SAAF Fundraising Events

SAAF has 5 signature special events that are held annually. All start with the creativity and hard work of volunteers who believe that by having special events, SAAF would increase the community’s awareness and need for funding in support of HIV & AIDS programs and services. The tradition of each of these events has grown tremendously over the last 25+ years but continues to have a strong emphasis on the importance of raising funds in support of HIV/AIDS programs and services offered by SAAF and increasing awareness, education, and sensitivity for HIV/AIDS. For more information on one of these events, please visit their pages.


Sunday October 9, 2016
Joel D. Valdez Main Library – Jácome Plaza
Downtown Tucson

AIDSWALK will celebrate its 28th anniversary in the Tucson community and 2016 year marks our 5th in collaboration with Tucson Meet Yourself.  AIDSWALK is a walk and fun run. For more information about AIDSWALK Tucson, click here.

Jerome Beillard Festival for Life

November 19, 2016
NEW LOCATION: Desert Diamond Casino- 7350 South Nogales Highway

The Jerome Beillard Festival for Life will celebrate its 28th anniversary in 2016. Festival for Life is an evening featuring a live and silent auction of fine art and other unique gifts. For more information about Festival for Life, click here.

Bowling for Tommy

Saturday January 21, 2017
Fiesta Bowl- 501 West River Road

2017 will mark the 8th anniversary of Bowling for Tommy. Bowling for Tommy began in 2010 to honor the memory of Tommy Gin, a long time SAAF Board Member and Community Volunteer, who passed away in January 2010. For more information, click here.

Möda Provŏcateūr

Sunday March 19, 2017
Tucson Convention Center Grand Ballroom

Since 2004, Tucson businesses, stylists, artists, dancers, and volunteers have teamed up to help fight AIDS by raising money through Möda Provŏcateūr—a celebration of incredible fashion, design, hair, and entertainment. For more information about Möda Provŏcateūr, click here.

Reno Gannon Memorial Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza and Benefit Auction

Saturday May 6, 2017
4th Avenue

The Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza and Benefit Auction is a zany event and SAAF’s longest running fundraising event, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017! For more information about this event, please click here.


News and Events

  • Why a Will workshop is March 24, March 11, 2017

    Did you know…Nearly half of all adult Americans do not currently have a will? If you do not have a will at the time of death, the State will make determinations about how your estate is divided up. In Arizona, if you are part of an unmarried, same-sex couple, your surviving partner will receive nothing […]

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  • SAAF Stands with Transgender Students & Calls on Trump Administration to Protect All Students, February 23, 2017

    Yesterday, the Trump Administration reversed a sound policy protecting the rights of transgender students. The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) calls on President Trump, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ensure all students have access to bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity and gender expression. The change to government […]

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  • See Ricky Martin LIVE!, February 14, 2017

    The 2017 Jell-O Wrestling raffle prize has been announced and this year’s winner will receive 2 tickets to see Ricky Martin Live in concert in Las Vegas on Sunday July 2; a 2 night stay at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Resort; and a $100 Visa gift card. Tickets are limited to 3,000 and winner […]

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  • Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th- Emma’s Story, February 1, 2017

    I jumped in front of a car today. That’s what I told my mom one day when I had tried to kill myself. Luckily I didn’t get hit, but I didn’t trust myself. My mom took me to the hospital and I spent two weeks there. I always knew I liked girls and this was […]

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  • Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th- James’ Story, January 26, 2017

    My name is James. I’m 17 years old. I identify as trans masculine, although sometimes I like to use the word queer.  I’m turning 18 in just a few weeks and I’m not sure where I’m going to go or what I’m going to do but I know I can’t live at home with my […]

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The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action.