The 2019 Steven Pace Life of Service Award

The 2019 Steven Pace

Life of Service Award

The 2019 Steven Pace

Life of Service Award

JW    and    Charlotte

Charlotte Duke and Jane (JW) Wylie give of their lives by serving others. Both prefer not to be in the spotlight, but to take action, helping where they’re needed most.

Their dedication to serving began as public school teachers preparing students for successful futures, and showing them possibilities that they would not have known otherwise.

While working full-time as teachers, Charlotte and JW answered another call to service. When the HIV/AIDS epidemic reached Dallas, they both became volunteers and participated in small group teams called Care Bears, caring for young men who were rapidly dying. Charlotte and JW are among the sheroes of that era—women who were instrumental in providing help and care, sacrificing in a time when few other people would.

In retirement now, their passion for serving continues. They both continue giving their lives in service by helping the homeless on Saturday mornings at Cathedral of Hope. JW serves in the breakfast program called BACH, and Charlotte gives haircuts to homeless people.

JW also serves in the iCare food program at the church, and serves on the Board of Dallas Hope Charities. She is working to help reduce homelessness among LGBT young adults.

In addition, Charlotte volunteers at the Senior Source helping clients manage the limited financial resources. A talented musician, she also serves on the board of the New Texas Symphony.

Charlotte and JW are partners in serving others, and after many years together they have also combined their lives in marriage.

These two very special women were honored at Bloomin’ Ball 2019 with the Steven Pace Life of Service Award. They provide real help and hope by giving their lives in service to others – and their lives show us how serving not only changes individual people’s lives, but also makes the world a better place for us all.

The 2019 Crystal Hope Award

The 2019 Crystal Hope Award

The 2019 Crystal Hope Award

Carlos    and    Travis

Travis Gasper and Carlos Zapata are shining examples of why we can have a future filled with hope for a more just and caring society.

Travis won our hearts at AIN as a volunteer in 2009. In 2010, he became the youngest Director of Development in our history. Travis brought AIN into the social media world, raising the profile of AIN and getting the HIV message out to a younger generation. Four years later, his passion for equal rights for all took him to Texas A&M, where he graduated with a JD. During law school, he also spent time championing civil rights for the LGBT community and working with the EEOC on laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace.

Travis now works as an Attorney representing workers across the country – always a warrior for justice, with a servant’s heart.

Carlos Zapata shares his gift of broadcast journalism as an Emmy-winning, News Anchor for Noticiero Telemundo 39. He has worked his way to the coveted Anchor Chair at the 4:00 and 4:30 PM newscasts Monday through Friday. KXTX is ranked #1 regardless of language in key demographics in the DFW market. Carlos has received seven Lone Star Emmy Awards and multiple nominations in Texas and Florida.

He keeps in touch with the community by reporting nightly from the field giving voice to the voiceless through media stories that need to be told. Carlos is a visible example of helping raise awareness of many social justice issues.

Five years ago, Travis and Carlos met at church and were married last December by the Honorable Judge Dominque Collins.

In a time when the rule of law and freedom of the press are so vital to our future, we proudly honor these two men with the Crystal Hope Award. Carlos and Travis each are living the values of truth, integrity, and justice for all.

By Christine Muir – September 25, 2018

AIN — a nonprofit that has been providing access to treatment, care, events, meals, and counseling to Dallas’s community of HIV-positive people for over 30 years — opened its new facility on Sept. 20th.

The facility where a business is housed does not always matter to the employees working to make a difference; but in the case of AIN…..

To read the full article, click here.

Telemundo featured AIN Interpreter/Translator Hortencia Munoz!

Dallas, Texas has some of the highest STD rates in the nation. It is so important to get tested, to know your status and to be educated as to the risks that exist right here in our backyard.

Steven Pace Receives D CEO’s 2018 Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Award


Access and Information Network CEO was recognized at the inaugural award ceremony honoring nonprofits and corporations that “give back” to North Texas

 DALLAS, TX (August 2, 2018) —The clients, employees and Board of Trustees of AIN are delighted to announce that our CEO, Steven Pace, was awarded D CEO’s 2018 Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Award Wednesday evening, August 1st, 2018.

The award, presented by D CEO’s editorial board, honors “…professionals and organizations in the nonprofit world that continue to make a positive impact on the community, often under difficult financial constraints.”

Mr. Pace was one of nine finalists including Jennifer Bartkowski, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas; Trey Bowles, The DEC; Terry Flowers, St. Philip’s School and Community Center; Florencia Velasco Fortner, The Concilio; Madeline McClure, TexProtects; Patti Niles, Southwest Transplant Alliance; Kimberly Williams, Interfaith Family Services; and Todd Williams, The Commit Partnership.

Steven Pace Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dallas City Councilman Omar Narvaez presented Access and Information Network (AIN) CEO Steven Pace with a special recognition certificate recently at the 12th annual Bloomin’ Ball. Bloomin’ Ball is AIN’s largest annual fundraiser, and this year’s event was held June 2. The certificate says, in part, “We celebrate a life well lived, a role model citizen and an ambassador contributing to the vision of Dallas to be a diverse, vibrant and progressive city. To read the entire article, click here.

Dallas Voice tv On The Scene:

AIN’s 2018 Bloomin’ Ball

Dallas Voice tv On The Scene:

AIN’s 2018 Bloomin’ Ball

Their Legacies Live On

Their Legacies Live On

Trusts established by Hidden Door’s owners, Jim Roberts and Tony Bobrow, distribute $250K in donations to 3 organizations.

Harvey Meissner, president and general manager of The Hidden Door Inc., this week helped carry on the legacy of two LGBT community stalwarts by presenting donations totaling a quarter-million dollars to three community organizations.

AIN, Resource Center and Legacy Counseling Center each received checks for $87,833, Meissner said, (to read the complete article, click here.)

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