By Darla Shelden
The 27th Annual Birdhouse Fundraiser to benefit the Winds House of Oklahoma City will be held on Sunday, April 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dunlop Codding, 609 W Sheridan Avenue, in Oklahoma City.
Tickets are $40 per person and include wine and hors d’oeuvres. The event will feature a live and silent auction.
‘We are excited to be teaming up with Dunlap Codding as our location for Birdhouse this year,” said Camden Chitwood, President of the Winds House board. “We’ve got some fantastic sponsors, fantastic supporters and friends of the Winds House, and we are looking forward to a fun event.’
“Join our loyal emcees, aka masters on the mic, Maria Isabel and Shantel P. Mandalay, to bid on birdhouses created by local artists,” said Chitwood.
“We have some amazing ‘artists’ who have signed on to create Birdhouses for us – Scotty Irani, Emerson Events, Kindt Events, Lecye Lippoldt, many local florists and Winds House supporters,” said Chitwood.
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. They are two transitional housing facilities for people who are living with HIS and AIDS. Since the mid 1980s, A.S.P. has worked to meet the needs of Oklahoma’s HIV+/AIDS communities.
“With the public’s help, we are making strides in improving the lives of many Oklahomans in need,” said Chitwood. “We look forward toThe Bird House event every year.
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, thus allowing persons with limited means to live with dignity,” Chitwood added.
The Winds House, located at 1707 NW 17, is a transitional program in Oklahoma City for individuals with HIV/AIDS who are homeless or who are faced with the imminent threat of going homeless.
Winds House offers those in the program a chance to develop skills, find employment, seek educational possibilities, and to apply for SSA Disability.
“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.”
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. Both facilities are supervised by resident manager, Connie Beaver.
“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.”
Sponsors include Donna Jackson Law, PLLC; Architectural Hardware Design; Coffey Insurance Conventions & More; Northwide Tag Agency; Pat Bolt, Maxwell Landscaping Company; Batman Enterprises, Emerson Events; and Chuck Wells Realtor with KEVO Properties.
“This year’s Birdhouse event will be the best yet, we have a couple of fun surprises in store for those that attend,” Chitwood stated.