I want to thank Damon Scott for doing a comprehensive article "A Bittersweet Farewell to Tuesday's Angels (March 28, 2018, Vol.9//issue 13).
I have enjoyed the last 21 years on the board of this great organization. This represents one-fourth of my lifetime evolved with an endeavor that I have thoroughly enjoyed over the years. Yes...this is also a very bittersweet period for me.
The Tuesday's Angels organization has had great community support over the years. Our 100% Bike Ride was a model for the current Smart Ride whereby all funds donated went to help those with HIV/AIDS. Bike rides in the past generally had significant overhead. I am proud of our many bikers, support teams and other volunteers that helped make this a success for 13 years.
There were other firsts that I was happy to either organize or be invoked in. We were the first organization to hold the first fundraiser at The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art for the Princess Diana exhibit. Following the opening there were 80 organizations that hosted events while this exhibit was in town. Another first was the Fort Lauderdale premier of the classic movie Brokeback Mountain. The Gateway Theater was very generous in lending their support to Tuesday's Angels.
I also want to thank Don Clark for his support in designating Tuesday's Angels as the beneficiary for the Boxers and Briefs event held annually for the past 12 years. This is a fundraiser that brings together most of the bars in the area for a common cause. The Celebration Of Friends (Tom Pence) events primarily held in Fort Lauderdale has also helped us grow and provide needed services to our clients. The South Florida Gay News also provided us with proceeds from many anniversary dinners over the years. Members also enjoyed listening to Norm Kent when he spoke at our dinners.
There is one individual in particular that I would like to thank for giving much exposure and publicity to our organization. No amount of dollars could have given our organization (with no overhead) what Pompano Bill has done with his camera. His skillful eyes have captured the work that we do and made it known to our South Florida Community.
I along with three current members of the Tuesday's Angels board will continue to be Agents (Trustees) with the Our Fund organization and will aid in the distribution of funds for the coming years. Donations will continue to be accepted by the Tuesday's Angel's Fund at Our Fund.
Sincerely, Chuck Nicholls
Vice President and
Immediate Past President