PRESS RELEASE: Bully Buster USA sponsors OC Ride for AIDS

Posted: October 12, 2012 in Bully Buster USA, Community Outreach, Iconosys, PRESS RELEASES, text kills tour 2012

Orange County Ride for AIDS Smartphone app offers registration, convenient donation feature, and organized access to all that is the OC Ride for AIDS    

Laguna Niguel, California, October 11, 2012Iconosys, Inc., a leading mobile safety Smartphone application developer based in Orange County, CA, has finished development of a convenient new Smartphone app for the AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF). The app was designed for the Orange County Ride for AIDS (OCRA) in order to give app users access to better and more convenient tools for registering for, donating to, and supporting the efforts of this well-known and important event.

This year’s third annual OCRA is positioned to be the largest and most successful event yet. ASF’s OCRA event raised just under two hundred thousand from donations collected in the past two years.  The 2012 goal is to raise two hundred thousand dollars. In 2011, more than 115 people participated in the bike ride to help raise funds to prevent the spread of HIV and improve the lives of men women and children in Orange County affected by HIV/AIDS.  This year more than 140 riders have already registered and donations are being accepted.

This year’s OC Ride for AIDS event is scheduled on October 13, 2012 starting and finishing at the Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, CA. Corporate sponsors include Iconosys, Bully Buster USA™, Monster Offers, Casa Laguna Inn & Spa,Shopoff Group,  EuroPapi, Greenlight Financial Services , Juice It Up!, Shell Vacation Club,TextKills.com, Union Bank Foundation, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Equinox and Wells Fargo Bank.

Ryan Foland, COO of Iconosys Quote:

In this, the 3rd year of the OC Ride for AIDS we are very proud and honored to be able to align ourselves with such a worthy cause!  We are confident that our app, with year-round usability, will be a hit with the event attendees, and will be appreciated and enjoyed by the thousands of people that support this organization.”

Orange County Ride for AIDS 2012 App Features are set to include:

  • Access to register yourself or your team for participation in Orange County Ride for AIDS 2012 in Laguna Beach
  • An easy-to-use donation option that allows you to conveniently make donations to support OCRA, at any time of the year and with the push of a button on your Smartphone or smart device
  • Picture With – a feature allowing you to take custom framed photos at the event (Android only)
  • Virtual Booth – Allowing vendors to have a virtual presence on each of the attendees phones, including a vendor/sponsor directory
  • Inside the app access to up-to-date news and information on the foundation’s works and successes, all year long
  • Access to the ASF website, as well as its Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites, all in one place
  • OCRA Catch – A fun new game where you can help to raise virtual money by catching falling money, making sure to avoid falling hazards (iPhone only)

Availability:

The App is available for Android OS and iOS phones.  The app can be downloaded from from ASF’s website, as well as from the Iconosys website and Facebook pages, the Adshark™ AppHysteria™ App Store, the Android Market, GetJar, the Amazon appStore, and the Barnes & Noble Online marketplace, and iTunes.

The Orange County Ride for AIDS is a newer HIV/AIDS fundraiser that is gaining popularity and exposure through grass root and viral efforts. Launching this new fundraiser in 2010, ASF is the organizer for the event.

Funds raised at the annual ride support essential programs and care offered by ASF to thousands of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Orange County. Services provided through AFS include food, housing, transportation, case management, mental health counseling, family and children’s programs, HIV testing and prevention education, and support groups.

ASF is very happy to be working again with our friends at Iconosys,” commented Philip Yaegar, Executive Director, CEO, AIDS Services Foundation Orange County.The increased awareness they’ve brought to our cause through the development and promotion of the AIDS Walk Orange County app, and now the OC Ride for AIDS app, is immeasurable and greatly appreciated.

A new addition to this year’s event is the inclusion of the TextKills® Bus at the finish line. The wrapped RV is a not-for-profit, outreach program founded in 2010 by Iconosys and its executives to take the message of distracted driving and cyber-bullying to schools and events around the country in an effort to raise awareness of the risks associated with these addictive behaviors. Recently joining forces with Bully Buster USA™ in 2012, the Text Kills® Bus has taken a stance on the use of texting to bully.

 

The TextKills® bus regularly partners with law enforcement, fire and safety authorities, schools, and local cities/communities in an effort to keep people thinking about the risks that cell phones can pose when used while driving or when used to bully, and OCRA feels that having the bus is a great fit for the event.

By signing the Text Kills Bus, we ask concerned citizens to do everything they can to refrain from texting and/or talking on the phone behind the wheel, and ask them to make a pledge to not be a bully,” added Ryan Foland, Iconosys COO and founder of Bully Buster USA™. “Cyber-bullying greatly affects the LGTB community and texting while driving poses a great danger to road bikers; we are excited to spread awareness of both these issues at this year’s event.”

You can show your support for the event and its causes by coming down to sign the Text Kills® bus, or you can even sign the bus online at textkills.com and get a copy of your signature sent to you (as it appears on the bus).

For more information about the event, see the Orange County Ride for AIDS website at:www.ocrideforaids.com

 

To Sponsor Orange County Ride for AIDS, please contact:

Verlaine Crawford, Director of Corporate Development, AIDS Services Foundation Orange County at (949) 809-8761 or email at vcrawford@ocasf.org

 

About AIDS Services Foundation Orange County

AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) was founded 26 years ago at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic by a small, dedicated group of community volunteers to provide support to their friends and loved ones who were dying of AIDS and in desperate need of help.

Over the years, ASF has served over 75% of the individuals affected by HIV/AIDS in Orange County and has evolved into the most comprehensive and experienced nonprofit HIV/AIDS service agency in Orange County, CA.  ASF’s staff of more than 50 people reflects the communities served – more than 25% identify themselves as Latino and bilingual in Spanish.  ASF is governed by an all-volunteer-member board of directors who are leaders in the community. Over 600 volunteers gave over 26,000 hours of their time last year – the equivalent of more than 12 full-time employees. Among the volunteers are people living with HIV/AIDS, whose very personal understanding of this disease further enhances the agency’s ability to serve its clients.

About Iconosys, Inc.

Iconosys, a member of the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) and the maker of the widely used and well-publicized Word Bully, Guard’s Up!™, LatchKey Kid™, My Max Speed™, and Trick or Tracker Smartphone apps, is developing technologies and technology driven products for its clients with a goal toward designing apps that enrich, enhance, and ultimately make safer, our day-to-day lives. Iconosys has developed event apps for events like the OC Walk for AIDS, AIDS Walk LB, Long Beach Marathon, and may more.

Iconosys develops Apps and technologies for iOS and Android OS Smartphones and tablet computers. See a cross section of some of Iconosys’ catalog of nearly 700 Smart device apps from your Smartphone browser: http://apps.iconosys.com, and from your computer browser:  http://iconosys.com/product.php.

 Press Contact: AIDS Services Foundation Orange County

Marc Montminy, Director of Communications and Public Relations

Direct:  949-809-8766

ASF Office:  949-809-5700

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