Earlier this year Father Bill Collins lost his vehicle after an accident, since then he has continued his philanthropic work for those affected by HIV/AIDS by taking cabs and organizing rides.

“Father Bill is an icon in our community, the best example of what people have to offer,” said AJ Cross who initiated the December 20 benefit at Johnny’s, beginning at 8 p.m. “If anyone deserves a benefit like this it’s Father Bill. The amount of sponsorship is indicative of how much he cares for the community and in turn how much the community cares for him.”

More than 40 LGBT businesses have become involved. The car has been reserved at a special rate with commitments from Autonation and Maroone Ford. In addition to the new car, a 2010 Ford Focus, three years of maintenance is promised, as well as a year’s worth of gas. A driver has also been organized, as Father Bill no longer wishes to drive.

“We need a lot of help and generosity despite the hard economy,” Cross added, asking attendees to donate at the event. “Hopefully people that can make larger donations will help us out. The car will be prominently parked outside of Johnny’s awaiting the news that we have reached our goal.”

Entertainment, and a silent auction with goods totaling over $8,000 are part of the evening, hosted by Dale Madison of the Poverello Center and Russell of The Stable.

In the classic holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life” we learn that when a bell rings an angel gets their wings. By donating to Father Bill’s fund for a new car you’ll know that every time the ignition is turned on you are helping people in need.

Checks can be made out to Poverello Center, memo New Car.

For sponsorship contact AJ Cross at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (754) 367-6366