AIDS FOR AIDS International - My Hero Gala
Three Sixty - 11.08.12
Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, and Narciso Rodriguez join AID FOR AIDS International founder Jesus Aguais, co-chairs Maria Eugena Maury, Graciela Dauhajre and Alexis Cespedes Duffy to celebrate Vogue.com’s Editor at Large, Candy Pratts Price and Dr. Bruce Walker for their contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
This year, AID FOR AIDS International presented the MY HERO Award was presented by Diane von Furstenberg to a long time friend, Candy Pratts Price, to recognize her efforts in raising awareness of the needs for AIDS-related research and for her work to banish prejudice associated with this world-wide affliction.
This year’s honorees include:
• Candy Pratts Price, for her unwavering efforts to raise awareness of the crucial need for AIDS-related research and to fight prejudice associated with this global affliction, especially among Latinos.
• Dr. Bruce Walker, for his leadership in conducting pioneer research to develop an AIDS vaccine. Dr. Walker directs the Ragon Institute of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University.
• Community, A Walgreens Pharmacy for its active involvement in the response to the HIV epidemic and, more specifically, for its longstanding support over the years to AID FOR AIDS’ HIV Medicine Recycling Program and outreach efforts to expand HIV testing.
“The My Hero Gala gives us the chance to celebrate those who have taken a stand to help end the epidemic. This year’s heroes are truly an inspiration to us all,” said AFAI Founder and Executive Director Jesus Aguais. “Since the founding of our organization, we have grown from a simple idea into the largest redistribution program of HIV medication in the world. The work we are able to accomplish today is only made possible by the support of committed individuals like our amazing honorees for this year’s Gala.”
ABOUT AID FOR AIDS INTERNATIONAL
Founded in 1996, AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI) works to improve the quality of life of people with HIV or AIDS in developing countries, as well as immigrants in the US. They are also committed to fighting against stigma and discrimination and to stopping the spread of HIV.
AFAI provides access to treatment, education, HIV prevention strategies, and tools for advocacy. The organization also runs the largest redistribution program of HIV medication in the world through which they recover unused, unexpired life-saving medication that otherwise would be wasted and re-distribute it to those without access to medicine in the developing world. For more information, please visit http://www.aidforaids.org