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What's New in Development?

Excerpts From Hotline Memos of January 2000
from the Information Department of Project Inform

February, 2000

Academy of Friends Supports Project Inform

Your generosity could put you behind the wheel of a brand-new dream car! Don't miss this opportunity! BMW of San Francisco and Academy of Friends present an opportunity to win this special car -- a new 2000 Z3 Roadster Convertible. Courtesy of BMW of San Francisco, this fabulous raffle will benefit Academy of Friends and selected San Francisco Bay Area HIV/AIDS service organizations, including Project Inform.

Purchase Your Certificates Today!

Raffle certificates sell for $50 each. Only 1,000 opportunities for this raffle are available, and the BMW drawing sells out early each year! You can order your BMW Super Drawing Certificates by contacting Julie Doherty at Project Inform and asking for an order form: 415-558-8669 ext. 223. The drawing will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2000, at BMW of San Francisco at a private reception for Academy of Friends underwriters. You need not be present to win.

Ron Wilmot Bike Ride for Project Inform

Saturday, May 13, 2000
Golden Gate Park
Gather/registration at 9:00; ride begins at 10:00

About the Ron Wilmot Bike Ride

Join Project Inform and Ride For a Reason in the sixth annual Ron Wilmot Bike Ride for Project Inform. This fun-filled seven-mile ride will raise money for Project Inform's HIV/AIDS treatment information and education programs.

The Bike Ride was started in 1995 by real estate entrepreneur, HIV/AIDS activist, avid cyclist and long-time Project Inform volunteer and supporter, Ron Wilmot. Since then, the Ride has raised more than $300,000 for Project Inform from hundreds of donors.

Before he died of AIDS in 1997, Ron challenged family, friends, the community and Project Inform to continue organizing a local ride for people of all abilities, with a particular emphasis on encouraging individuals with HIV/AIDS to participate. Ron also wanted the ride to continue to be unique in its low overhead costs -- less than 5%, and high average funds raised by each rider -- more than $500 each.

Why the Bike Ride Is Important

Your participation in the 2000 Ron Wilmot Bike Ride will help Project Inform continue to provide the most complete and up-to-date HIV/AIDS treatment information to everyone who needs it, free of charge.

In 1999, riders raised over $78,000. Generous donations made by many local businesses (including Cole Hardware) enabled us to cover the administrative costs of the event so that more than 95% of the money raised through the Bike Ride went directly to providing vital HIV/AIDS treatment information.

How You Can Join In the Fun

Register as a rider from our web site at or by calling us at 415-558-8669. We will promptly send you materials so that you may begin to ask for donations to support your ride.
  • Make a donation
    Support other cyclists from around the Bay Area as they ride for Project Inform. All contributions are tax-deductible.

  • Volunteer
    Help us get the word out by distributing promotional materials, or come join the fun on the day of the event by helping to set up and cheer on more than 100 riders. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Mark Owens at 415-558-8669 ext. 218.

  • Become a Corporate Sponsor
    There are many opportunities for corporate involvement from underwriting for a Challenge Grant to serve as an incentive to riders, to supplying needed materials and gifts, to making a donation of $500 or more. Your company will enjoy prominent recognition on all promotional pieces and on our web site. For more information, please contact Julie Doherty at 415-558-8669 ext. 223.

Regardless of the level of participation you choose, The Ron Wilmot Bike Ride for Project Inform on May 13 is a terrific way to show your support for persons living with AIDS, and to increase the outreach of Project Inform, the nation's leading resource for HIV/AIDS treatment information.

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This article was provided by Project Inform. It is a part of the publication What's New. Visit Project Inform's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.