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.
Help Feed a Healthy Life
In our lobby sat a woman in her forties. Joanna* was frail and shaky. When asked by a staff member if she was okay, she said she hadn’t eaten in several days. Joanna was homeless and hungry. She had come to us for help.
AFH is a part of Houston’s safety net services working to end homelessness. To support the goals of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, AFH acts as an intake point for the The Way Home, a Coordinated Access system for housing. This system allows homeless persons to apply for housing through AFH regardless of HIV status.
We were also able to fulfill Joanna's more urgent need, however, because all individuals seeking services at AFH get access to our Stone Soup food pantry. Joanna wasn’t HIV-positive, so we helped her find shelter through another housing provider. What AFH did give her was a chance to eat, rest, and get the help she needed to change her life.
Have you ever been tempted to give money to a homeless person who says they're hungry but hesitated because you suspected they would use it to buy drugs or alcohol? You may well have been right, but the fact is, malnutrition and unending hunger are common outcomes of homelessness.
If you really want to help feed homeless individuals, both those who are living with HIV and those who are not, you can do so by donating to the AFH Stone Soup food pantry. Your gift will ensure that your desire to help those in need get the food they need to sustain them.
Help feed a healthy life!
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.