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Contact;
Nancy Abbate, Interim CEO
TPAN
5050 N. Broadway, suite 300
Chicago, IL 60640
773-989-9400
n.abbate@tpan.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TPAN Moving Forward, Welcomes Interim CEO

CHICAGO, IL (March 17, 2014) – TPAN, Chicago’s oldest peer-led HIV/AIDS service organization, has begun 2014 stronger than ever due to the combined successes of its end-of-year holiday campaign, the strengthened infrastructure and continued growth of the Ride for AIDS Chicago (RFAC), and innovative new special issues of Positively Aware, the agency’s national HIV treatment journal.

TPAN continues to move forward, refocusing and refining its business development plan while nurturing connections with the agency’s clients and staff—the cornerstone of its programming since its inception 27 years ago—as well as developing and encouraging donors, established and new, to support the agency’s work.

Planning for the 2014 Ride for AIDS Chicago (July 12–13th) is in full swing with 300 riders, 70 crew members and more than $151,000 in secured sponsorships and donations to date. RFAC is already $23,000 ahead of last year’s numbers at this time, and registration is up by 160%.

Positively Aware boasts its 18th annual HIV Drug Guide, featuring detailed information about all 35 medications used for treating HIV, plus a convenient pullout reference chart. Candid comments from an HIV specialist and activist provide unique insight into each drug. In addition to its six standard issues, Positively Aware produces special issues focused on specific topics. This winter’s issue on HIV and aging—“The 50+ Issue”—investigates the climbing numbers of HIV-positive individuals over the age of 50, and what that means for those thriving instead of merely surviving.

TPAN is pleased to welcome Interim CEO Nancy Abbate, who will provide the organization and board with support during the search for a permanent CEO. Ms. Abbate comes to TPAN with a wealth of significant experience in fundraising, board and volunteer training, public relations and legislative/governmental relations. TPAN is grateful to Jeff Berry, Director of Publications, for his support during this transition. “We are extremely lucky to have the dedicated staff we have at TPAN,” said Board Chair Joel Bosch. “The board would like to extend a special thanks to Jeff for stepping up during a critical transition and to welcome Nancy to the TPAN team.” Ms. Abbate says, “I’m excited to work at such a life-affirming organization as TPAN, and to interact with a truly dedicated board and staff. My task is to get TPAN ready for the new permanent executive director.”

Ms. Abbate will prioritize keeping the staff focused on maintaining the delivery of high quality services to clients, enhancing resource development, and the production of Positively Aware during this time.

ABOUT TPAN

TPAN is the oldest peer-led HIV/AIDS social service organization in Chicago. TPAN’s mission is to empower everyone living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS to live open, healthy, and productive lives. TPAN delivers innovative peer-led support programs and collaborative wellness services and disseminates accurate, comprehensive information through direct service programming and its national treatment magazine Positively Aware. TPAN will continue to do so until HIV/AIDS is eradicated.

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