August 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm EST | by Staff reports
Permit snafu derails Chicago health expo
Montrose Rock, Chicago, gay news, Washington Blade

Montrose Rock in Chicago is billed as largest testing event in U.S. (Photo by Daniel Schwen; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

CHICAGO — A mixup over securing a permit for a sound system prevented Montrose Rock, credited as the country’s largest one-day HIV testing event and health fair, from happening this year during Chicago’s Black Pride event, the Windy City Times, a gay Chicago paper, reports.

A “retooling” of both the event and time will occur in 2015, according to organizer Arig Cabbler. It’s slated to take place on the Saturday before the Chicago Pride Parade. Burnham and Union parks, both considered as locations in 2014, are possible locales for next year, the Times reports.

The Rocks Coordinating Committee, which organizes the event, lost its tax-exempt status as a non-profit last year, the Times reports citing the IRS. Cabbler told reporters there that a new governing board has formed.

Even though a permit was not applied for at Montrose and the Lake, according to documents obtained by the Windy City Times, Cabbler did prepare a permit application on behalf of Brothers Health Collective for another park. Gabbler serves as the collective’s executive director.

Cabbler said Brothers Health Collective had served as primary fiscal sponsor. But, to receive government funding, the organization had to hold the event instead of serving as a sponsor.

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