The structure of Tuesday’s Angels has changed a bit in recent years, but its resolve to help the causes it cares about has stayed firmly in place.
Three groups each received $10,000 in 2021 from the nonprofit through its donor advisory fund via the Our Fund Foundation in Wilton Manors. All three recipients assist, in their own particular way, people affected by HIV/AIDS in South Florida.
Tuesday’s Angels Board President Mike Ross said funds this year went to SunServe to provide bus passes to clients for transportation needs; Latinos Salud for its PrEP program; and the Pride Center for their HIV programs. In addition, the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale was approved for $5,250 to add a vision screener to its Comprehensive Family AIDS Program (CFAP). All four organizations are ones that Tuesday’s Angels has worked with in the past.
“We are pleased to continue our support of local organizations helping people living with HIV and honoring the mission and legacy of Tuesday's Angels,” Ross said.
That mission and legacy began more than three decades ago. Founded by gay men, Tuesday’s Angels 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.
In early 2018, however, Tuesday’s Angels announced it would dissolve and distribute monies and donations through the donor fund. A 10-year dissolution plan was approved by the Tuesday’s Angels board and filed with the State of Florida, meaning about six years remain.
The advisers of the donor fund are five former Tuesday’s Angels board members, which include Ross, Chuck Nicholls, Bennett Quade, Don Richards and Dick Schwarz.
And while the group had historically directed its funds to those already experiencing the effects of HIV/AIDS, beginning in 2019 groups involved in HIV prevention work in South Florida were also included.
Ross said he’s hopeful that 2022 will look much like 2021 in terms of fund distribution.
“At the present time we have enough money to continue giving grants at the same level as this past year. Please let your readers know that the mission of Tuesday's Angels continues,” Ross said.
Those interested in donating to Tuesday’s Angels through 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.