Proceeds remain in Oklahoma and support the mission of the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund. Last year's event proceeds supported a pediatric camp for HIV positive children, peer to peer mentoring for LGBTQ+ youth at risk of HIV, programs that provide education and awareness to the African American and Latino community, food pantry access and meal delivery for people living with HIV/AIDS, case management support for people living with HIV/AIDS, free HIV testing at OKC PRIDE, and one-time emergency assistance for living with HIV or AIDS.
The Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund (OACF) started from a mother’s love. Our founders, Jackie and Barbara Cooper’s son was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the late 80’s. For 18 months, the Coopers traveled back and forth to New York to be with their son as he fought his own battle with the disease. The hospital was filled with young men dying, many alone, not wanting to tell their families. Mrs. Cooper made the vow that when her son’s journey was over - her journey would begin. She decided no Oklahoman would battle the disease alone and in 1991, created OACF.
Today, the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund provides support, education, advocacy and resources to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
25 Years of Red Tie Night in Oklahoma City
Red Tie Night 25th Anniversary Impact
Red Tie Night 2017
Red Tie Night 2016
Although the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund is predominately known for our annual fundraising gala Red Tie Night which raises critical dollars for our community grants program, we do so much more across the state in the areas of HIV prevention, advocacy and care for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Through our HIV Prevention and Care Program, OACF also provides direct services to over 30,000 unduplicated individuals annually through educational outreach events and awareness activities.
Your gift will provide essential funding for HIV prevention and care and allow OACF to continue to advance innovation, reduce stigma, and guide policies that address the statewide coordinated statement of need.