The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to prevent pediatnc HIV 1nfect1on and to eradicate pediatric AIDS through research advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.
-The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a worldwide leader in the fight against pediatric AIDS.
-The Foundation, which began as three mothers around a kitchen table, has become a global force working to prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eradicate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs in 18 countries.
-The world has come a long way in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but there is still much work to be done. When it comes to conducting critical HIV/AIDS research, fighting global AIDS, and improving childrens health, no organization, government, corporation, or individual can do it alone. Only by working together can we continue to bring real solutions to children and families around the world and make real our vision that every child deserves a lifetime.
-The Foundation is leading the way in this area by expanding services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and is currently working in more than 2,800 sites. As of December 31, 2007, the Foundation had reached more than 4.8 million women with access to services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. More than 3.9 million women have been tested for HIV through the Foundations programs.
-The Foundation is also a global leader in providing care and treatment services, placing particular emphasis on HIV-positive children. As of December 31,2007, more than 365,000 individuals, including more than 30,000 children, have been enrolled in its care and support programs. Since enrollment began, 198,000 individuals have begun Life-prolonging anti retroviral treatment; almost 15,000 are children under the age of 15.
In 2006, ASGRA's Board of Directors went thru a major shift. One of the positions up for reelection was Secretary. I asked Frank to stay on, to give the association a sense of stability in a changing organization. He stayed two more years, to help me personally and the Association. His support of ASGRA and the Board of Directors is reflected upon here by past and current board members: (Mike Sanders, President)
Frank Harrell has been one of the most consistent and dependable members of ASGRA. He's one of the 'quiet heroes' who does a lot of things to help keep the organization running without making a huge fanfare about his work. Frank has always provided excellent support to ASGRA and IGRA, whether through his designated/chosen activities or the multitude of things he has spontaneously taken on for both organizations. Often he has noticed a need for something simply taken it on personally. Frank has helped to bring both ASGRA and IGRA into the 21st century by revamping and maintaining the websites for both. His historical documentation has also included ensuring that ASGRA's history has been maintained. Although Frank has a passion for the technical aspects of his hobbies, he is far from a 'tech nerd'. His wry wit, along with his genuine concern for others and enthusiasm for all things western have endeared him to all of us. (Lonni L.)
Frank Harrell is one of the most devoted cowboys to our rodeo association. He has given tirelessly of his time and talent to not only ASGRA but IGRA and other Associations on the circuit. Frank is a man who defines behind-the scene volunteerism and personifies the 'spirit of the west' in this modern day world. (Patrick H.)
Frank has been a longtime member of ASGRA. Any time you ask for help he would do it, no questions asked. ASGRA's Board is going to truly miss him. Frank thanks for everything you have done and the support you have given me through the years. Good luck in whatever life has in store for you. (Ivan Cuadrado, Treasurer, Miss ASGRA 2008)
Frank is the man of a million hats. ASGRA secretary, webmaster, photographer, all around internet guru, the list could go on. His dedication to ASGRA and IGRA goes above and beyond the call of duty. We are lucky and honored to have him as a part of our association and our lives. (Rachel "Busty Bottoms", Ms. ASGRA 2005)
Frank has served ASGRA / IGRA in multiple capacities and offices throughout the years. He has generously given of his time and energies for each and every event / office he has served. His accomplishments include:
I have not captured all of his accomplishments, but the above listing is impressive. Frank's zest for life comes through in all that he does. We in ASGRA are blessed to have him here and to have all of his energy focused on making ASGRA one of the best Gay Rodeo organizations in IGRA. (Tom L.)
Frank, thank you for all you have done over the years. ASGRA would not be where it is without you. Your friendship and guidance has been comforting and a pleasure. (Jon H., Rodeo Director, 2008 Atlantic Stampede)
For the first time in any ASGRA rodeo children will be allowed to compete in two special events this year.
Stick Horse Race
In this event, children race as a group through a small "U" pattern around a pole on stick horses. The first one to cross the finish line wins $25 dollars. Children are divided out by ages to compete against each other: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12. The children must remain "riding" the stick horse during the entire pattern.
Piggy-Back Flag Race
One adult and one child compete together as a team in this event. The child is carried piggy-back by the adult. Teams race a triangular pattern similar to that of the flag race on horseback, though the pattern is greatly shrunk. Teams run past one barrel that has a bucket with rabbit pellets placed on top of it, and a flag in the bucket. The child picks up the flag and the team races around a pole to place the flag in the second bucket. Teams may choose to run to the right or left and as they pass the first barrel. The child must remain on piggy-back during the entire pattern. The flag must be placed in the second bucket to complete the event. The event is limited to a maximum time of 3 minutes. Best time wins $2.
Registration for these event is $5 per child for each event with all registration fees going to Pediatric AIDS Foundation. ASGRA will match up to $250 of the entry fees.
Contestants for these events can register at the host Hotel from 6-9 PM Friday, September 7 or at the rodeo grounds up until Grand Entry on Saturday, September 8 at the ASGRA table in the vendor tent. An adult must register the child.