The AIDS Service Center NYC celebrated a remarkable achievement on November 29th, marking their 25th anniversary of dedicated service. The fundraising event was held in the Tribeca 360, a space offering a stunning, panoramic view of the city. The night celebrated the service of notable honorees with the 2016 Changemaker Awards. Of those recognized were Olympic hero Greg Louganis, attorney Joseph Saltarelli of Hunton & Williams, and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Their leadership and activism has been immeasurable in changing the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS.
The ASCNYC operates on various levels to provide stability and a sense of community for those who have or are at risk for HIV/AIDS. The organization offers informative programs that aim to encourage counseling and educate individuals about proper testing. Support groups inspire connections among those braving life with HIV/AIDS. Mental Health services, women’s services, and various medical services are available through the organization for vulnerable individuals. The ASCNYC continues to be a source of reassurance in the face of the disease and a positive change agent for health, recovery, and self-sufficiency.
The honorees have each had an impact on the success of the ASCNYC and the lives they have transformed. Greg Louganis spoke of his personal history as an advocate for both the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ communities.
Guests were encouraged to participate in both a live and silent auction to raise funds for the organization. Prizes included tickets for the sell-out show, Hamilton and travel accommodations for a safari stay, along with various jewelry gifts.
Eight city favorites provided cocktails and tastings for guests to try throughout the evening. Featured were Fat Witch Bakery, Frued, Lucca’s, Pampano, Penelope, Rosemary’s, Sazon Perez, and Speedy Gonzalez.
The ASCNYC will continue servicing New York residents under the new name, Alliance for Positive Change. The change was officially announced during the awards ceremony, receiving a warm round of applause from guests. The new title embodies the heart of the organization and their mission to unify and inspire in the face of adversity. The fight against AIDS/HIV will remain at the forefront of the Alliance for Positive Change.
Photos courtesy of Titus Kana. Special thank to Mitch from ASCNYC
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