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Josh Strodtman and Michael Lintecum, co-producers of the 2007 AIDS Bicycle Challenge (ABC), are optimistic that they?ll increase ridership to well over 100 people this year, up from the 62 riders in 2006. This will be the second year of the AIDS Bicycle Challenge in Kansas City. In 2005, the ride was actually called the AIDS Bicycle Tour and held on the Katy Trail in midstate Missouri. The ride was moved to the Kansas City area in 2006 to increase the number of riders and raise more money.
This year is critical to the future of the AIDS Bicycle Challenge.
?I think we?re going to do well enough to continue,? said Lintecum. But he also said the ride had to show growth in riders and money raised to justify the expense and the amount of volunteer time spent. Patti Abshier and Ken Johnson are co-chairs of the event, and members of the AIDS Walk steering committee have also helped out.
Strodtman and Lintecum are quick to point out that this is a fundraising bicycle ride, not a race. Three distances are offered: 10 miles, 18 miles and 35 miles. The 10-mile ride is totally flat and for the average rider takes an hour or less.
Riders can register individually or as part of a team by picking up a pledge form at area bicycle stores, downloading a pledge form or registering online at their website
?I think last year we saw a few teams, but this year we have many more,? Strodtman said. Hope Care Center, KCFitness, Unity and State Street are among the teams already registered.
?People meet their buddies and friends out there,? said Lintecum.
He and Strodtman credited the training rides they established this year for introducing new people to ABC. So far the two have not seen a lot of crossover between the thousands of people who walk in AIDS Walk and those who ride in ABC. ?There?s not a lot of transference,? said Lintecum, who inferred that might be because many of the walkers don?t have bikes or haven?t ridden in some time. Lintecum and Strodtman both said that some people have the misconception that the bicycle ride is only for athletes.
?They still think they have to be trained professional riders,? Lintecum said.
?If a rider feels the ride is too much for them, they do not need to complete it,? Strodtman said.
As with AIDS Walk and the previous AIDS Bicycle Challenge, riders can raise money through FirstGiving on the AIDS Walk Kansas City Web site, www.aidswalkkansascity.org. Both Strodtman and Lintecum credit the First Giving online fundraising as a tremendous boost to those raising money.
They both want people to know that this is an easy, fun ride and a way to help raise important funds for the AIDS Service Foundation?s needs in greater Kansas City.
?Everyone likes the trail,? said Strodtman, referring to the Mill Creek Streamway Trail in Shawnee, where the 2006 ABC was also held. The co-chairs, Ken Johnson and Patti Abshier, planned the routes for all three rides in conjunction with Lintecum and Strodtman. Unlike the more urban PrideRides of years past that rode through city streets and evolved into the AIDS Bicycle Challenge, ABC holds its rides on bicycle paths for safety reasons. They are not locked into the Mill Creek Streamway trail, said Strodtman, when thinking about future rides. ?There might be thoughts about bringing it to another trail closer in like the Tomahawk Creek trail.?
?There will a lot of fun at the events site,? said Lintecum. They?ll be providing a barbecue and games for the riders, any children and guests who aren?t riding.
Sponsorships are doing well and they?re still seeking sponsors, even as of this date, three weeks away from the Oct. 6 ride. They?ll be hosting a Texas Hold?em tournament fundraiser at bar Natasha on Sept. 22, and every Saturday night at Missie B?s during the Flo Show, Flo will be selling raffle tickets for a bicycle donated by Trek Bicycles of Kansas City. Flo will also host another fundraiser for ABC on Sunday, Sept. 30. Through the ride, pledges, sponsorships and fundraisers, they hope to raise more than $20,000 this year.
Riders from other cities are encouraged to participate. Last year they had riders from Springfield, Mo., and Leavenworth, Kan. The host hotel for anyone visiting is the Seville Plaza Hotel, 4309 Main, KCMO, (816) 561-9600 with an AIDS Bicycle Challenge room rate of $89/night.
Strodtman and Lintecum are also gearing up for the April 2008 AIDS Walk. This will be the 20th year of AIDS Walks in Kansas City, and they hope to raise a half-million dollars. The 2007 AIDS Walk raised $440,000. Their first event will be a BeerFest at the Legends Shopping Center on Saturday, Oct. 20.
?We?re excited now -- all the marketing pieces and posters are ready to go up and announce it,? said Strodtman. ?We?re going to be out at different events in the city, Plaza Art Fair, First Fridays in the Crossroads, the Legends on the weekends, selling tickets and promoting the event.? They will also be organizing the Nov. 30 World AIDS Day reception, held again at the Hotel Phillips in downtown Kansas City.
Lintecum and Strodtman also manage events for other groups through the company, The Lintecum Group, such as the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Truman Heartland Community Foundation, Synergy Services and the Airline History Museum. In fact they?re doing a special event for the Airline History Museum in the evening of Oct. 6, the same day as the AIDS Bicycle Challenge, featuring John Travolta. They also do development work for the Heartland Men?s Chorus.
Even if a person can?t ride, Lintecum and Strodtman said, he or she can still donate to the AIDS Bicycle Challenge by sending checks to Box 32192, Kansas City, Mo. 64171, or calling 816-931-0959. They?re also looking for volunteers for this year?s ride or planning and co-chairing next?s year ride, as well as other AIDS Walk activities.
?We really want people to come out and have a great time,? Strodtman said.
Upcoming Events for the AIDS Bicycle Challenge and AIDS Walk
AIDS Bicycle Challenge
Sept. 20. ABC Training Ride, 6 p.m. Trolley Track Trail, Kansas City. Meet on the Trail at Aixois at 55th St. and Brookside Blvd.
Sept. 22. ABC Training Ride, 9 a.m. Mill Creek Streamway Trail. (see directions under AIDS Bicycle Challenge below)
Sept. 22. Texas Hold?em Tournament. 2 p.m. bar Natasha, 1911 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. Registration $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. To register go to: www.firstgiving.com/ddpl2008.
Oct. 6. AIDS Bicycle Challenge. Registration 8 a.m. Ride begins at 9 a.m. Mill Creek Streamway Trail. The ride will begin and end at the Barker Road Access Point to the Mill Creek Streamway Trail in Shawnee, KS. The Barker Road Access point is one mile north of Shawnee Mission Parkway, at 5946 Barker Rd., near the Mid America Sports Complex.
Oct. 20. KC BeerFest, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Legends at Village West, Kansas City, Kan. Proceeds raised by the KC BeerFest benefit the Kansas City Free Health Clinic and the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Tickets are $20 if purchased by Oct. 19 and $25 the day of the event. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.kcbeerfest.com or contact Joe Bellinger at 816-777-2764.
Nov. 30. World AIDS Day Reception. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hotel Phillips, 106 W 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
For more information on all events call 816-931-0959 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Information can be found at www.aidswalkkansascity.org.
Worldwide opera star Renée Fleming will perform in Kansas City on Thursday night, November 18, but the day before, she'll be part of a panel discussion for "Music and the Mind" — a conversation about how music affects the brain, cognitive development, healing and quality of life.
WHAT: Music and the Mind with Renée Fleming
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021
TIME: 4:00-5:30 PM
WHERE: The 1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, KS, 66205
Music has a profound impact and the ability to shape 86 billion neurons in the brain for cognitive development, healing, and therapy. Science research has clearly shown that music therapy interventions can improve quality of life across nearly all neurological disorders. And there is tremendous public-interest in applying music to creative aging, childhood development, and community wellness.
But scientists want to know more.
Join soprano Renée Fleming and a distinguished panel of local Kansas City experts in neurology, music therapy, music and healing, and more for this cutting-edge discussion. Audience members will be able to participate in a Q&A following the panel discussion.
*Please note this Music and the Mind Event is not a musical performance*
As Artistic Advisor at Large to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Renée Fleming has spearheaded a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, with the participation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Sound Health initiative explores and brings attention to research and practice at the intersection of music, health, and neuroscience. This collaboration has led to workshops at the NIH, and events and performances at the Kennedy Center. This initiative has also led the NIH to recently award $20 million dollars in funding for music and neuroscience research over five years.
As part of her advocacy, Fleming is also advisor to the recently launched NEA/UCSF Sound Health Network and co-chair of the Aspen Institute/Johns Hopkins NeuroArts Blueprint, both working to advance the field of arts and health.
This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please call the Harriman-Jewell Series at 816-415-5025 to reserve your seat.
WHAT: Renée Fleming, soprano in recital
WHEN: Thursday, Nov 18, 2021
TIME: 7:00 PM
WHERE: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
COST: Tickets from $25.00 *discounts available for students, educators, first responders, active duty military and veterans with valid I.D.
Pair a glorious voice with a winning personality and you have a diva for the ages. Renée Fleming is a longstanding Harriman-Jewell Series favorite. With her many television and Broadway appearances, Fleming has been embraced by music lovers of all genres.
Whether singing at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the Olympics, or Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, Renée Fleming represents opera to the world. In addition to her numerous operatic performances, Fleming often works classic show tunes and the Great American Songbook into her recitals. Fleming’s trademark rapport with audiences will give her Kansas City performance a warmth that is personal and sincere.
Rob Ainsley is pianist for the recital. His diverse career as a musician, conductor, educator, and administrator has taken him to top organizations and colleges from coast to coast. He now serves as Director of the Washington National Opera’s Cafritz Young Artists and American Opera Initiative. Ainsley performed with Renée Fleming in The Metropolitan Opera’s August 2020 “Met Stars Live in Concert” that was streamed worldwide.
ABOUT THE HARRIMAN-JEWELL SERIES
Renée Fleming's recital will mark the 977th performance since the Series was founded in 1965. From free education events that allow interaction with musicians and dancers, to our free Discovery Concerts that are open to the community, the Harriman-Jewell Series continues to offer life-enriching opportunities for its community's youth and lifelong learners.
Whether you're spreading truth, information, or love, traveling abroad for humanitarian reasons can have risks. Detained American journalist in Myanmar, Danny Fenster, is to be released from jail, and to fly home soon. But it doesn't always end well for every foreign national attempting to do good in a foreign country.
The missionaries consisting of sixteen Americans and one Canadian kidnapped by the Haitian “400 Mawozo” gang on October 16, is extremely scary. The gang has threatened to kill the humanitarian Christians if a million dollar per person ransom is not fulfilled. The group consists of men, women, children and an eight-month-old baby.
These missionaries have sacrificed their time and paid their own way to go to the poorest place in the Western hemisphere to try to spread God’s love and save some souls. In turn, the missionaries are experiencing a nightmare like they’ve never imagined. They’re imprisoned and being threatened with a bullet in the head.
Most of us will never get over seeing journalists being beheaded and tortured in Syria and Iraq by the barbaric Islamic extremist group called ISIL. Burning people alive and beheading others were too graphic and gruesome to ever be forgotten.
Years ago, I traveled to a third world country on a “missionary trip” with others thinking it would be a nice break. I’ve never worked so hard in my life.
Sadly, the 17 missionaries in Haiti are undergoing a cruel experience that may end with the cost of their very lives. What are they thinking now? What is going through the minds of the little children who traveled to a world to help others and spread God’s love?
Haiti has been the site of years of humanitarian efforts. The United States and other countries have given billions of dollars to help Haiti. Sadly, hurricanes, political unrest, underdevelopment and extreme poverty have all made for a sad scenario.
How much money would the world have to give to Haiti to make life better for this nation? This is a question no one can answer because usually aid is a short-term solution. We spent a trillion dollars in Afghanistan and they aren’t any better off today.
Good missionary people went to Haiti with good hearts for helping others in the name of God’s love. They went to share a message they hoped would bring about change and better lives. They may now lose their lives.
Christians point to Jesus as the model for such missionary efforts. He came preaching and teaching in an effort to demonstrate and spread God’s love and it cost him plenty – his life, executed in public on a cross.
There are some Christians today who, like Jesus, are willing to risk their lives for the sake of others. Did these men and women literally go to Haiti taking their children with them truly believe they could be killed? Would they purposefully do this to their children? Who convinced these people that such a trip with small children was a good idea?
My goal here is to simply say, think about such trips to places like Haiti. Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Nigeria and numerous others countries are not vacation spots. Foreign travel may sound exotic and adventurous but consider the possible cost.
Many missionaries and Christian workers have paid the ultimate price in order to spread the gospel of Christ. Only eternity will reveal what their selfless sacrifice has meant to those whose lives they impacted.
By chance, if you decide such an international trip is not for you, don’t feel bad. Consider helping in an American inner city, Appalachia or maybe your own neighborhood. Service at home is needed across America.
Let’s pray for the safety of these missionaries and for those negotiating their release. May God help them and all who may consider such endeavors.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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The Black Trans Fund, incubated at Groundswell Fund, and Grantmakers for Girls of Color launched the Holding a Sister Initiative, the first-ever national fund explicitly dedicated to transgender girls and gender-expansive youth of color.
Dr. Monique W. Morris, president and CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, and Bré Rivera, program director of the Black Trans Fund are together spearheading the Holding a Sister Initiative to bring attention and resources to organizations supporting trans girls of color, normalize concern and investment in their success, and create learning opportunities for cis and trans girls of color to move in deeper community with one another.
The initiative will award $1 million in grants in the first year, and will ultimately engage trans girls and gender-expansive youth of color in the decision-making process for selecting grantees on an ongoing basis.
While there has been an increase in donor attention to work led by people of color, it has yet to translate into significant gains in funding for trans and gender-expansive youth of color.
According to recent regional studies in Detroit, South Florida and New Orleans, trans women of color face higher levels of hunger, homelessness, unemployment, incarceration and discrimination. At the same time, the majority of this year's record-breaking anti-trans legislation are targeted to affect youth, including bills that prevent transgender athletes from playing in school sports and the "Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act." Research has show sharp rises in suicide attempts among trans youth during 2020 and 2021.
"The reality is transgender and gender-expansive youth of color require more attention, and resources to interrupt the staggering intersections of trauma and crises they experience," said Bré Rivera.
The initiative joins existing funding intermediaries who have been leading the work to resource trans communities and engage trans people in the direction and distribution of resources, including the Third Wave Fund, the Black Trans Travel Fund, and Fund for Trans Generations. As funding partners, the Black Trans Fund and Grantmakers for Girls of Color aim to expand and transform philanthropy's investments in trans and gender-nonconforming youth. The initiative will move resources to organizations serving and led by trans girls and young women of color. It will also amplify narratives that elevate the humanity, dignity and leadership of trans and gender-expansive youth of color, as well as the ways their experiences and contributions have been overlooked, minimized and targeted by oppositional and systemic forces, and larger social justice movements.
The Holding a Sister Initiative will be led by a manager, who will steward culture change through grantmaking, capacity building, narrative shifting and philanthropic organizing. The position is currently open for applicants.
About Grantmakers for Girls of Color
Fiscally-sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4GC) works to mobilize resources and amplify transformative organizing work to dismantle systems of oppression led by girls and gender-expansive youth of color. Grantmakers for Girls of Color openly invites partners and stakeholders to co-create an inclusive space in support of girls, young women, and gender-expansive youth of color across programmatic issues and geographic areas. Learn more by visiting Grantmakers for Girls of Color.
About the Black Trans Fund
The Black Trans Fund is a groundbreaking endeavor: the first national fund in the country dedicated to uplifting and resourcing Black trans social justice leaders. BTF seeks to address the lack of funding for Black trans communities in the U.S. through direct grantmaking, capacity building support, and funder organizing to transform philanthropy. Learn more by visiting Black Trans Fund.