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Letters by GayCalgary Staff & Contributors (From GayCalgary® Magazine, May 2008, page 32)
Dear Editor,
On behalf of Artists for Quality of Life we would like to thank Empress 31 Lonnie, Emperor Conrad and the entire ISCCA for their kind donation of $3750. Your commitment, volunteerism and dedication to raising funds greatly supports AFQOL’s work in providing funding for services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Your hard work supports the Positive Living Lunch Program, Emergency Food Assistance, Transportation and Child Care subsidies and the first upcoming AFQOL Weekend Retreat, to name a few.
Thank you all!
Linda Huston Eckess
Executive Chair, AFQOL

Dear GayCalgary,
I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you for your outstanding support of the ISCCA over the years. You have always been a major supporter of our organization and asked for little in return, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. As the newly elected Empress, I look forward to working with you in the coming year.
I wanted to thank all my supporters during the campaign - without you I would never have made it this far and I won’t let you down.
At this time I would also like to invite one and all to our first function, the investiture “Hollywood Glam Revisited”, May 18th at 7pm at The Calgary Eagle. We hope to see you all there
Thanks again GayCalgary!

I remain,
Her Most Imperial Sovereign Majesty
Empress 32 of Calgary and all of Southern Alberta
Nina Tron

Dear Editors of GayCalgary and Edmonton Magazine,
In the April edition of your magazine, you ran a newslet outlining the fact that the ISCCA moved several of our Coronation Week Events. Unfortunately, the ISCCA did not give an official statement on this matter, and as a result, the information presented in the newslet was inaccurate. We would like to clarify this information to clear up any misunderstandings.
This year found the ISCCA in the unfortunate position of having to make some specific extra requests of one of the original venues, which were not foreseen by the organization when we booked the functions. The original venue was unable to fulfill the requests that the ISCCA made for the functions, and as a result, the decision was made to move the functions to a venue that would be able to fulfill all of our needs.
We ask that you print this letter in the next edition of your magazine so that the community at large is not left with the inaccurate impression that a venue in the city cancelled ISCCA Coronation Week functions.

Neal Debreceni
President, ISCCA

Dear Neal,
Never underestimate the power of a preposition – an unfortunate choice of a single, two letter word made all the difference in our newslet last month. Simply substituting the by with an at in the first line of “ISCCA Juggles Coronation Week Venues” might have saved the need for your letter of clarification. We’d like to assure you and our readers that the motivation for this article was to further highlight the venue changes to ensure our readers were made aware of them, and not to delve into the cause behind the rescheduling, for which we did not presume to have complete details.
There is a fine line between nit-picking and pointing out a legitimate concern, and while the mistake in this case may appear minor to some, it obviously caused enough contention last month to warrant an official statement from your organization. Sadly there are many who prefer to complain about things to those without the ability or responsibility to correct them, so we appreciate the ISCCA’s direct and proactive approach on this matter.
Yours truly,
Rob Diaz-Marino
Editor, GayCalgary and Edmonton Magazine

Dear Editor,
I am writing to personally thank GayCalgary and Edmonton Magazine and its readers for supporting Calgary Cares 2008. This year marked the 14th installment of our gala fundraising event, and we were thrilled to once again declare it a success thanks to the tremendous support we receive from the community.
Calgary Cares 2008 was a night where life and love traveled back in time, and the decade changed before everyone’s eyes. Over 1000 attendees from all walks of life – gay, straight, young, old, men, women, and transgendered - were transported back in time from the moment they walked through the door.
This internationally acclaimed, award-winning event is unlike any other in Calgary, and I’m very proud of how far Calgary Cares has progressed over the years. It continues to be a provocative and world-class event, and what makes me even more proud is that the event is volunteer-based. Over 100 talented volunteers demonstrated their compassion by working together to create a groovy show.
This year’s theme “Sweet 70’s” was especially compelling as it took us back to a time of love and compassion, and also a time of innocence before our world was rocked by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As AIDS Calgary enters its 25th year of serving the Calgary community, it is fitting to reflect on the passing of time and the progress of AIDS Calgary and Calgary Cares.
Although the performance was free-spirited, and at times hot and sexy, there was a feeling of something deeper underneath it all. Ultimately the underlying message was one of compassion and a deeper understanding of HIV/AIDS and how it has affected people’s lives in our community and around the world.
Calgary Cares experienced record support from the community, raising over $205,000 in support of AIDS Calgary. As our largest fundraising event, Calgary Cares plays an important role in our agency’s sustainability. The money raised by this event, as well as the tremendous rally of support within the community, is vital in enabling our agency to continue to provide support, prevention and education services.
We’re extremely grateful to the many volunteers, donors, sponsors, ticket buyers and media sponsors, like GayCalgary and Edmonton Magazine, for all their support. This event, the money and awareness it raises for AIDS Calgary, couldn’t happen without you.
With deep gratitude,

Susan Cress
Executive Director
AIDS Calgary Awareness Association

Dear Editor,
Last month I had the honour of delivering a painting to a very special friend. Some of you know Dr. Richard Denney. Anyone who spends time with this man knows how wonderful he is. Mr. Denney does great things for not only the gay community but the community at large. Perhaps one of his most well known contributions is the yearly “Toys for Tots” campaign, raising thousands of dollars in toys for the less fortunate.
Richard was at the Calgary Cares fundraiser this year, and at the silent auction he had a mission! He was determined to have the top bid on the painting I created “live” that night. He managed to secure the painting with a generous bid that certainly helped with the Calgary Cares fundraising efforts.
I really enjoyed the experience of painting “live” in that crazy setting and the idea was a HIT!! People were really excited about the opportunity to see how it’s done and the process involved. I met some fantastic folks and had fun discussing my work/art. Can’t wait until next year...
Lisa Heinricks,
Heinricks Studio

Dear Editor,
I’m just dropping this note to say that more and more there are times I’m glad I don’t live in Calgary anymore. I don’t know about you, but before I left I saw ever-increasing community apathy, and more recently you heard from me when I had some issues with the ISCCA mostly with regards to World AIDS Day. Living with HIV makes me rather passionate about this day so that is why my response was as well.
Most recently, chatting with friends I find out that the bar in this city that has had countless issues with charities and community groups because they can’t get past their own inflated heads, now have their panties in a bunch because two candidates for Empress are not allowed in their bar and they believe should not be allowed to run because of this. Surely two people who throw the term “Robert’s Rules” around at the Pride board meeting should know that disallowing candidacy because of two community members’ humongous egos is undemocratic, against the mandate of the organization and would border on slander or discrimination. Twisted of course can’t see this because, although they have every right to let whomever they want in their bar, they think that because they are the only dance club in the community they get to play God.
I would like to applaud the ISCCA for sticking up for their organization and staying true to what Jose, the founder, would have done as well. Hopefully certain people will wake up and smell the coffee (although I doubt it), but until then I’m VERY glad I’ve moved on to a different city where the word COMMUNITY actually stands for something.

Thank you for your time,
Jared Anderson


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