For Immediate Release
February 01, 2012
Contact Information

Isheka N. Harrison
Communications & Outreach Manager
305-751-1295 ext. 139


(BLACK PR WIRE)--JANUARY 27, 2012 - (Miami, Florida) – Liberty City’s TACOLCY Center will partner with Empower U to host a Mini-Awareness Fair on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 from 12 – 8 p.m. at the TACOLCY, 6161 N.W. 9th Avenue, in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. 

This year’s event will focus on four specific points: education, testing, involvement and treatment. Events include informational workshops, free onsite testing, a movie screening and more.

For children there will be a kid’s corner complete with a bounce house, free cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones. Participants will have an array of ‘edutainment’ to choose from.

“This day is to celebrate life. Too often when people think of HIV, they automatically assume it is a death sentence,” stated Denise Rainey, Assistant Program Coordinator and Certified HIV/AIDS Counselor and Tester at the TACOLCY Center.

“Since the onset of HIV over 30 years ago, we have witnessed major strides and seen people that have been diagnosed live long, healthy and vibrant lives. Our people are not perishing from the disease itself, but rather they are perishing because of a lack of knowledge. With this fair, we strive to change that,” Rainey concluded.

For more information about the Mini HIV/AIDS Awareness Fair, contact Denise Rainey at 305-751-1295 ext. 115 or email

To learn more about TACOLCY, its signature programs and services, or how you can get involved, visit  

TACOLCY Center, Inc. is one of the largest youth and family service non-profits in Greater Miami. For over 46 years, the agency has been offering diversified services to youth, their families, schools, and other agencies, particularly around low income community issues and in the underserved minority community. TACOLCY has a long history of independent and collaborative community outreach and reaches over 2,000 children, youth and families annually. It has served over one million people since its inception. For more information, visit  

Empower “U”, Inc. is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) minority, peer-based AIDS Service Organization founded by people living with HIV/AIDS. Empower “U”, Inc. grew from the need for people living with HIV to become involved in finding and linking to care, HIV positive individuals who were only marginally connected to or not receiving medical care and or social support services. We continue to advocate for and serve those who voices are not heard.