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Revelers dancing to the stylings of hip spin master DJ Bigface during the After Glow Party, near the conclusion of the 25th Anniversary Silver Ball Gala fundraiser.
Project Transitions held its 25th Anniversary Silver Ball Gala/ After Glow fundraiser last Saturday, October 25th at the Austin Music Hall commemorating a quarter century of service to those affected by HIV/AIDS in the Austin area.

Festivities began at 6pm and attendees were greeted by smiling staff, board members and volunteers at registration followed by passed champagne and wine upon entry to the main hall immaculately decorated by David Kurio flowers, candles and table settings. 

Sentimental Journey Orchestra played classic '40s-era big band swing music as guests filled the venue. Multimedia visuals, tributes and speeches commenced during a delicious 2-course meal by Word of Mouth Catering and an exciting silent auction followed dessert, all emceed by KVUE's Tyler Sieswerda and auctioneer Victoria Pineda.

Honorees included Bill Dickson, James Armstrong & Larry Connelly, Alori Properties: Lew Alrdridge, Diane & Jason Aldridge and Jim Lommori; Lee Manford & Casey Blass and Charlotte Hale. Event Chair, Heather Powell and Honorary Chair, Armando Zambrano won accolades for their work on the Gala. Current and past program residents also took to the stage to be recognized for their courage and achievements in our programs.

The live auction ended with the 2014 FIAT 500 Pop raffle and the winner immediately donated the vehicle to Foundation Communities. Finally at 9pm, spin master DJ Bigface took to the stage and played classic '80s dance music to a packed dance floor.

The Gala was a not only a great financial success in bringing in over $225,000 from donors, but also in honoring a 25-year struggle in our community battling AIDS and bridging it with a future of continued hope and unwavering dedication to our mission.
Austin Yellow Bike Project to the rescue.

It was a rude slap in the face for two Highland Terrace residents. In two separate incidents, each one opened their front doors to find only the frame of a bicycle dangling from a lock, or a missing bike altogether. When this bike was your only form of transportation, it can be an even harder blow.

Thanks to an organization called the Austin Yellow Bike Project, each of them was provided a new (or almost new) set of wheels. This non-profit doesn't just help replace stolen bikes, they have an apprentice program that enables bike riders to learn how to fix or build their own bikes from donated parts.


Staffed mostly by volunteers, they operate community bike shops, teach mechanics and maintenance and act as a local bike advocacy group. Those interested in learning more can attend a volunteer meeting held on the first Wednesday of every month. Thank you Austin Yellow Bike Project for helping to restore mobility to our two residents and for keeping Austin a bike-friendly city! 

Board of Directors


Matthew Albertson

Craig Davis

Jeffrey A. Early

Bob Garza

Cindy Goldman

Blair Hodgkins

Lynn McNeill

Michael Pizzutti

Thomas H. Smith, MD




Craig Thibodeau

Executive Director


Lisa Medina,  


Director of

Client Services


Layne Box

Development Director


Ricardo Jimenez

Media Relations and Volunteer Manager


Madge Whistler

Financial Administrator


Linelle Clark-Brown, PhD

Grants Manager


Ed Howard

Events and

Programs Support   

Liz Brown

Hospice Coordinator


Erika Hultquist 

Housing Coordinator


Estaban Olave

Senior Housing Specialist 


Karin Kokinda
Top Drawer Thrift

Store Manager


Opt-out screening has been implemented by law in New York, so HIV testing is included in routine tests given to patients (unless the test is declined). This circumvents a potentially uncomfortable conversation and sidesteps the stigma associated with HIV status and the LGBTQ population in general. Opt-out screening is not practiced in Texas; patients must provide either a general consent for treatment and a verbal consent for HIV testing, or a specific written consent for HIV testing. The responsibility for seeking out HIV status is on the patient. This leads to late diagnoses, especially in minority populations, if HIV is even diagnosed at all. The CDC estimates that 1 in 3 HIV-positive individuals are unaware of their status! 


Please take a moment to read this article in the New York Times.

Here is the link.


Turkey Drive


Thanksgiving is 4 weeks away and Project Transitions would be so happy to be able to provide each of our families their own turkey this year. But we need your help!


If you are at the grocery store sometime soon and an extra turkey "accidentally" falls into your cart, please consider bringing it by our office (the week of Thanksgiving, if possible). Our residents look forward to the holidays and a gesture like this would be an amazing way to start the season of giving. We are all very thankful in advance!


Our offices are open M-F 9am-5pm and are located at 7101-B Woodrow Avenue 78757 (in the Crestview Shopping Center, next door to The Little Deli).


Oh, baby!

All of us at Project Transitions are happy to announce that Doug's House Program Coordinator, Liz Brown, is now a proud mother to a healthy bouncing baby boy, Anderson. Lucky for her, the holidays are upon us now and she will be taking maternity leave until the first of the year. In her place, Elene Drakonakis will be serving as interim coordinator while Liz recuperates and she and Ben settle in their happy roles as new parents. Congratulations to them both!


Project Transitions | 512-454-8646 | info@projecttransitions.org | http://projecttransitions.org
7101 B Woodrow Ave
Austin, TX 78757

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