(Mirror) The mission of Tuesdays Angels changed a bit in 2019, but its resolve to help the causes it cares about stayed firmly in place.

Three groups received their share of $25,000 in December from Tuesdays Angels via its donor advisory fund through the Our Fund Foundation in Wilton Manors. 

All three recipients assist, in different ways, those living with HIV/AIDS in South Florida.

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Were really happy weve been able to continue to work with organizations weve worked with in the past,” Tuesdays Angels president Mike Ross said.

In early 2018, Tuesdays Angels announced it would dissolve after almost 30 years in operation. Now it distributes monies and donations through its donor fund.

The group – founded by gay men – became well known for a once a month Tuesday dinner in Wilton Manors where a hat was passed around for donations to go to those in crisis due to HIV/AIDS. 

The group has historically directed its funds to assist those already experiencing the effects of HIV/AIDS. The mission changed in 2019 to include HIV prevention efforts in South Florida through a new HIV/AIDS fund, also administered through Our Fund.

The groups leadership said the new fund was specifically needed to assist efforts to combat the spread of new transmissions in South Florida. 

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The issue is urgent, they said, as the prevalence of new HIV infections in Broward County and Miami-Dade County has risen, even as the rate has plummeted nationally. 

Both Florida counties have landed at or near the top for new infections since 2014.

Three awardees 

The first of its final awardees for 2019 was the Children's Diagnostics & Treatment Center. It received $5,000 for its pediatric dental clinic. 

While the CDTC has been supported by the group previously, this is the first time funds have been directed specifically to the clinic. The clinic cares for pediatric patients living with HIV. 

Tuesdays Angels said the funds are critical because there is a higher instance of dental issues in HIV-positive children compared to their counterparts due to the effects of antiretroviral medications.

The second organization to receive funds – $10,000 – was the Pet Project for Pets in Wilton Manors.

The nonprofit assists more than 1,650 pets and their financially-challenged owners who are either affected by HIV/AIDS or a terminal illness or disability. LGBT seniors, in general, are eligible for assistance as well. 

The Pet Project tries to keep pets at home with their owners and out of shelters.

Clients receive pet food, supplies and vaccines. If a client is homebound, volunteers will deliver to them.

This is the first time Tuesdays Angels has donated funds to the Pet Project.

And finally, SunServe in Wilton Manors received $10,000 for its Bus Pass Program. 

SunServe and Tuesdays Angels have teamed up for many years to provide bus passes for transportation to medical appointments for clients affected by HIV/AIDS.

 

2020 focus

In late 2019, the group announced it would dissolve in five years instead of 10. 

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The accelerated transitionary period will allow more monies from the advisory fund to go out each year, Tuesdays Angels president Mike Ross said.

Ross said Tuesdays Angels donor advisors are meeting in January to talk about plans for giving in 2020 and to evaluate how things went in 2019.

Were not sure who is going to approach us [for funding requests],” he said. We are open to HIV organizations.”

Those interested in donating to the Tuesdays Angels Fund at the Our Fund Foundation can go to our-fund.org.  

Groups interested in requesting funds can go online as well or call 954-565-1090.

 

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