of time possible to make giving easy. We understand and appreciate hard work that goes into creating art, and we value both you and your contributions.
With only a few deliveries to go, #HolidayAngels has been a huge success! We would like to say thank you to all of our sponsors and donors for making this a special Christmas for some kids who could use a little lift. A special thank you must also be given to Tallahassee Sunrise Rotary, Krewe de Gras and The Tallahassee Kickball Association for your tremendous generosity.
We’d also want to thank our staff, their families and our volunteers who sacrificed their own time at Christmas to wrap and distribute over one thousand toys, one thousand clothing items and hundreds of food items. There are special people in this world and the BBC family is blessed!
From all of us at Big Bend Cares, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Be safe and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.
Today, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) announced more than $3.2 million in new grants, bringing the Foundation’s total grant disbursements for the calendar year 2014 to more than $6.8 million.
With this third and final round of grant-making for the year, EJAF awarded 12 new and 40 renewal grants to innovative projects addressing the Foundation’s strategic grant priorities. This final round includes six new grants funded under EJAF’s LGBTQ Community Initiative, which brings the Foundation’s investments in this new initiative to more than $1.1 million this year.
These end-of-year grants represent EJAF’s continued commitment to helping all people infected with HIV and combatting stigma in communities most threatened by the virus.
“The Elton John AIDS Foundation is committed to confronting HIV/AIDS where it exists,” said EJAF Founder Elton John. “We recognize that the health needs and rights of LGBTQ people are critical components to ending HIV in the United States. The Foundation also recognizes the lack of funding and leadership in this area and is rising to the challenge to meet this need.”
We are deeply grateful to all of our generous and loyal donors for supporting EJAF’s life-saving work.
Scott P. Campbell
Big Bend Cares
2201 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301