Getting To Zero – AIDS Foundation celebrates World AIDS Day
December brings in cool weather but Houston’s philanthropic community keeps it all warm. AIDS Foundation gathered a full house with the “Getting to Zero” themed World AIDS Day Luncheon on December 2, 2013 at Westin Galleria.
AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) leads the innovative efforts in the prevention of new HIV infections and empowers individuals, families, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS to create and sustain healthy lives. The organization envisions a supportive community free of new HIV infections where individuals affected by HIV/AIDS lead healthy and productive lives without stigma and discrimination.
With honorary chair Jessica Rossman, guest speaker Phill Wilson, Founder and CEO of Black AIDS Institute, and Mayor of Houston Annise Parker we were reminded again of the city’s role in combating the spread of HIV and AIDS and our responsibility in its prevention. “We must have an open dialogue about sex with our loved ones,” said Mayor Parker.
Dr. Philip Keiser, received the Shelby Hodge Vision Award, who is a professor at UTMB Health in Galveston and his primary focus is the care and treatment of HIV and its related infections. The afternoon was inspiring and reassured us to take preventive measures and not discriminate people, instead step up and make a difference.
Spotted looking lovely in red were: Kim Padgett, Miya Shay, Jessica Rossman, also seen in the crowd were U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, AFH board chair Diann Lewter, Chevron public and government affairs manager Joni Baird, Travis Torrence, Edward Sanchez, luncheon emcee Jillian “JJ” Simmons of 97.9 The Box radio, Jeff Shell, Gordon Bethune, and many others.
For more information visit www.aidshelp.org.