Running 1Celebrate Spain’s Running of the Bulls at the “Toros y Tapas,” the summer’s next great “fun-raiser” by The Octopus Club, benefiting the Paul Kirby emergency fund at AIDS Services of Austin.

The event will be held Saturday, July 11 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the home of Michael Rodriguez and Stephen Watkins, 4000 Hyridge Drive, Austin, Texas 78759.

Attendees can casually relax poolside with tapas and fine wine while we live-stream the scene of handsome Spanish men fleeing for their lives from a horde of furious bulls. The soundtrack will be the best dance music and, of course, some Spanish ballads.

Suggested contributions at the door are $25, $50, $100 or more. Like at every Octopus Club event, every penny of your contribution provides assistance to someone in Central Texas living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS.

Octopus_Club_Logo_2011The Octopus Club is a grassroots all-volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Paul Kirby Emergency Fund at ASA through annual events and parties. Since its founding in 1989, the Octopus Club has raised more than $2.1 million for the fund, assisting more than 800 ASA clients.

The Paul Kirby Emergency Fund provides emergency financial assistance to individuals infected with or affected by HIV and AIDS. These funds are distributed to individuals for basic living needs 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.

For more information on The Octopus Club and the emergency fund, visit

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Special thanks to our Toros y Taps hosts: Michael Rodriguez, Stephen Watkins, Mauricio Carranza, Charley Schumate, Jay Billig, Jeffrey Jungbauer, Billy Brown, Lew Aldridge, Jim Lommori, Candis Guidry, Sue Campion, Matthew Rogovein, Kathy Simon, Ahmed Fathalla, Bob Dailey, and Doug Plummer.