As you can see by our cover photo, the AIDS Walk Open golf tourney and pub crawl scheduled for March 1 is right around the corner. On the cover you’ll see the lovely ladies who won the grand prize in 2013 in their police uniforms from last year.

This year the co-chairs are: Eric Thomas and Terri and Mike Hurd. The annual event raises more than $20,000 each year. Josh Strodtman, associate producer for AIDS Walk events, said he expects this year’s AIDS Walk Open to raise even more money because the number of bars participating has increased.

Twelve bars will participate this year in the putt-putt pub crawl, up from nine bars in the past. Teams are required to play at six bars, and they can play at up to nine if they wish. Teams typically are made up of four people, but teams of three are also allowed. Costumes are encouraged. The best-dressed team is determined by the scorekeepers. Once again, the day will culminate with a big after-party at Missie B’s.

The grand-prize winners will receive a case of Miller Lite per player per month for a year. Prizes will also be awarded for the best-dressed team and the best of show (best hole). A number of raffle prizes are also planned. Registration goes live Jan. 30 at

As always, volunteers are needed. It takes more than 100 volunteers for AIDS Walk Open. To volunteer for any AIDS Walk event or to be a sponsor, contact Michael Lintecum, AIDS Walk event director,, or go to on Jan. 30 or later.
Carni Val-O-Ween
Another AIDS Walk fundraising event will be the Millennial League’s 5th annual Val-O-Ween event at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Madrid Theatre, 3810 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. The theme is “Carni Val-O-Ween.” Expect a night of great costumes, food, drink, and great fun benefiting the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

Tickets start at $25 until Jan. 31. After that, prices range from $30 to $1,000, depending on the level of sponsorship. For tickets and more information, go to
AIDS Walk 2014

This year’s co-chairs for the April 26 walk are Ryan Gove and Doug Swink, and Dean Cox and Bryan McQueen. The theme is “We Are Family.” Mayor Sly James has been invited to lead the crowd of walkers, as he has done in previous years. As with all events, volunteers and sponsors are needed.
AIDS Walk Kansas City 2014 Events
Thursday, Jan. 30
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Californos Westport
4124 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, Mo.
Come help AIDS Walk organizers, team captains, sponsors and friends kick off the 26th annual event. Food, cash bar and fun will be highlights.

Mosaic Tile Painting Day:
Sunday, Feb. 23
1-4 p.m.
Hoop Dog Studio
3308 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
Come out and paint a tile to be displayed at the April 4 Mosaic. Supplies provided. Volunteers will fire the tiles in a kiln.

Saturday, March 1
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Midtown participating bars
Kansas City, Mo.
Join hundreds of other miniature golf enthusiasts as they fight HIV/AIDS by playing putt-putt, enjoying Miller Lite specials and taking opportunities to win prizes.
Friday, April 4
5 to 8 p.m.
Art Lobby of the Chair Building
2020 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO
A collaborative AIDS awareness art project by Kansas City area youth, artists and volunteers.
Missie B’s KC Strips:
Tuesday, April 15
Time to be announced.
This is a Team Missie B’s event in celebration of their 20th anniversary.
AIDS Walk 2014:
Saturday, April 26
8 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Walk ceremonies
10 a.m. We walk!
Theis Park
Emanuel Cleaver Boulevard & Oak Street, Kansas City, Mo.
House Party
May 2014
Date and location to be announced.

Party with a Purpose:
Saturday, June 14
4 to 8 p.m.
Holmes Street between 36th Street and Gleed Terrace, Kansas City, Mo.
A festive block party with live music, dinner, desserts, beer & wine, kids’ drinks, a puppet show, a silent auction and other activities.
AIDS Bicycle Cruise:
Sunday, Sept. 14
This fun ride begins and ends in Westport. Last year’s ride raised over $35,000. They will be looking for committee members; the first meeting is in February. Information at

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