Media Contact:
Jeff Berry, Interim CEO
Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN)
5050 N. Broadway, Suite 300
Chicago, IL  60640
773.989.9400 x 260

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TPAN to make personal connections with its supporters in 2014

CHICAGO, IL (January 28, 2014) -- TPAN, Chicago’s oldest peer-led HIV/AIDS service organization, announced that it is making a more personal connection with its donors, clients, staff and volunteers by focusing its efforts in 2014 on opportunities that foster conversations that will continue beyond a single event. Recent successful events such as Barlesque, the Holiday Open House, and the upcoming Ride for AIDS Chicago, along with personal house parties, align with TPAN’s mission to help wipe out the stigma of HIV and AIDS.

“To put our efforts behind these conversations, we are taking a year off from Chicago Takes Off, our annual burlesque event,” said Interim CEO Jeff Berry. “We appreciate the generosity of the arts community and everyone who has been a part of this event in the past. While we are extremely saddened that CTO will not take place this year, it’s TPAN’s sincere hope that this decision will allow us to refocus our business development plan, and come back in 2015 with a CTO that is bigger and stronger than ever.”

TPAN recently moved into its new office space at 5050 N. Broadway in October of 2013, and along with the physical move came some internal restructuring. Considering everything that it takes to put on an event of this size and nature, the logistics involved, the capacity of its staff, and the best use of resources during this time of transition at the organization, TPAN leadership decided to not hold the event this year.
“It was a difficult decision and one that was not made lightly, but arrived at only after taking into consideration all of the many different factors involved,” said Berry.

TPAN invites everyone to join them at future events they are hosting at places such as Progress Bar, the winner of Barlesque, as well as participate in its 11th annual Ride for AIDS Chicago, July 12–13. To learn more about RFAC and future events visit rideforaids.org and tpan.com.

About TPAN
TPAN is the oldest peer-led HIV/AIDS social service organization in Chicago. TPAN’s mission is to empower everyone living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS to live open, healthy, and productive lives. TPAN delivers innovative peer-led support programs and collaborative wellness services and disseminates accurate, comprehensive information through direct service programming and its national treatment magazine Positively Aware. TPAN will continue to do so until HIV/AIDS is eradicated.

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