Barb Eldridge, Co-Chair AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run
I became an AIDS activist in 2004 after the sudden loss of my son Rychard to HIV/AIDS at the age of 36. I had made him a silent promise from my heart that I would try to make a difference. My journey of healing began by fundraising for HIV & AIDS charities. doing all that I could to make that happen.
I began by supporting the Cascades AIDS Walk in Portland with my niece in the fall of 2004. It was then that Team Rychard was established.
I continued to support that walk until 2008 when Phoenix re-established their walk & I began to support Aunt Rita's Foundation.
Over the years I have continued my journey of healing by holding several different fundraisers in the Fountain Hills area. My goal was to not only raise awareness & money for HIV/AIDS but to keep Rychard's memory alive. I believe I have done that by raising well over $100,000 in the past 12 years. I am proud to say that Team Rychard has been one of the top fundraisers for Aunt Rita's Foundation. I am proud to be alongside my friend Richard/Barbra Seville in co-chairing this year's walk! And I am quite sure that my son Rychard is proud of me.
"Just a Mom"
Richard Stevens, Co-Chair AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run
Richard Stevens has been delighting audiences from coast-to-coast as Barbra Seville for twenty years!
Barbra Seville was Phoenix Pride's Parade's Grand Marshall in 2001, Echo Magazine's Man of the Year 2000, and was recently awarded The Aunt Rita's Foundation Heart Award for his leadership with AIDS WALK ARIZONA, raising over $120,000 with his Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100 fundraising team.
In 2009, Stevens created the Wonderful 100 team as a way to harness the energy and enthusiasm of his friends and supporters.
#BSW100, as it is known on social media, is a simple idea: 100 people committing to raising $100 to help people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
#Bsw100's record-breaking totals are raised by producing exciting, original, and fun events to motivate people to make their community a better place.
He proud owner of a red Cockapoo named Lucy, his hobbies include politics, pageants, trivia, and biographies.
Catch his award winning show Friday and Saturday nights at The Rock, in Central Phoenix.