We want to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are to Angels Unaware families, volunteers, and donors who participate, support, and encourage our nonprofit and for recognizing that HIV families continue to be stigmatized, marginalized, and underserved. Angels Unaware has provided encouragement and support to children and their families living with HIV for thirty-two years. Angels Unaware's primary program is Camp Ray-Ray which was the first HIV family camp in the United States and is one of the very few remaining. We are thrilled to announce that our 27th Camp will occur June 9 - 11, 2023, with new leadership. We welcome Camp Founder Barb Johnson back as Camp Director with the help of Sarah Sacco, Tracy Hawkins Collins,

 Dakota Johnson, Desi Martinez, Laurie McNulty, and Kathy Nuanes. 

Tracy says "Howdy"

Everyone is welcome to enter the T-shirt contest for our Wild West 2023 Camp theme. The Camp's slogan is "Angels Wanted, Riding into New Horizons."

To enter the contest and win a visa gift card, send your design to Barb at

The T-shirt needs to include the following: Camp Ray-Ray 27, the date of camp, the slogan, and a design based on the theme.

Deadline is November 12, 2022. The winner will be announced in December.

Secret Angel Reminder

For those of you who are participating in the Secret Angel, please send a card to your pen pal in Oct., Nov., and Dec.

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New Executive Board Members

We are excited to announce newly elected officers for Angels Unaware.

Laurie McNulty (pictured) is president. She joined the board ten years ago to honor and take the place of her darling mother Ellie who was a long time AU volunteer and board member.

Musician extraordinaire Anthony Sacco is Vice-President. Anthony has been on the board for five years and his family attends camp.

Longtime family member Bernadette Berzoza is treasurer. She has been on the board for three years and wants to give back to an organization that was there for her when her children were young.

Teen representative Scarlett Strascina has been on the board for three years. Scarlett attended Camp as a child with her mother who volunteered and when Scarlett got old enough, she volunteered. This year, Scarlett joyfully accepted the secretary position because she wants Camp to continue.

The Camp Director is Barb Johnson, who founded Camp Ray-Ray and is named in memory of her adopted son Raymond who died at four years of age from an AIDS related illness.

Welcome new board member Rene' Koonce. Other at large board members include: Michelle Bills, Greg Isaac, and Dr. Colleen Foos.


Angels Unaware accepts credit card donations through our website. Click on the above donate button that directs you to our website. Look for the green donate button at the top right of the screen. Click on it and follow directions.

Checks can be sent to the AU Office at 3825 Urban Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.

Donations can be dropped off at AU Office - call Kathy, Officer Manager, at 303-456-4050 first to schedule an appointment.

Double your donation by donating any time during December (except for Dec. 1 and 6 which are double matched) and Nuanes Consulting will match donations up to $10,000 - so if you donate $100, it will actually be $200. If you donate $100 on World AIDS Day, it will actually be $300.

Please share this newsletter with family or friends who have children in the home and someone in the household is living with HIV. Encourage them to sign up for our newsletter so they can learn about Camp and other AU services.

"It's Not How Much We Give, But How Much Love We Put Into Giving." Mother Teresa

As we approach the holiday season, there are numerous ways to support AU/CRR that vary from in-kind to financial donations. Consider sponsoring, donating, or supporting AU in the following ways.

Camp Ray-Ray Needs:

  • 30 totes or recycle bags with a western theme
  • 125 toothbrushes and Chapstick
  • 30 tubes of toothpaste, shampoo, hair conditioner, sunscreen, and body lotion (travel size works too)
  • Nonperishable healthy snacks
  • New puzzles or board games
  • Prizes for family game night and family Olympics
  • Raise $15,000 to pay for lodging and food at Snow Mt. Ranch in Granby, CO.
  • Sponsor T-Shirts - $1,700
  • Sponsor hay ride - $700
  • Sponsor horse riding - $3,000

Angels Unaware Needs:

  • Sponsor a family during the holiday. We have 8 remaining families that could benefit from gift cards to grocery stores or Target/Walmart. Our Lady of Lourdes has already graciously sponsored 12 families - THANK YOU!
  • Make a financial donation to Angels Unaware on December 1, World AIDS Day, or on December 6, Giving Tuesday. Any donations made on December 1 or 6 will be double matched by Nuanes Consulting up to $10,000.
  • Instead of giving a holiday present, donate in honor or in memory of a loved one to Angels Unaware.

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