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24th Annual Bird House Event raises funds for Oklahoma City Winds House

The Annual Bird House fundraiser will feature paintings available for bidding by artist Debbie Curtis, known for her Barbie Art Collection, during the Winds House silent auction on Sunday, June 24 at the Museum Café. Photo by Debbie Curtis.

By Darla Shelden
Contributing Writer

The 24th Annual Bird House fundraising event to benefit the Winds House of Oklahoma City will be held on Sunday, June 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Museum Café, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Tickets are $35 per person and $50 per couple.

The Winds House, located at 1707 NW 17, provides transitional housing for individuals and families living with HIV. The residence is shared by five individuals. There is also a home for a families in which at least one member has an HIV/AIDS diagnosis.

Tickets to the event include cocktails, hors dʼouevres, and both live and silent auctions. The event will be emceed by Oklahoma City entertainer Maria Isabel.

Oklahoma artist Debbie Curtis, known for her Barbie Art Collection, will be donating paintings specially produced for the event. Emerson Events & Design, New Leaf Florist and Granada Florist will each donate birdhouses. Silent auction items will be provided by Paper Lion, Nail Lounge, along with other items from local community businesses.

“Any HIV/Aids related cause, such as the Winds House, is near and dear to me because I did lose a family member to the disease,” said Curtis. “And donating artwork is so rewarding – for just a few dollars in materials and a few hours’ work, I am able to give more than I could otherwise.”

“One of my favorite artists at the Girlie Show every year is Debbie Curtis who hails from Warr Acres, Oklahoma,” said Jennifer James, director of Oklahomans for the Arts. “Her artwork has always reminded me of my older sisters and the Barbies they handed down to me when they left home for college. I think Debbie’s paintings are a timeless nod to an iconic toy that has remained a favorite among five generations.”

The AIDS Support Program, Inc. (A.S.P.) is a non-profit, privately funded organization that owns and operates The Winds House and The Winds Family House – two residences for people who are HIV- infected. Since the mid 1980s, A.S.P. has worked to meet the needs of Oklahoma’s HIV+/AIDS communities.

“With your help, we are making strides in improving the lives of many Oklahomans in need,” said Donna Jackson, President of Winds House. “The Bird House event is one that we look forward to every year. Those who have lived at The Winds House and The Winds Family House reflect the diversity of those the illness strikes. A.S.P. is open to all persons with HIV+ who need a home.”

Sponsors for the event include Maxwell Landscape Co. LLC, Sheryl Colton & Rob Shaff, Northside Tag Agency, Donna Jackson Attorney At Law P.C., Conventions & More, The Paper Lion, The Nail Lounge, The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro, and Impressions Printing.

“I love watching the community involvement at this fundraiser, said Bruce Maxwell, Winds House Treasurer. “We have great sponsors, supporters and friends that make the Bird House event happen every year.”

“Our long-term goals include expanding our program by acquiring additional space to serve more people,” said Jackson. “The dynamics of this disease and the probability of decreased public funding make the need for additional housing even more acute. We intend to increase our services by accommodating an even more diverse group of affected people, including families.”

The Winds House and The Winds Family House are supported by donations from businesses, churches, caring individuals and fundraisers like the Bird House event.

“These donations make it possible to reduce the cost of household items, rent and utilities expenses, thus allowing persons with limited means to live with dignity,” said Jackson.

For information call 405.525.6277.

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