VIP Reception with Mondo Guerra - Thursday, December 5, 2019
Location: BeDESIGN, 2016 W. Alabama St.
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Luncheon - Friday, December 6, 2019
Location: The Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas St.
11:30 AM Registration
12:00 PM Luncheon
World AIDS Day is a 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.. 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.
World AIDS Day Co-Chairs & Host Committee
Co-Chairs for the 2019 World AIDS Day Luncheon are Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, Adrian Dueñas, and Duyen Nguyen.
Host Committee members include: Alex Blair, Jacque Colbert, Debbie Festari, Charles Hough, Jenny Johnson, Trang H. Le, Catherine Matthews, Shawntell McWilliams, Micheline Newall, Judy Nyquist, Orlando Ocanas, Travis Torrence, Silvia Salle
Fashion Designer & Advocate for HIV/AIDS Awareness
Mondo Guerra is a designer and social influencer whose innovative style and bold prints have caught the fashion world’s imagination, while his truth and courage captured the hearts of fans around the world when he first revealed his HIV-positive status on Project Runway (Season 8). He later went on to win the debut season of Project Runway All Stars and became an audience favorite as mentor on Lifetime’s spinoff series, Under The Gunn. Mondo also recently became the host of the new Project Runway spinoff: Runway Remake.
Mondo will be interviewed by Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse. Ernie Manouse is an eleven-time Emmy Award winning TV anchor, producer, and host, known for the Houston Public Media produced series: InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse (which ran for 15 seasons on PBS stations across the country); the arts magazine show Arts InSight; and the nationally-syndicated, top-rated Downton Abbey-inspired talk show, Manor of Speaking. Ernie began his career in radio and has worked primarily in television for the last 23 years. With the re-launch and re-branding of Channel 8 as part of Houston Public Media, he can now be heard and seen on radio, TV, and the Internet. Manouse’s current projects include hosting and producing Houston Public Media’s web and television initiative Mockingbird & Armadillo, and the performing arts podcast and radio show Unwrap Your Candies Now with Catherine Lu. Additionally, Manouse tours the country interviewing Al Pacino in the stage show PACINO: One Night Only; is co-host to finance expert Suze Orman on her bi-annual PBS specials; and holds the title of “Ultimate Interviewer” from the Houston Chronicle.
Shelby Hodge Vision Award Honoree:
Bruce Richman is our 2019 Shelby Hodge Vision Award Honoree. Bruce is the founding Executive Director of Prevention Access Campaign's Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U), a growing international movement to share the revolutionary but largely unknown fact that people living with HIV on treatment with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners. In 2012, nine years after his diagnosis, Bruce learned U=U. After recognizing that people with HIV and the public were not being informed about this groundbreaking science, he joined with activists and researchers to ensure the science reaches the people it was intended to benefit. U=U is based on the principle that all people living with HIV have a right to accurate and meaningful information about their social, sexual, and reproductive health based on science not stigma. More...
The Shelby Hodge Vision Award is given each year to an individual or organization that exhibits extraordinary vision in addressing HIV/AIDS.
VIP RECEPTION featuring Mondo Guerra
Luncheon underwriters and VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to meet fashion designer/Project Runway All Stars winner, and World AIDS Day Luncheon Keynote Speaker Mondo Guerra at our VIP Reception on the evening prior to the luncheon. A limited number of individual tickets for the reception will be available at $100 each. It will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, 6-8 p.m. at BeDESIGN, 2016 W. Alabama Street. Beverages will provided courtesy of Treaty Oak Distilling.
Note: The VIP Reception is a separately ticketed event. It is open to underwriters at the $1,500 level or above, luncheon guests who have purchased VIP tickets, and those who have purchased individual VIP Reception tickets.