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Legendary Motor City Pride Events Will Again Raise Money for AIDS Programs

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The Michigan AIDS Coalition (MAC) is pleased to announce Geared for Life, the GEAR Party, and Motor Ball will be incorporated into its annual fundraising and program activities. Following a successful revival of Motor Ball this year after a nine-year hiatus, the three of the original founders of the event – Tracy Hoffman, Derek Zachariah, and John Joanette – signed over all rights to Geared for Life, the GEAR Party, and Motor Ball to the Michigan AIDS Coalition.

Attendees at this year’s Motor City Pride Saturday, June 7 capped off the evening at Motor Ball, a revival of the event last held in Detroit in 2005. More than 500 people attended and raised nearly $6,000 for MAC.

“Last year the founders approached me and expressed an interest in reviving Motor Ball, with MAC as the beneficiary,” says Terry Ryan, MAC CEO. “We were thrilled and agreed to do a one-day soft re-launch of Motor Ball, which in the past had grown to be a successful multi-day fundraising event.”

Motor Ball, Detroit’s version of the famed circuit parties, which became so popular in North America, was originally called the GEAR Party (Generating Education, Awareness, and Respect). It was a fundraising product of a now dissolved organization called Geared for Life. GFL’s (1994-2005) mission was to raise funds for local AIDS organizations that provided education, financial assistance, and service programs for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Entirely volunteer driven, GFL was important to the community because it provided needed financial support for AIDS non-profit organizations.

The Michigan AIDS Coalition will soon announce the date for 2015 Motor Ball, along with other activities under the GFL banner. For more information, please visitwww.michiganaidscoalition.org.

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