SAAF Fundraising Events

SAAF has 6 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 30+ 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 15, 2017
Joel D. Valdez Main Library – Jácome Plaza
Downtown Tucson

AIDSWALK will celebrate its 29th anniversary in the Tucson community and 2017 year marks our 6th 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 18, 2017
Desert Diamond Casino- 7350 South Nogales Highway

The Jerome Beillard Festival for Life will celebrate its 29th anniversary in 2017. 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 20, 2018
Fiesta Bowl- 501 West River Road

2018 will mark the 9th 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 4, 2018
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 5, 2018
4th Avenue

The Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza and Benefit Auction is a zany event and SAAF’s longest running fundraising event, celebrating its 31st anniversary in 2018! For more information about this event, please click here.

Out Brunch

June 2018
Location to be determined

Join us for the Out Brunch as we honor local LGBTQ heroes and allies, enjoy great entertainment, food, and friends, and raise funds to support initiatives and programs that support our local LGBTQ community. For more information about the Out Brunch, click here.

News and Events

  • National HIV Testing Day is June 27, May 19, 2017

    HIV testing is the only way to know for sure if someone has HIV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in eight people in the United States are infected with HIV and don’t know it. That means they aren’t getting the medical care they need. We encourage HIV testing on National […]

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  • 35th Annual AIDS Candlelight Memorial is Sunday May 21, May 2, 2017

    The 35th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will be commemorated worldwide on Sunday May 21, 2017. This year’s local event will take place at the Historic Y, located at 300 East University Blvd, from 6:30-7:30pm.  This is a free event and open to the public. This year’s event will include a multi-faith blessing; performances; a moment […]

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  • Stonewall Foundation to fund Endowment for SAAF’s Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, April 14, 2017

    The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) has been awarded funding from the locally-based Stonewall Foundation to support the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th- A SAAF Place for Youth. This annual funding is in perpetuity and will help fund renovations at the Center in the initial year of funding while establishing and growing the Stonewall Foundation […]

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  • SAAF Volunteer Appreciation Event is April 27, April 5, 2017

    SAAF will once again shine the spotlight on our wonderful volunteers at our annual Volunteer Appreciation event. This year’s event will take place during National Volunteer Week, on Thursday April 27, 2017; from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Historic Y. Dinner will be catered by Carte Blanche catering, served by SAAF employees followed by […]

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  • AZ Gives Day is Tuesday April 4, March 24, 2017

    The 5th annual Arizona Gives Day is Tuesday April 4 and we hope that you will consider giving to SAAF on that day. We have arranged match gifts totaling $3,000 but we need your help to make sure that we reach each match (see below for a listing of match donors). Plus, if SAAF is […]

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