Emmy Award Winner LeVar Burton Joins ARA Board

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September 19 2012

LeVar Burton with Dr. Jordan of the Oasis Clinic
LeVar Burton with longtime ARA friend Dr. Wilbert Jordan at the Summer Soiree for a Cure

We are honored to announce that our national spokesperson – Emmy Award winner LeVar Burton – has joined our Board of Directors.

As one of seven members of the Board, Burton will play a key role in shaping AIDS Research Alliance’s program and fundraising.

“AIDS Research Alliance is honored to welcome Emmy Award-winning LeVar Burton to its Board of Directors,” said Carolyn Carlburg, CEO of ARA. “Since LeVar became our national spokesperson just over a year ago, his energy, knowledge and commitment have furthered the mission of this organization and cause. We are thrilled that his involvement will continue to grow.”

Burton explained, “As someone in show business, I was very much aware of the AIDS epidemic. So when Carolyn Carlburg explained the work of AIDS Research Alliance and really broke down the ongoing need to shine a light on AIDS and AIDS research, as well as the unique position ARA has in the AIDS research community as an organization working on an HIV cure, I couldn’t say no. I realized there was such a need.”

Since becoming our national spokesperson last summer, Burton has acted as Master of Ceremonies for our two annual fundraisers, he has acted as a spokesperson for our Chase Community Giving campaign, recording this video of support, and he has used his legion Twitter followers to spread the word about ARA’s work and the pressing need for an HIV cure.

In his professional life, Burton is as busy as ever. He recently developed and launched a new tablet-based Reading Rainbow application, and he is a guest star on TNT’s new drama, Perception.

LeVar Burton is an Emmy Award-winning actor, director, producer, and HIV/AIDS activist, whose career has spanned decades. He first rose to fame as Kunta Kinte on Roots. Burton is also known for his roles as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as the host of the PBS children’s program Reading Rainbow, for which he also served as executive producer. Further, Burton directed and produced several segments of the Star Trek franchise, and directed the Emmy-nominated Tiger Woods Story for Showtime.


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