World AIDS Day 2012

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December 31 2012

 Dr. Michael Gottlieb, Barry Goldblatt, and Dr. David Hardy
Dr. Michael Gottlieb, Barry Goldblatt, Dr. David Hardy

On the evening of November 30th, AIDS Research Alliance hosted the first World AIDS Day Concert at The Colburn School. Despite the gray weather, hundreds of dedicated supporters came out to observe World AIDS Day in Los Angeles. Our VIP reception for our honored guests and community partners was held next-door to The Colburn School, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Representatives from our World AIDS Day sponsors also joined us for appetizers and wine before the concert.

While Zipper Hall filled up with our guests, images of World AIDS Day from around the world played on a large screen as a reminder that this event was part of a globally acknowledged day, emphasizing the significance and impact of HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Our Master of Ceremonies, Emmy Award winner LeVar Burton, welcomed the audience to Zipper Hall at 7:30p.m., followed by our Board Chairman, Cary Stevens, who introduced the evening’s honored guests, including Dr. Michael Gottlieb, the physician widely known for identifying AIDS as a new disease; Oscar De La O, the President of Bienestar Human Services, Inc; and Bruno de Rísios Bath, the Consul General of Brazil in Los Angeles, who was represented at the event by Tiago Silva Almeda. Dr. Mateo Ledezma, Clinical Director of the Center of Excellence for LGBT Care at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, spoke on behalf of our presenting sponsor, Kaiser Permanente. Keynote speaker Dr. David Hardy, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, gave the keynote address, sharing his inspirational insights on where the disease is headed and, what we can do as a community to achieve an AIDS-free generation.

The award-winning Calidore String Quartet gave a passionate performance of Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956, and the Colburn Woodwind Ensemble, joined by The Colburn School’s Dean Richard Beene, provided a delightful rendition of Mozart’s Serenade No. 12 for Winds in C Minor, K. 388.

The evening, dedicated to the millions who have died from AIDS, as well as those who live with HIV, who have been orphaned because of AIDS, and who do not have access to HIV/AIDS treatment, brought together a wonderful mixture of people from all over Los Angeles and beyond, even the state of Washington. We are grateful to all who joined us to observe our evening of hope and celebration of progress. We have received wonderful feedback. One attendee summed it all up, noting, “The Colburn School added such a note of splendor and normality that I rarely experience in an evening program devoted to HIV, it really was awesome.”

We appreciate donations you made at, and following the concert, including those from our sponsors, Kaiser Permanente, Ann and Robert Ronus, the Diane and David B. Heller Charitable Foundation, Gildead Sciences, and Merck. These gifts support our collective belief in the HIV/AIDS cure research we conduct, and we thank you for your vote of confidence.


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