The World AIDS Museum (WAM) is making a cross-country connection with the Arizona Cardinals, the NFL team that plays in Phoenix.

WAM, the Cardinals, and CAN Community Health are partnering up for Arizona Cardinals Equality Night on Nov. 27 at their stadium in Phoenix.

WAM Executive Director, Terry Dyer, says this is a perfect example of the museum’s plan to expand visibility and reach.

“WAM’s mission to decrease the stigma of HIV and AIDS is important to all communities. HIV impacts all of us, not just the LGBTQ+ community. This partnership with such major organizations is the first step for WAM to be that go-to agency for the preservation of history and educational programming. We are targeting communities across the country to collaborate with in different capacities.”

The night will also include a special presentation of the Star Spangled Banner by the Phoenix Gay Men’s Chorus.

WAM says CAN Community Health has scheduled numerous meetings for WAM on Nov. 28 with several local leaders. The goal is to discuss how WAM can bring its work to the area, both in and out of the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to outreach, WAM will also get a portion of the event’s 50/50 raffle. “Everything I do is under the mantra of ‘go big or go home,’” Dyer says. “It sets the tone for the future and constantly gives me something to strive toward.”

RED’y To Go

This comes as WAM hits the home stretch of preparing for its Red Dress/Dress Red Gala. It’s set for February 4, 2023 at the Design Center of The Americas (DCOTA). And like the event in Phoenix, it’s beyond what WAM has done. “Traditionally, WAM has not produced an annual gala. I want to take the organization to the next level, strengthening our educational programs, connecting and collaborating nationally, and focusing on innovation.”

Despite being more than two months out from the event, Dyer says excitement is already there. “Ticket sales are going very well. The most bang for the buck is the VIP ticket option. This includes transportation to and from the event, food and beverage, private reception that includes live entertainment, private restrooms, free parking and a dance party. The General Admission ticket will include beverages, parking, and the dance party.

Money from the gala will benefit WAM’s Florida AIDS Walk team, which means all the funds will be matched by AHF.