Lynx to Host AIDS Awareness Night Aug. 1
The Minnesota Lynx, Until There's A Cure ®(UTAC) and the Minnesota Aids Project ®(MAP) are teaming up to assist in the struggle against HIV/AIDS by hosting 'AIDS Awareness Night' when the Lynx take on the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday, August 1 at Target Center.
Lynx second-year sensation and HIV/AIDS activist Candice Wiggins will have the night's spotlight, as her work in HIV/AIDS education among youth will be featured throughout the game. Her mission to shine the light on the HIV/AIDS epidemic is a personal one, as the daughter of the late Alan Wiggins, the seven-year MLB second baseman and left fielder who played for the San Diego Padres (1981-85) and the Baltimore Orioles (1985-87) who, at age 32, succumbed to complications from AIDS.
“I am so proud of my partnership with the Lynx, UTAC and MAP because raising awareness and finding a cure for the HIV/AIDS virus is my priority,” said Wiggins. “I celebrate the memory of my father and his life fuels my energy and drive. I'm really excited for Saturday night, and hope everyone will realize how important of an issue HIV/AIDS is today.”
"We're very proud to help Candice in her efforts to educate others on HIV/AIDS," said Conrad Smith, Lynx Chief Operating Officer. "This issue not only touches Candice's heart, but also the lives of many of our fans, so it's important to us to help the cause in any way we can. We hope Saturday night will go a long way in helping Candice, Until There's A Cure and the Minnesota AIDS Project to raise awareness and find a cure for the HIV/AIDS virus."
Both UTAC and MAP will be onsite Saturday night, handing out informational packets and educating those in attendance about the importance of knowing the statistics. UTAC's The Bracelet will also be on sale throughout the night.
In 2008, Wiggins became the newest spokesperson for UTAC, a national organization dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and funds to combat the pandemic. Last season the Lynx dedicated their June 10 game against the Connecticut Sun to Wiggins’ partnership with UTAC, with the first 5,000 fans in attendance receiving UTAC’s The Bracelet in special Lynx team colors along with a copy of Wiggins’ print public service announcement.
"Until There's A Cure is extremely appreciative of the warm generosity the Lynx, Candice WIggins and Lynx fans have shown our efforts to raise money to support HIV/AIDS organizations and vaccine development," said Nora Hanna, UTAC's executive director.
Wiggins partnered with MAP in the spring of 2009 during its 22nd annual Minnesota AIDS Walk, which aimed to raise funds and awareness in the ongoing struggle against HIV.
"The Minnesota AIDS Project works statewide to prevent the increase of HIV infections in Minnesota and reduce the challenge of living with HIV through services to those affected and we appreciate the partnership that Candice has formed with us to make a difference in our state,” said Lorraine Teel, Executive Director of the Minnesota AIDS Project. “Everyone needs, and deserves, accurate information about HIV prevention to reduce their risk surrounding HIV.”
About Until There's A Cure
The Until There’s A Cure Foundation is a national organization dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and funds to combat the pandemic. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, UTAC was created by two California mothers who joined the fight against AIDS out of concern and commitment to their children and community. UTAC is the only organization to continually promote the cause by offering individuals a way to participate through the purchase and wear of The Bracelet, originally designed by Isabella Geddes Marquise da Filicaia. For more information on UTAC, the organization, its retailers, celebrity endorsers and grants, go to www.utac.org.
About The Minnesota AIDS Project
The Minnesota AIDS Project works statewide to prevent the spread of HIV in Minnesota and reduce the challenge of living with HIV through programs, partnerships, and initiatives to engage every member of our community to take responsibility and care about HIV. For more information and to find out how you can help please visit www.mnaidsproject.org.