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Your time, talents and financial contributions to Karen’s campaign for Fantasy Fest Queen 2019 will ensure AH Monroe continues its three decade commitment to the Key West community. Your financial donations are tax- deductible.
You can make a difference: volunteer for the campaign; donate to Karen’s quest; register for and donate to one of Karen’s community events.
1. Choose your way to give
Directly Support Karen's Campaign
Want to support Karen and AH Monroe? This is the easiest way. Great for those who are out of town or committed elsewhere. No event to attend. No work to do. Make your donation here.
Support Karen's Aqua Idols!
How about combining a donation with a raucous evening or two with Karen’s Aqua Idols, Stephanie Barnow and John Hadfield? Attending the weekly contest is free, but our contestants depend on your contributions to advance to the next round of this sensational Key West musical evening. What to do if you can’t get to the show? Donate here, of course! Pick your favorite — or heck, vote for both! It’s for a good cause.
3. Volunteer your time
With many events and money to be raised, we can use all the helping hands we can find. Not only will you be doing good, but you’ll have fun. Let us know if you have a special talent or skill to share. You can volunteer for individual events or be on-call when we need you. And thanks in advance!
Lend a hand
2. Register for an event
Midsummer Night's Magic | Sept. 14 | 8-11 p.m. | Click Here to Register
A Midsummer Night’s Magic at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, 5210 College Road. Created by David (DJ) Johnson, Scott Gerke and Michael Shields, this magical, night will be a delight for all of your senses. You will be greeted with a special Pilar Rum cocktail, then taken for a walk through the moonlit forest to the other side of the pond. Waiting there will be mystics, magic, music and dancing – and lots of surprises. Dessert, cheese and fruit bar; open bar. Costumes encouraged. Let your imagination run wild! – $50 suggested donation, available in advance. Karen for Queen.
Sassy Southern Hoedown | Oct. 11 | 7-10 p.m. | Click Here to Register
Chester and Tripp’s Sassy Southern Texas Hoedown at the home of Chester Sparks and Tripp Calk, 2514 Flagler Ave. Yee-Haw!! The Two Boys from Texas invite ya’ll to a Texas style hoedown party! Come join us for a BBQ buffet and open bar. Surprise country and western music entertainers. Costumes encouraged with prizes for the best male and female costume. 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Plenty of parking at Flagler and Government Rd. Get ready for a boot-scoot’in good time! – $40 suggested donation, available in advance. Karen for Queen
Royal Rush | Queens hit the docks | Oct. 16 | 6-9 p.m . | Click Here to Register
Royal Rush. Queens Hit the Dock! at the Lost Kitchen Supper Club, 6810 Front Street, Stock Island. This is the crescendo event for the Karen for Queen campaign. Nestled on the dock at Safe Harbour Marina, Stock Island, is the Lost Supper Kitchen Club, a speakeasy just off the beaten path. Here you will be serenaded by the reigning Queen Mother, Vanna Black, aka Ronnie Carruthers with his 3SUM ensemble. The night will be one of drinks and exquisite hors d’oeuvres, made by local Chef Martin Liz. A highlight of the event will be special guest artist Johnny White of Mile Zero Magazine. Johnny will be showing his Lenticular work (3D photographs) of Key West Drag Queens, upstairs at Collections Gallery. Transportation is included in ticket price and will be provided by Up The Keys Tours, why drive if you can be driven! – $100 suggested donation, advance registration required. Karen for Queen
About Your AH Monroe Donations:
Where & How They are used
For more than three decades, AH Monroe, originally known as AIDS Help, has served the Key West and Monroe County community. First as the organization dedicated to care and support of those with AIDS or HIV, and now as it expands its mission to include the in-need communities in the Keys. Its mission states:
“The object, general purpose and nature of this Corporation shall be to establish and maintain in Monroe County, Florida, a Corporation that will provide case managed healthcare, food programs, counseling, housing, clinical, and other supportive and volunteer services; increase affordable housing by acquiring, developing, and maintaining low income housing for persons in need; and conducting health education and linkage to care.”
Pillar One: Treatment
Clients are referred from the Monroe County Health Department and from the local Guidance Care Clinic, as well as from year-round HIV testing conducted by our Prevention Specialists throughout Monroe County, the Monroe County Homeless Services Continuum of Care and self-referral.
Our constant goal is to achieve an undetectable zero viral load.
Pillar Two: Prevention
We don’t want new clients. A new client represents a person we somehow missed in pursuit of safer sex messaging.
The Agency speaks of complacency a lot, which is its own disease, categorically-speaking, and detrimental to our Mission. If we sit still as an Agency, we’re doing our current clients little favor.
Pillar Three: Housing
Housing is care. Having a place to call home is a key component of wellness. Consider a health-challenged life where you don’t have a place to store needed medications…consistent neighbors to reach out to…cookware or, refrigerator…access to general hygiene or laundry…a solid night’s rest. None of us would fare well.
Housing is not the easiest component for the Agency to administer. Governance of subsidized housing is multi-layered and complicated.
Pillar Four: Research
In 2013, the Robert G. Walker Scholarship Program was established in conjunction with Florida International University (FIU) and the Monroe County Health Department (MCHD).
The internship’s main thrust: to gather and assess statistics on the dynamics on HIV/AIDS, specifically pertaining to Monroe County, and to qualify and quantify the data the Agency and its collaborators had on-hand.
A Bio-statistics Scholarship was subsequently added to allocate valuable resources, to prioritize expenditure and to enhance outcome reportage for future grant writing.
Get in Touch. Get Involved.
Questions about how you can help? Need more information before you volunteer or donate? Don't hesitate to contact Karen today!