World AIDS Day Concert at The Colburn School 2013: A Recap

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January 27 2014

Martha Williamson sings at WAD 2013
Martha Williamson singing a tribute to honoree Robin Smalley.


If you were unable to join us on November 30, 2013 for our annual World AIDS Day Concert at The Colburn School, you missed a moving tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives to this disease, as well as to those who are fighting to stem the pandemic.

Over the course of the evening, speakers included LeVar Burton, who noted that part of what motivates him to stay involved with this cause is his concern about his own teenage daughter, who, like anyone who is sexually active today, runs the risk of contracting HIV. AIDS Research Alliance Board Chairman, Dr. W. David Hardy, and ARA CEO, Carolyn Carlburg, also joined LeVar on stage. The program included inspiring testimonials from Robin Smalley, cofounder of mothers2mothers, a nonprofit organization focused on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, as well as Jim Chud, a 36-year HIV survivor, one of the longest living survivors on record at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Following the presentations, students of The Colburn School took to the stage to perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, as well as Astor Piazzolla’s Café 1930, and Nightclub, on marimba, cello and flute.

The night was made possible in large part through the generosity of, a Shop & Support company that has supported AIDS Research Alliance over the last two years with generous contributions, advancing our research and making free community events like this possible.

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We-Care check presentation
Gina Navani and Dylan Nord of presenting Carolyn Carlburg and LeVar Burton with the sponsorship check.


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