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Trail to a Cure raises $106K+ for HIV/AIDS Research/Services

The Ride/Walk/Run event in May is TTAC’s major fundraiser for the year, but it’s far from our ONLY one. This year, we had a bonus fundraiser at Logboat Brewing. It was a hot one, but fun, and it added some more cash to our cause. Thanks also to Smokin’ Chick’s for being there!

Because of this late fundraiser, though, we’re a bit later than usual in making the awards of funds to our beneficiary organizations.

This year, we were able to provide $12,100 to our 3 beneficiary organizations. This means that in our first nine years, we’ve raised $106,100 to fight HIV/AIDS!  Not bad for an all-volunteer, grassroots organization, if we do say so ourselves.

Thank you to our sponsors, event participants and volunteers! It doesn’t happen without you.

Checks will be on their way to these great organizations shortly!

Rain will receive a check to help individuals who are living with HIV/AIDS in Rain’s central Missouri service area with unmet emergency needs in the categories of food, utilities, housing, medical services, final arrangements, and more.


Bond Life Science Center’s HIV/AIDS researchers (and TTAC event participants): Stefan Sarafianos, Ph.D.; Marc Johnson, Ph.D.; Donald Burke-Aguero, Ph.D.

MU’s Bond Life Sciences Center‘s HIV/AIDS researchers will be receiving a check to help put more enthusiastic undergraduate students into the labs with Bond’s crack researchers, exposing undergrads to HIV/AIDS research as active researchers alongside nationally known virologists before they move on to graduate or medical school. TTAC funds extend the number of research hours, and may help lead to better treatments or even a cure while also introducing young scientists to this great work!

amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, will also be receiving a check to help fund cutting-edge research at a national level.

TTAC Ride/Walk/Run 2017 planning is underway. Registration will be open very soon. Arment Enterprises has agreed to be our lead sponsor again next year!

Please plan to join us on the TRAIL TO A CURE–always the first Saturday in May!


Dine at Smokin’ Chick’s for the Cause – F2FA is On for 11/4!

Our friends Chick and Lissa have agreed once again to support Trail to a Cure through a Feast 2 FIGHT AIDS dining out fundraiser.


Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 4 – all day. Smokin’ Chick’s is now located on W. Broadway (near HyVee and Shakespeare’s West).

3301 West Broadway – Business Park Court, Ste A – Columbia MO 65203
(573) 256-6450

Hours:  11-8

All you need to do is patronize Smokin’ Chick’s (dine in or carry out) and present them with the F2FA FLYER when you order/pay, and they’ll pass on 15% of what you spend to us to help in our efforts to fight HIV/AIDS.

Need a reminder? Need a menu?

You may have noticed that we decreased the frequency of F2FA events from monthly to about 6 a year to avoid fatiguing you, our lovely supporters. That means that the events we DO have are that much more important.

Smokin’ Chick’s has won awards in all kinds of BBQ contests, so you can trust us when we say the food is great! So grab some friends and take some flyers with you and enjoy some food and cold beverages!

It’s Ride/Walk/Run Time!



In a few short days (Friday, to be precise), advance registration for the 2013 Trail to a Cure Ride/Walk/Run will be closed. Of course, you can still sign up at the event on Saturday (May the 4th), but it’s a tad pricier, and you don’t get entered into the prize drawing.


This year’s event is similar to last year’s except for a few details.

  1. Both running events are one hour earlier in the day.
  2. The post-event celebration will be right in Rocheport proper at Rocheport Bike and BBQ until 4 pm, followed by a sunset toast at Les Bourgeois A-Frame Wine Garden.
  3. We’ll have a new live band!
  4. We have wristbands and bib numbers this year.


We are selling wrist bands so that friends of participants can enjoy the food if they wish. Riders/Walkers/Runners get a wristband as part of the registration (and a cool t-shirt, some free ice cream, snacks along the trail, and much more). We kindly request that all participants wear the wristbands and bib numbers that we will have at registration/check-in.

We cannot process credit/debit cards, so please bring cash or a check to the trail.


Once again, we will be doing a drawing for a brand new bike. Tickets for that are $5 or 5 for twenty and can be purchased at the trail. You do not have to be present to win.

We are having the popular silent raffle as well, for which tickets are $1 and for which you do have to be present to win.


Leashed, friendly dogs, such as Truman here, are welcome on the trail, provided you provide sanitation services. Why?


Among the trailside booths this year will be Bond Life Sciences Center’s own Dr. Stephan Sarafianos, whose research is made possible, in part, by our fundraisers–that’s YOU! Be sure to stop by and visit to learn more about his team’s work and that of all the Bond LSC researchers at MU.

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See you on the trail, where we hope to raise a tidy sum to add to the $64,000 that we’ve already raised to fight HIV/AIDS–together!

PS: Please show your support to Trail to a Cure’s sponsors, and let them you know you appreciate it! We couldn’t do this event without them!

TTAC & Partners Announce Columbia World AIDS Day Observance Events

Columbia/Boone County Department of Health & Human Services, Missouri RAIN, MU’s SHAPE  (Sexual Health Advocate Peer Education) and Trail to a Cure are collaborating to bring you the following events in observance of World AIDS Day 2011 in Columbia, Missouri. All events are at the Firestone Baar Chapel on the campus of Stephens College unless otherwise noted.

AIDS Quilt panels will be on display at Firestone Baar Chapel of Stephens College Monday, November 28 through Thursday, December 1. The chapel will be open to the public from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jannis Evans, African American HIV/AIDS emergency response coordinator and member of the Missouri Office of Minority Health’s Minority Health Advisory Committee,  will present “HIV 101” on Monday, November 28 at 5 p.m.

“Reflections,” a public viewing of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be held  Tuesday, November 29 3 to 8 p.m.

“A Personal Story: Reflections about living life with HIV” will be presented Wednesday, November 30, at a time to be announced.

On Thursday, December 1, at 5 p.m., Columbia will observe World AIDS Day with a candlelight vigil at the intersection of College Ave. and Broadway. The vigil will be followed by a Service of Remembrance at 6 p.m.

Trail to a Cure invites the public to participate in a Feast 2 FIGHT AIDS fundraising event at La Siesta Mexican Restaurant at 9th and Walnut Streets after the service or anytime on Thursday, December 1. Participants must bring a flyer to the restaurant and fifteen percent of what is spent will be contributed to Trail to a Cure.

Questions regarding the World AIDS Day observance events may be directed to Dustin Hampton at dthampto@gocolumbiamo.com or (573) 874-7285.

Get a jump on the holiday leftover drudgery! Dine out with fabulous people!

The holiday season is upon us, and the chef in your family is cooking nonstop. Mark your calendars for several opportunities to lighten the load of said chef (and give everyone a break from the leftover parade) by eating out at one of CoMo’s locally owned and operated restaurants.

It’s a great time to take a friend out to eat for the holidays, grab some carry out/catering for your event, or pick up a gift/gift card from the restaurants.

Feast 2 Fight AIDS events are dining-out fundraisers. All you do is show up at the venue at the time of your choosing during normal business hours (with 10 of your closest friends in tow, we hope!), bring the F2FA Flyer for that month’s F2FA, and present it to the server/cashier when you pay. Then the nice restaurant owner sends Trail to a Cure a check for 15% of what you and your friends spend on food, libations, gift certificates! Easy peasy! And it’s for a nonprofit that has raised $52,000 towards the fight against HIV/AIDS in the last four years!

November’s F2FA is at Smokin’ Chick’s BBQ every Wednesday (there are 5 of them, so there are 3 more opportunities)! Here’s the flyer! Try the pulled pork, pictured above. Good eats are calling your name! And they have spice rubs and more for sale (stocking stuffer?). And it’s not everyplace that the folks whose name is on the marquee actually wait on customers. Chick and Lissa take good care of their patrons.

December’s is on a THURSDAY–it’s on December 1 (not Dec. 7, which would be our typical 1st Wednesday F2FA), which you know, of course, is World AIDS Day. F2FA is conveniently scheduled for La Siesta Mexican Restaurant downtown, so it makes a great complement to the WAD activities  going on in the downtown/Stephens area. Here’s the flyer! We’re looking forward to chiles en nogada, but there is a lot of great food (and Dos Equis on tap and MARGARITAS!) on the menu. “Los hermanos Guillen” and Paco and their crew will take care of you. Watch the city/county health department Facebook page for details about the Columbia World AIDS Day observance.

Shakespeare's Pizza--The Masterpiece

January’s is at Shakespeare’s (one of our favorite venues)! It’s on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012. Both locations (or all 3 if the new south location is open by then). Here’s the flyer! The masterpiece, pictured above, is tasty, but let us recommend whole wheat crust, artichoke hearts, and pepper cheese (plus any additions you might prefer). Kurt’s crew will make sure you enjoy a slice of great pie–or more!

Please do TTAC (and these locally owned/operated establishments) a favor and print a few extra flyers for each event and pass them out to friends or colleagues.

And you HAVE marked your calendar for TTAC’s 5th anniversary Ride/Walk/Run event? We have added a half-marathon option!

It’s on Cinco de Mayo–Saturday 5/5/2012! Really. Mark your calendars. You don’t want to miss it! Maybe we’ll even have a unicycle rider wearing a sombrero! Registration and fundraising are opening soon!

Do you think Paco would lend this sombrero to Dean, our expert unicyclist?

And if you’re not following us on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter what are you waiting for?

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