1925201_883126345039771_5721188814749461288_nForget Black Friday and Cyber Monday! The best deals for all your favorite Austin restaurants and businesses are at La Gift Card Fete,” a holiday bazaar featuring 20% discounted gift cards.  Every single penny raised will go directly to the Paul Kirby Emergency Fund, which serves as a cash fund of last resort for clients of AIDS Services of Austin. Join hosts The Octopus Club and INK for an afternoon of shopping, drinks and music, this Saturday, December 6, 2014, noon to 2 p.m. at the Spring Condominium, 300 Bowie Street, 78703.  (NOTE: Please use available street parking. Do not park in the Spring Condominium garage.)

“This holiday season, the INK team and The Octopus Club are excited and honored to partner with Austin community businesses to grow support for the Paul Kirby Emergency Fund at AIDS Service of Austin. We look forward to welcoming family, friends, and supporters this Saturday for La Gift Card Fête,” said INK founding board member Ariane Marion, who is co-chairing the event.

More than 40 area businesses have donated gift cards to La Gift Card Fete, including

Elizabeth Street Café
Clark’s Oyster Bar
Chez Nous
Hyde Park Bar and Grill
Sue Patrick
David Kurio Florist
Castle Hill Fitness
Highland Lounge
Big Bertha’s Paradise
Forest Yoga with Tracey
Amys Ice Creams
Chez Zee
Iron Cactus
Red’s Porch
Kung Fu Saloon
Piranha Sushi and Bar
Pelon’s Tex Mex Café

Alamo Drafthouse
The Great Outdoors
Wanderlust Yoga
El Gallo
Austin Java
J. Black’s
P. Terry’s
Vino, Vino
East Side Café
Jesse Chirinos Massage
Head Over Heels Salon
Artisan Massage
Central Metro Realty
Finley’s Barber Shop
Oil Can Harrys
Mexic-Arte Museum
Back in Balance Acupuncture
JC Penny’s
Austin Ale House
Top Drawer Thrift Store
Top Notch Hamburgers

The Octopus Club is a grassroots all-volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Paul Kirby Emergency Fund at AIDS Services of Austin through annual events and parties.  Since its founding in 1989, the Octopus Club has raised more than $2 million for the fund, assisting more than 800 ASA clients.  It raised more than $100,000 for the fund in 2014.  INK is a spinoff of the Octopus Club whose mission is Uniting Young Professionals, Advancing the Paul Kirby Fund, and Promoting Safe Sex.

The Paul Kirby Emergency Fund provides emergency financial assistance to individuals infected with or affected by HIV and AIDS in Central Texas.  These funds are distributed to individuals for basic living needs through ASA on a case-by-case basis.  Services paid for by the fund include assistance with emergency food, housing and utilities, medical care, medication, and transportation.  When they have nowhere else to turn, the Paul Kirby Emergency Fund is a helping hand of last resort.