World AIDS Day Luncheon 2018

Jacob Sudhoff & Jerry Hooker
            Keynote Speaker
Tituss Burgess


It’s more than a luncheon, it’s World AIDS Day.

November 30, 2018

    Location: The Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas St.
    11:30 AM Registration
    12:00 PM Luncheon

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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.

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.

Jacob Sudhoff - President and CEO, Sudhoff | Co-Owner, CASA Houston - With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Jacob 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. More...

Jerry Hooker - Principal, Mirador Group | Co-Owner, CASA Houston - Jerry 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. More...

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. Burgess’ character becomes a friend, roommate and mentor to Kimmy while he pursues his dreams of Broadway superstardom and becomes a viral sensation on YouTube. Tina Fey created Burgess’ outrageous character specifically for him. For the actor’s scene-stealing performance on the series, Burgess has been nominated for two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series and two Critics’ Choice TV Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He was also awarded Best Actor at the 2015 Webby Awards and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy at the 2015 Gold Derby TV Awards. More...

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. Community Health Workers (CHWs) have always stood for a more human connection to healthcare. The UH Honors team, with help from experts across disciplines, is creating a network that allows the CHWs to lead, and to directly address the needs of the community through collaborative projects between UH, local non-profits like Aids Foundation Houston, and the CHWs embedded in the community. Over the next few years, we hope to see dozens of CHWs across the region, all acting as independent contractors within the UH network. With training and continuing engagement from UH, the CHWs can make the human connection at the community level shape how we use the best health care technology and expertise. 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.

See photos from last year's VIP reception and luncheon on our Facebook page!

Underwriter Opportunities

Compassion - $10,000

Love - $5,000

Tribute - $3,000

Honor - $1,500

Celebration of Life VIP Ticket - $500

Celebration of Life Ticket - $150

Individual ticket to the Underwriter Party featuring Tituss Burgess - $100


*Please purchase by Tuesday, November 4th, to be included in program and event materials.


Presenting Sponsor


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John B. Connally,
Denny Lyons,
& Wayne Smith

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Kyle Pierce &
Daryl Shorter, MD

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Michelle Pisklak
Gwen Richard
Juan Rodriguez
Mike Stewart

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University of Houston Honors College
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