Olympic Diver Greg Louganis Keynotes World AIDS Day
Olympic Diving Champion Greg Louganis will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 World AIDS Day Luncheon. Greg is simply the greatest diver in history. 2016 marked the 40th Anniversary of his first Olympic win--a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, in platform diving, at the tender age of 16. Eight years later he became the first male diver to get double gold in springboard and platform in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and again in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He has earned a total of 5 Olympic medals, 5 World Championship titles and 47 national titles — more than any person in U.S. history. His records remain unbroken. In 1988 Greg Louganis also tested positive for HIV. Coming out as a gay athlete in a time when it simply was not done, his 1995 autobiography, Breaking the Surface, spent five weeks at Number One on the New York Times bestseller list and his PGA and Emmy nominated Documentary Back on Board is receiving rave reviews nationwide and can now be seen on HBO.
The story of Greg’s life is a story that has inspired millions. Today, as a speaker, author, actor, activist, humanitarian and designer, he continues his tradition of excellence in every field he touches. Come hear his amazing story and be inspired by his courageous example at the 2017 World AIDS Day Luncheon. Greg will also sign copies of his autobiography after the luncheon.
This year, the World AIDS Day Luncheon will be benefitting two agencies: AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. and Avenue 360 Health & Wellness. Both organizations play a vital role in ending new infections while supporting those who are HIV positive by offering comprehensive care. Care that only a strong strategic alliance can offer.
By combining the Human Side and the Medical Side of HIV Care, the whole person is served. Your support of the 2017 World AIDS Day Luncheon: Mission Undetectable will help provide housing, food, neighborhood outreach, prevention through education and testing, behavioral health, biomedical prevention such as PrEP, dental care, life skills, case management, and many other supportive services.
As part of the alliance between AIDS Foundation Houston and Avenue 360 Health & Wellness, this year's underwriter party will include an Avenue 360 Sing for Hope Tribute on Thursday, November 30th, 6-8 p.m. Sing for Hope has a 20+ year history of raising funds to provide health and social services to underserved families in Houston. It is one of the most anticipated and heartfelt celebrations of the social season. In addition to an evening of amazing music, guests will have the opportunity to meet world diving champion and World AIDS Day Luncheon Keynote Speaker Greg Louganis. A limited number of individual tickets will be available for the underwriter party at $100 each. Visit the ticket page to become an underwriter or to purchase an individual ticket to the underwriter party. Time and location details coming soon. Venue information will be provided upon ticket purchase.
Shelby Hodge Vision Award Honoree Announced
The Houston Health Department Bureau of HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Prevention will be honored with the Shelby Hodge Vision Award at the World AIDS Day Luncheon. Bureau Chief Marlene McNeese will accept the award on behalf of the department for their innovative HIV prevention programs, including molecular HIV surveillance. By collecting HIV genetic data to support local and state health departments in monitoring trends in transmission and antiretroviral drug resistance, molecular surveillance can guide public health strategies that help prevent the spread of HIV.
Ernie Manouse, a host and producer at Houston Public Media and longtime supporter of AIDS Foundation Houston, will lead a brief question-and-answer session with McNeese about the city’s Bureau of HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Prevention programs. The Shelby Hodge Vision Award is given each year to an individual or organization that exhibits extraordinary vision in addressing HIV/AIDS.
Caroline Starry and Jeff Gremillion are the co-chairs of the 2017 World AIDS Day Luncheon.
Caroline Starry is a freelance writer and editor who has supported Houston arts and artists since having served 3 years as membership manager at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) starting in 2005. She is current board president of The Catastrophic Theatre, sits on committees for CAMH and the Menil Contemporaries and the board of Lott Entertainment. A Houston Grand Opera Ovation Award recipient, she has chaired many events and worked countless more as Becca Cason Thrash's assistant for 2 years.
Jeff Gremillion is the editor of Houston CityBook magazine. He is a Louisiana native and a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. He moved to Houston in 2005 to help launch Houston magazine, where he served as editor-in-chief until 2016. Before that, Gremillion was an editor at Entertainment Weekly and Columbia Journalism Review magazines, among others. He has written for Readers Digest, TV Guide, Cooking Light, Time Out New York and many other publications.
Tickets for the luncheon start at $150. Tables start at $1,500. Click here for tickets and additional information.
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Anyone needing housing assistance, regardless of HIV status, can apply at AIDS Foundation Houston. As a coordinated access point for the Houston Coalition for the Homeless, AFH can process applications for all major housing programs in the city of Houston. Housing for HIV+ applicants will be provided by AFH. Housing for HIV- applicants will be provided by other Houston-area housing agencies.
Applications are currently being accepted at AFH offices at 6260 Westpark Dr., Suite 100, Houston, TX 77057, Monday-Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM.
COMPUTER RESOURCE CENTER
AFH has opened a free Computer Resource Center for anyone affected by Hurricane Harvey who needs Internet access to apply for FEMA assistance, Food Stamps (SNAP), Social Security or other mainstream health and welfare assistance programs. The center may also be used to search for employment and submit job applications. Printers are available for printing documents as needed.
The Computer Resource Center is located at the AFH offices at 6260 Westpark Dr., Suite 100, Houston, TX 77057, and is open Monday-Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM.
THE FOLLOWING RYAN WHITE PROVIDERS ARE OPERATING WITHIN THEIR NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:
· Access Health
· Avenue 360 Health & Wellness
· Houston Health Dept. Case Managers
· Legacy Community Health Services
· The Montrose Center
· St. Hope Foundation
· Thomas Street Health Center
· University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - Pediatric ervices
· VA Medical Center Houston - Medical Case Management Services
HARVEY RELIEF EFFORT DONATIONS URGENTLY NEEDED
Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain in some areas of Houston causing catastrophic flooding throughout our wonderful city.
AIDS Foundation Houston has over 200 clients living with HIV/AIDS residing in one of our six housing programs. As the flood waters continue to recede, we continue to assess the condition of our housing programs and our clients' welfare. Meanwhile, we have begun to receive requests from people living with HIV/AIDS who have been displaced from their homes and are seeking medicine, housing, food, and other basic needs.
If you are looking for an agency that will use your donation to help with recovery, please consider a gift. Prefer to donate by text? Scan the QR code on the right or text give to 713-909-4129.
Thanks to all of you who have already donated!!!
Your gift will help those affected by the storm to cover repairs to housing programs, purchase and distribute food from AFH’s Stone Soup food pantry, provide emergency housing for our current clients or new clients, as well as meeting unforeseen needs of the community in the recovery months ahead of us.
AIDS Foundation Houston continues to coordinate with the City of Houston, the Coalition for the Homeless, and the Houston Food Bank to provide safe housing, food pantry services, and other support services to as many people living with HIV/AIDS in Houston as we enter this recovery period. Your donation will help fund critical post-storm operations.
The Stone Soup Food Pantry urgently needs donations of ready-to-eat foods. (Those who have been displaced by the storm or are otherwise homeless may not have the means to cook.) Donations of the following items are being accepted from 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday:
- Feminine Products
- Toiletries for men and women
- Cleaning supplies
- Ready-to-eat foods:
- Juice Boxes
- Peanut Butter (creamy)
- Vienna Sausage
- Fruit Cups
- Beans and franks
- Granola/Cereal bars
EZ Food Donations to Stone Soup for storm relief through the Amazon wish list.
We are also accepting gift cards to be used for medication refills, as well as gas cards and metro cards for transportation to healthcare providers, or you can donate directly to Stone Soup by clicking here.
OUR MISSION AND GOALS
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.
AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. envisions a supportive community free of new HIV infections where individuals affected by HIV/AIDS lead healthy and productive lives without stigma and discrimination.