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2nd Annual Cha-Cha Charity Drag Show Extravaganza!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Community, Events | 0 comments

2nd Annual Cha-Cha Charity Drag Show Extravaganza!

Please join ARE in celebrating our 2nd Annual Cha-Cha Charity Drag Show Extravaganza!

This event will feauture some local and amazaing tristate Drag Queens, including Nicole James, Ashley Bannks, Stephanie Micheals, Alexa V. Shontelle, Candy Lee, Chica Lopez, Alondra Sanchez, Chi-Chi Ray Lopez, and Gabrielle and Noelle Sugarbaker as MC’s!

There will be bottomless beer cups for sale, hors d’oeuvres, and an auction featuring some amazing and exotic destination vacations, courtesy of American Fundraising Foundation – AmFund.

**There is select your own seating this year, so don’t hesitate to order your tickets.**

**No ticket sales will occur at the door.**


Tickets are available at:

Proceeds from this event will benefit services at ARE!

We’ll see you there!

Questions? Please call Brittney Jones as 540-536-5931.

National HIV Testing Day June 27th!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Community, Events | 0 comments

National HIV Testing Day June 27th!

National HIV Testing Day is June 27th!

ARE will be hosting a Community Health Resource Fair on June 27th at Our Health, Inc. campus to provide free HIV testing!

Several of our community partners will be there as well to provide blood pressure, glucose, BMI screenings, providing health information, freebies, and more!

This is a family-friendly event and all are welcome to join.

So join us on June 27th. Take the test. Take Control!

#nhtd #fightthestigma #endHIV


Other organizations joining the Health Resource Fair will be Our Health, Inc., Healthy Families of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the NSV Substance Abuse Coalition, McGruff the Crime Dog, Valley Workforce Centers, Fremont Street Nursery, Free Medical Clinic of the NSV, The Laurel Center, Winchester Family Health Center, and Crossroads Treatment Center!

Immortal Masquerade: ARE Vampyre Ball

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Community, Events | 0 comments

Immortal Masquerade: ARE Vampyre Ball

Join ARE for our 11th Annual Mardi Gras celebration. This year’s theme is Immortal Masquerade: ARE Vampyre Ball. The event will be held at the Lee Jackson Banquet Hall in Winchester, VA. Guests of the event will enjoy an evening filled with dinner, drinks, entertainement, raffles, silent and live auctions, and culminating with a dance party.

Proceeds of this event will benefit ARE, a local non-profit. ARE provides complete wrap-aroun2017-mardi-gras-poster-11x17_3rd-proofsd services for clients living with or impacted by HIV. ARE provides free HIV testing, case management, linkage to care, mental health services, transportation and food services, as well as housing assistance to the community.
So please join ARE this February 25th for an exciting night of gothic romance.

Costumes are encouraged! There will be a costume contest.


Raffles and bars are cash-only.

Tickets are available for sale through Eventbrite only. If you have any ticket sale questions, please contact ARE at 540-536-5931.

Tickets are available at

World AIDS Day 2016

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Community, Events | 0 comments

World AIDS Day 2016

World AIDS Day is December 1st, 2016.

This day is a remembrance of the past 35 years of the HIV epidemic. Countless lives have been lost to the disease, and the epidemic changed the world.

There are still millions of people living with HIV today. Possibly hundreds of thousands more living with HIV that don’t know their status. HIV is still prevalent in many areas across the world, including the deep South.

We still have work to do to get to zero new HIV infections. wad-2016

Please join ARE December 1st at 6pm, at the Our Health Cam
pus to reflect and discuss the work still to be done. We can “Get to Zero” by 2020, but we must all work together.

Light refreshments will be served. A candle-light vigil will be held immediately after the ceremony.


Gift Wrap Fundraiser for ARE

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Community, Events | 0 comments

Gift Wrap Fundraiser for ARE

A.R.E. & Community Assistance Fund would like to invite you to volunteer this Holiday Season!

We are looking for Gift Wrapping Volunteers from November 25th-27th & Decgift-wrapping-flyer-2016ember 9th-24th to gift wrap at the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester, VA!

This year’s funds will go towards ARE’s Housing Programs.

gift-wrapping-flyer-2016On behalf of our Staff and Board we sincerely thank you for your support this Holiday Season! #giveback

Here is the link to sign up for gift wrapping:

Seeking Donations for Homeless Women and Trans Men

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Community | 0 comments

Seeking Donations for Homeless Women and Trans Men

new-oneARE is currently seeking donations of tampons, panty-liners, soap, incontinence products, wet wipes, tissue packs, body/shower wipes, hand sanitizer, etc. for homeless women and transgender men in our area!

We often take the simple luxuries of having tampons and soap for granted. But for homeless individuals these items can be rather costly and often not obtainable.

If you would like to donate, please bring or mail your donations to 124 West Piccadilly Street Winchester, VA 22601.


Thank you!


Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Community, Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!

Please join ARE and the Alamo Drafthouse Winchester for our annual midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Tim Curry in a still from the Rocky Horror Picture Show film

Whether you have seen it 100 times or this is your first time, Rocky Horror stands as one of the campiest and  interactive theater movies!

The Alamo Drafthouse will be providing prop bags for the event and guides on how-to use them during the movie!

Tickets are available at

Costumes are encouraged for this event!



1040838_853272454693945_4663787105509086427_o“I see you shiver with antici…pation!” 

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Cha-Cha Charity Drag Show Extravaganza!

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Community, Events | 0 comments

Cha-Cha Charity Drag Show Extravaganza!

Join us for a fantastic evening of fun and entertainment for our Cha-Cha Charity Drag Show Extravaganza! The show will feature some of your favorite Tri-State area Diva’s as well as a few special guest apprearances from your local Winchester area residents! The night will also feature DJ Tracy Popkins & Singer/Songwriter Augustus.cha-cha-charity-poster-8-25-16-final

Doors will open at 6 pm for VIP Ticket Holders and 7:30 for General Admission.

VIP Tickets are only available until Oct 8th. For only $25, your VIP ticket includes early entrance (6 pm), hors d’ouevres, preferred seating, a special performance by singer/songwriter Augustus Wilman, and a meet & greet with the performers. General Admission tickets are $15 and allows entrance at 7:30 for the show.

VIP tickets will only be sold until October 8th – General Admission tickets can be purchased online until the day of the event and will be sold at the door until 8:30 pm. There will be no admittance after 8:30 pm without a pre-purchased ticket.

You can purchase your tickets at


All proceeds go directly to A.R.E.


Join the Fundraising Committee

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Community, Weekly News | 0 comments

Join the Fundraising Committee

ARE is planning our next big fundraising event in the Fall, a Drag Show Benefit, featuring the tri-state area’s favorite Divas and some talented local performers!

We are looking for enthusiastic community members to help us make this fundraiser a great success!

If you would like to join the Drag Show Fundraising Committee, please contact our Fundraising Chair for the event, Tyler, at or call 540-303-3587.



Young Men Not Getting Tested for HIV at Primary Care Appointments

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Community, Weekly News | 0 comments

Young Men Not Getting Tested for HIV at Primary Care Appointments

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has published findings that young men are not getting routinely tested for HIV at their primary care physician appointments.

“The new report, published by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that HIV testing was performed during just 1% of doctors’ appointments among men ages 15 to 39 from 2009 to 2012. Those numbers are low despite CDC recommendations since 2006 to routinely test all adults and adolescents for HIV. In practice, actual testing has been “suboptimal,” the CDC says.”

ARE offers free HIV testing by appointment. People can also access HIV testing through their primary care    providers upon request or through local health departments.

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