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On May 12, 2015, Voces Latinas will host in collaboration with Queens HIV Care Network its 14th Annual Women’s Luncheon from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Riccardo’s by the Bridge. In previous years, this event has brought together women and stakeholders to discuss the current status of HIV/AIDs within and outside of our community. The focus has been to learn more about prevention and connect to resources. The topics have ranged from violence prevention, immigration, mental health, and many others. However, this year, in addition to building on our previous legacy, we would like to also raise the necessary funds to continue expanding our vision and advancing our mission to reduce the rate of HIV transmission and violence among women. So while the event will take place at a beautiful familiar location, it requires a higher fee for us to take on.
We believe our community deserves an afternoon of education, entertainment, and (re)connecting. Therefore, in order for us to reserve the venue we will need to charge a registration fee for the first time in the 14 years we have been hosting the Women’s Luncheon. The turnout continues to grow each year and we want to make this luncheon an even more memorable one. After all, it is the only event in the borough of Queens that focuses on the intersecting issues of violence, HIV and women. We intend to offer a new experience for all of our guests at this year’s event.
Voces Latinas is a culturally competent grassroots organization that seeks to reduce the numerous barriers to care faced by immigrant Latin@s. At Voces Latinas, the particulars of individual cases is often examined against the broader cultural context in which they occur and the health effects of social and economic structures. We firmly believe in empowering, educating, and providing leadership and advocacy trainings for our community in order to mobilize meaningful change. Voces Latinas is embedded in the tradition of the cultures we serve, and thus our vision does mirror the diversity of our community, the relevant difficulties they face, and the tools we put forward to collectively build a healthier Queens community. Queens HIV Care Network also shares a similar vision, which is to enhance the coordination of existing HIV/AIDS services, to increase community awareness of HIV/AIDS services, and to develop strategies for expanding HIV services for the borough of Queens.
The network serves as a forum for customers and providers for HIV/AIDS services in the borough of Queens. Once more we extend an invitation to healthcare providers from all parts of Queens and the greater New York City area to participate. However, rest assured we will also have new and diverse participants to highlight how and why violence remains a co-factor to HIV/AIDS. We will continue to offer comprehensive resources at this event, but we also would like to share our challenges, victories, and powers to improve the lives of our families and community together.
This year’s theme asks, “Who is your (S)hero?” We would like to recognize and honor the many unsung heroes who have directly or incidentally improved the quality of life of many of our survivors. Ever so often, we find individuals in our paths who inspire us to be better persons, who make a substantive contribution to our well being, who makes us feel safe, who help us unconditionally during our times of needs, who believe in us, and who hold our hands through the good and bad so we may move forward. This year we would like to celebrate them and acknowledge their particular role in making our loads lighter, our hearts bigger, and our spirits stronger as survivors of violence and/or HIV or activists in the fight to intervene in these health Disparities. It can be your mother, friend, neighbor, co-worker, or whoever else meets that criterion in your life. Only you know. We ask you to let us know so we can honor them accordingly.
This year’s Women’s Luncheon program will include education and information on resources, an update on our present and future programming, performances, raffles, an auction, and a special screening of our 7-minute short entitled, “One more Test, One more Life.” This short will reflect on our 2015 campaign of the same name. It will be an opportunity to (re)connect with our work, while also learning ways to support it.
This event will directly benefit all of the women who live with or at risk for HIV and domestic violence through the services we offer at Voces Latinas. Your contribution will directly impact the lives of women in Queens. As our planning committee prepares for this undertaking, we would like to ask for your support. If you would like to make a non-monetary donation for our auction or raffles or if you would like to donate services, please know that any and all support is greatly appreciated.
Each ticket affords you a walk through our red carpet, a commemorative journal, breakfast and lunch, full participation at the event, and an inspirational time. To purchase tickets and see description of prices, please go directly to the following link:
You can also buy a ticket for someone who you think is a (S)hero.
If you are unable to attend but still would like to honor your (S)hero, you can purchase an ad in our commemorative journal. We will send one directly to you as a memento. If you would like to promote your business through the purchase of an advertisement in our journal, you can directly contact us as well.
We thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to the 14th Annual Women’s Luncheon. Your generosity will make a big difference in our community by allowing us to continue and grow in our work. Remember, every donation makes a difference, regardless of size. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.
This year we have only 200 seats available for the event. Please get your Ticket as soon as possible so We
can count on your presence. !