It’s more than a luncheon, it’s World AIDS Day.
Isn’t it just another luncheon? No, it is World AIDS Day. It is the day to raise awareness about HIV and remember the community members and loved ones we have lost to AIDS. Houston ranks 11th in the nation for new HIV transmissions. Over 26% of those new transmissions will be diagnosed with AIDS, and there are 29,643 people living with HIV in Houston/Harris County.
What does it take to change these numbers? It takes the preventative and stabilizing services provided by AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc., and the comprehensive community healthcare provided by Avenue 360 Health and Wellness that normalize HIV prevention and treatment. That is what this year’s World AIDS Day Luncheon will accomplish. This luncheon helps end HIV transmissions, and provides stabilizing services and superior healthcare to the Houston community. Both AFH and Avenue 360 benefit from your support of this event.
World AIDS Day Luncheon
November 30, 2018
Location: The Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas Avenue
11:30 AM Registration
12:00 PM Luncheon
Underwriter Party featuring Tituss Burgess
Luncheon sponsors will have the opportunity to meet actor, singer/musician, and World AIDS Day Luncheon Keynote Speaker Tituss Burgess at our Underwriter Party the evening prior. A limited number of individual tickets will be available for the underwriter party at $100 each. Visit the ticket page to become a sponsor or to purchase an individual ticket to the underwriter party. The underwriter party will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29th, 6-8 p.m. at CASA Houston, 2800 Kirby Dr., Suite B100.
World AIDS Day Co-Chairs
Jacob Sudhoff and Jerry Hooker are the co-chairs of the World AIDS Day Luncheon.
Mr. Sudhoff -- President and CEO, Sudhoff | Co-Owner, CASA Houston -- has more than 20 years of real estate experience and continues to make an impact on the Texas development landscape. In 2010, he founded Sudhoff Companies with an integrated approach to serve clients as an advisor, investor and authority for urban residential development, sales and marketing.
Mr. Hooker -- Principal, Mirador Group | Co-Owner, CASA Houston -- serves as the architectural visionary behind some of Houston’s most luxurious condominium developments, most notably The Sophie at Bayou Bend, an exclusive private city estate overlooking Bayou Bend Gardens, and Giorgetti Houston, the venerable 120-year-old Italian furniture makers’ first totally luxury-branded real estate project.
Keynote Speaker Tituss Burgess
Emmy and SAG nominated actor, musician, and writer Tituss Burgess is quickly emerging as one of the entertainment industry’s most versatile and dynamic performers, with his work in television and theater generating both critical and commercial acclaim.
Most notably, Burgess stars as ‘Titus Andromedon’ in the Emmy®-nominated comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starring opposite Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane. The show follows a young woman named Kimmy Schmidt as she adjusts to life in New York City after living in a doomsday cult for 15 years.
Shelby Hodge Vision Award Honoree
The University of Houston Honors College Community Health Worker Initiative, is the 2018 Shelby Hodge Vision Award Honoree for their groundbreaking outreach work in communities with high HIV transmission rates. UH Honors College Research Assistant Professor Dan Price, Ph.D. will be accepting the award.
The Shelby Hodge Vision Award is given each year to an individual or organization that exhibits extraordinary vision in addressing HIV/AIDS.
What Will It Take?
What will it take to reduce HIV transmission rates in Houston? It will take a commitment to address the barriers that have allowed this virus to continue to affect vulnerable populations.
These communities face stigma, lack economic and housing stability, and are disconnected from institutional health care. AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) continues to address these issues with the necessary commitment to get Houston to zero transmissions.
Mitigating these barriers enables persons living with HIV to enjoy better health and create lives that are productive and fulfilling. Health is improved and sustained through the Stone Soup food pantry, which provides food assistance for HIV-positive clients. AFH housing programs are designed not to warehouse indigent persons living with HIV, but to give them the tools and motivation they need to become responsible and independent. HIV-positive youth find a secure, non-judgemental environment at Camp Hope where they can have fun and develop life skills for living with the virus. Our Community Health Worker Program educates those living in areas with a high-incidence of HIV on the importance of knowing one's status, how to avoid the virus, and getting into care if necessary. The AFH PrEP Clinic helps those who are HIV-negative and at-risk acquire the one-pill-a-day regimen that prevents HIV transmission more than 90 percent of the time.
These are but a few of the ways that AFH serves the HIV/AIDS community while preventing HIV in our community. It is an enormous task, but this is what it will take to push past being ranked 11th in the nation for new transmissions to being the first major American city to achieve ZERO. None of it happens without your commitment too. Please give today to help AFH continue to deploy and operate innovative programs focused on getting Houston to zero.
You can donate easily via text message if you prefer. Just text AFH18 to 713-909-4129 and follow the prompts!
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.