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The Balmain Festival

BALMAIN MEN SS2020: THE BALMAIN FESTIVAL

Highlighting once again the inseparable intertwining of music with Olivier Rousteing’s singular style, Balmain’s presentation of its Men’s Spring 2020 Collection formed part of la Fête de la Musique, Paris’ annual all-night celebration of music.

Reflecting Rousteing’s desire to democratize and modernize fashion, the June 21st outdoor presentation was open to as many members of the Balmain Army as possible, with over 2,000 attendees expected to celebrate the longest day of the year at a special festival site set up inside the French capital’s historic, 400-year-old Jardin des Plantes. Rousteing’s designs will be an integral element of this unique music celebration, with the Men’s runway offerings seamlessly mixing with festival contributions from a host of musical talents pulled together by Olivier Rousteing.

All invitees were asked to join Rousteing, Balmain and the music artists in supporting (RED). Their donations, as well as profits from sales of limited-edition Balmain festival merchandise and food and drink offerings, were dedicated to supporting (RED)’s efforts to end HIV/AIDS.

Other partners helping to make possible this unique fashion-music festival event are Diamond Foundry, Puma, Balmain, Paris Hair Couture, L’Oreal, Alterfood, Au Top, Bagnard, Cyril Lignac, Hxouse, Le Bar, Stohrer and Urban Act.

“As my team and I planned for today’s concert-runway, we aimed to keep it simple, concentrating on one clear message: our belief in the possibility of a more inclusive, joyful future for fashion.

Obviously, we all know that fashion still has a lot of work to do on many fronts, including moving past its long failure to celebrate all members of our society. Yes, presentations have become slightly more diverse in recent seasons—but, while campaigns and runways might have been able to begin the shift towards what our world actually looks like, there seems to be little inclination to democratize other areas of our industry. For example, attendance at shows continues to be restricted to the same lucky few, season after season. With doors closed and filters imposed, only a small number of those who dream about fashion and design are actually given the chance to participate.

It often seems to me that the fashion world is a bit confused about some very basic definitions, redefining “luxury” as hyper-exclusive and “aspirational” as restricted to a tiny elite—but I believe that fashion’s dreams should never be limited to just one small group. Fashion needs to be both inclusive and aspirational. My team and I are hoping that by sending invitations to thousands who would otherwise not be able to view a Paris fashion show, we can help start a needed conversation about modifying traditions and exploring new ways of opening up runways. Changes could be inspired in part by social media’s communication model, which has allowed fashion houses to directly engage with a new generation of design lovers. I’m convinced that the payoff of welcoming and incorporating a new youthful energy and fresh ideas into our collection and presentations would be enormous.

With an optimistic outlook like that, it’s perhaps no surprise that much of today’s offering looks to the early ‘80s for inspiration. For that era was marked by more than just the Easter-egg pastels, soft denims, graphic monochromatic patterns, and American-Gigolo tailoring that you see channeled into today’s looks—there was also an intoxicating, invigorating feeling of new possibilities in the air, as music, design and fashion merged into fresh methods of telling stories, relying on new types of platforms to break barriers, imagine a better future and communicate in surprising novel ways.

Today, I feel a bit of the same energy and optimism repeating itself, as we begin to push back for needed changes at the same time that a host of new entertainment platforms—from Apple TV, Netflix, Amazon—also offer new possibilities, while streaming countless series, many focusing on better, more inclusive futures. The Balmain atelier has helped me look to this optimistic future by referencing and building our incredible past. Our craftsmen have relied on classic skills and techniques to create some impressive pieces that do not aim to duplicate past glories, but instead prepare for future excitement.”

Olivier Rousteing
Paris

Statement from (RED)
“We are so grateful to Olivier and everyone at Balmain for lending their talent and unrivalled creativity to (RED)’s fight to end AIDS. This incredible event will harness the energy of fashion and music fans to not only raise money, but also bring real heat and awareness to a disease that remains a crisis today. This unique celebration comes in a truly critical year, as France prepares to host the sixth Global Fund Replenishment in October,” said Jennifer Lotito, COO, (RED).

Statement from Diamond Foundry, main sponsor for this event
“We are thrilled to partner with Balmain and to continue our support of (RED) and their incredible mission. There is a perfect synergy in our shared vision and values with the creative team at Balmain. As a global fashion leader, Olivier is constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries of design, and we are excited for our upcoming collaborations,” said Mona Sadat Akhavi, VP of Marketing, Diamond Foundry

Statement from Puma, sponsor for this event
“We are thrilled to be supporting the Balmain Fashion Show event in Paris,” said Adam Petrick, Global Director of Brand and Marketing at PUMA. “Given the work Cara Delevingne is doing with Balmain and the fact that she is one of PUMA’s most trusted global partners, it felt like a perfect fit. Balmain is a leader in the fashion space and we are inspired by the impact they are having on culture. We’re excited to share more soon about upcoming projects with the fashion house.”

About (RED)®
(RED) was founded in 2006 to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands that contribute proceeds from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund. To date, (RED) has generated more than $600 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted over 140 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

About Diamond Foundry
At Diamond Foundry, we are reimagining the industry by operating a responsible, honest and transparent business. As America’s leading producers of lab-grown diamonds, we create real diamonds aboveground in our San Francisco foundry with our proprietary solar technology. Utilizing renewable energy, we are the world’s first certified carbon neutral diamond producer. Only 1% of the world’s diamonds meet our unparalleled quality and craftmanship standards. We collaborate with jewelry brands to create designs that empower and inspire. Real. Unique. World Positive. For more information, visit DiamondFoundry.com

About PUMA
PUMA is one of the world’s leading Sports Brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear apparel and accessories. For 70 years, PUMA has established a history of making fast product designs for the fastest athletes on the planet. PUMA offers performance and sports-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running and Training, Basketball, Golf and Motorsports. It engages in exciting collaborations with renowned design brands to bring innovative and fast designs to the sports world. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Dobotex. The company distributes its products in more than 120 countries employs more than 13,000 people worldwide, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany.

(RED) Valentine’s Day Products

Happy to share some of our favorite (RED) products as you prepare your Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. Every time someone buys a (RED) product from one of our partner companies, they’re helping save lives. So, whether your readers are celebrating someone special or practicing self-love this year, we have the perfect dash of (RED) for any occasion.

Below are some highlighted products we thought might be a perfect fit for your Valentine’s Gift Guide. Please let me know if you’re looking for something else specific, as we have a variety of (RED)partners making it easy to shop great gifts and save lives.

· (ALEX AND ANI)RED Heart of Strength Bangle: Wear your heart on your sleeve this year with this lifesaving accessory. Retail Price (Gold Bangle): $21.90

· Pucker up this Valentine’s Day with the all-natural and organic pomegranate raspberry(eos)RED Lip Balm. Retail Price: $3.49

· Have sex and save lives with our brand new (DUREX)RED Condoms. When you choose (DUREX)RED, you’ve chosen to protect yourself and your partner, and to join the fight against AIDS. Learn more. Retail Price: $14.99

Martha Stewart

Watch: https://youtu.be/dG_W9K–Hz0

Did you know that the daily pill that saves your life if you’re living with HIV costs just 20 cents a day in sub-Saharan Africa? Highlighting the impact that just 20¢ can have on someone’s life, the new EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES PSA, featuring Martha Stewart, Padma Lakshmi, Elizabeth Falkner, Hannah Bronfman, Angie Mar, Dana Cowin and Hong Thaimee, reminds food fans worldwide the power of what two dimes can buy when you choose to EAT (RED) this June.

(RED)’s fifth annual culinary campaign features an exciting line-up of chefs, food and drink activations, dining experiences and products to turn people’s food and drink choice into a force to fight AIDS, by raising money and awareness for the Global Fund. There are so many ways for food fans worldwide to get involved June…

  • Eat out at restaurants like Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza where you can order the (RED) VINE Pizza at more than 260 of its locations across the U.S, donating $1 for every order of a (RED) Vine and a Coke, up to $50,000.

  • Order in from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams who will offer a special (RED) Collection for the month of June. Featuring five lovingly made flavors – Coffee with Cream & Sugar, Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, Ricotta Toast with Red Berry Geranium Jam, Ndali Estate Vanilla and dairy-free Dark Chocolate Truffle – delivered straight to your doorstep, each purchase will generate $6 to fight

  • Attend a PlaceInvaders series of intimate pop-up events in New York and Los Angeles. Hosted in secret residential properties, each brunch and dinner seating will feature menus by NYC- and LA-based chefs including Angie Mar (The Beatrice Inn), Patti Jackson (Delaware & Hudson), Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson (Kismet and Mad Capra), Jessica Koslow (Sqirl) andMei Lin (Nightshade). Tickets include five courses, (BELVEDERE)REDcocktails, and Josh Cellars wine, and are priced between $120-$150, with $18 from every ticket sold going to fight AIDS – enough to provide 90 days of life-saving medication.

National AIDS Memorial × Quest Diagnostics 100K Grant 

National AIDS Memorial Receives $100,000 Grant from Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics employees and executives joined more than 100 community volunteers at the National AIDS Memorial to announce a $100,000 grant to Bolster Community Volunteer WorkdaysQuest Diagnostics employees and executives joined more than 100 community volunteers at the National AIDS Memorial to announce a $100,000 grant to bolster the memorial’s volunteer workday program in 2018.

The Quest Diagnostics grant, one of the largest received by the National AIDS Memorial, will support the memorial’s Community Volunteer Workday program in 2018, help fund new equipment, plants, trees and shrubberies and support maintenance and hardscape improvements. The grant will also help underwrite the National AIDS Memorial World AIDS Day commemoration events on November 30 and December 1.

“We are grateful for the support of Quest Diagnostics, as this grant comes at a critical time in our efforts to tell the story of people who have died from AIDS and ensure their stories are known by future generations,” said John Cunningham, Executive Director, National AIDS Memorial. “The community volunteer workdays are at the heart of our mission and this grant provides important funding to support keeping our 10-acre memorial a beautiful space for healing and remembrance.”

Since 1991, nearly 40,000 volunteers have participated in more than 300 Community Volunteer Workdays at the National Aids Memorial, donating more than 200,000 volunteer hours and planting more than 10,000 trees, plants and shrubs. The sacred ground of the 10-acre, living memorial honors all who have confronted the tragic HIV/AIDS pandemic; those who have died, and those who have shared their struggle, kept the vigils and supported each other during their final hours.

“Quest Diagnostics has been a long-time supporter of the National AIDS Memorial and its mission and we are proud to expand our commitment through this grant,” said Thomas Patrick Plewman, General Manager, IDI/General Health and Wellness, Quest Diagnostics. “The memorial is a special place where people from all around the world come to remember loved ones lost to AIDS, which is why we’re proud to help maintain this national landmark and support the memorial’s community activities.”

Nearly 30 years ago, an original Quest Diagnostics company was the first to develop a test that identified the presence of HIV. As of 2014, an estimated 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV and less than half have ever been tested for the HIV virus. As a leading provider of diagnostics information services, Quest Diagnostics is dedicated to advancing disease management for the HIV community and raising the standards of care in HIV diagnostics and beyond. Whether a patient is dealing with HIV or another condition, Quest Diagnostics helps collaborate and provide accurate information so patients can make the best decisions for their health and well-being.

About the National AIDS Memorial
: The National AIDS Memorial is a dedicated space in the national landscape where millions of Americans touched directly or indirectly by AIDS can gather to heal, hope, and remember. The National AIDS Memorial, known as “the Grove”, was created twenty-five years ago in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a place where those impacted by AIDS could both grieve and begin the process of healing. In 1996, legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi was signed into law by President Bill Clinton that elevated “the Grove” as this nation’s sole federally-designated National AIDS Memorial. Today, nearly 40,000 individuals from around the world have contributed 200,000 volunteer hours to support the National AIDS Memorial and its mission to provide, in perpetuity, a place of remembrance so that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten and the story is known by future generations. For more information visit www.aidsmemorial.org, follow on Facebook @NationalAIDSMemorial and Twitter @AIDS_Memorial.


(Left to Right) Volunteer Todd Watkins and Ashwini Dumaswala, Sr. Director, Quest Diagnostics join more than one-hundred community volunteers at the National AIDS Memorial for the last Community Volunteer Workday of the year where Quest Diagnostics announced a $100,000 grant to bolster the memorial’s volunteer workday program in 2018. Quest Diagnostics is dedicated to advancing disease management for the HIV community and is a leading provider of diagnostics information services. (Photo credit: Marvin Morris)
 

More than 100 community volunteers at the National AIDS Memorial gatherer for the last workday of 2017. Since 1991, nearly 40,000 volunteers have participated in more than 300 Community Volunteer Workdays at the National Aids Memorial, donating more than 200,000 volunteer hours and planting more than 10,000 trees, plants and shrubs. The sacred ground of the 10-acre, living memorial honors all who have confronted the tragic HIV/AIDS pandemic; those who have died, and those who have shared their struggle, kept the vigils and supported each other during their final hours. (Photo credit: Marvin Morris)
  


Quest Diagnostics employees and executives joined more than 100 community volunteers at the National AIDS Memorial during the last Community Volunteer Workday of 2017 to announce a $100,000 grant to bolster the memorial’s volunteer workday program in 2018. The grant from Quest Diagnostics will support the memorial’s Community Volunteer Workday program in 2018 and help fund new equipment, plants, trees and shrubberies and support maintenance and hardscape improvements. events. (Photo credit: Marvin Morris)

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown was introduced to the world of entertainment through his unreleased memoir entitled, Muted Dreams. It was dubbed the male version of Push by Ebony Magazine which secured him tons of followers on social media.

 

However, it wasn’t until Brown left his position at The Alexander Doll Company and began to embark on a fashion and philanthropic dream. The vision commenced with the birth of LVL XIII (Level 13) –  a luxury men’s fashion label which launched a line of top-tier sneakers. 

 

The collection became an instant success. Brown made over $250,000 within the first two months in sales. To date, LVL XIII has garnered attention from Chris Brown, JR Smith, Tyson Beckford, Kroy Biermann, Nas, Tracey Morgan, Jim Jones, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Tucker and Tristan Wilds. 

 

Most recently, LVL XIII signed a 1.5 million dollar deal with Zhu Jiang, owner of Décor Apparel (clothing and accessories manufacturer). It included a million dollar liquid cash investment and was highlighted by FORBES Magazine.

 

The initial accomplishments of the brand sparked interest from international superstar, Jason Derulo, whom now serves as Brand Ambassador and Key Investor of LVL XIII. Together they expanded its portfolio and added LVL XIII APPAREL, catering to affluent male millennials.

 

As a humanitarian, Brown spends his time educating and supporting abused youth and giving back to the community through on-site activations and monetary donations. In the past, he’s coordinated various celebrity fashion shows focused on the fight against HIV/AIDS. Many of them were hosted by Angela Simmons, Nene Leakes, K. Michelle and Ro James.

 

Through these engagements, Brown has made notable contributions to both amfAR (a leading organization dedicated to the support of HIV/AIDS research) in the amount of $10,000 and Hero for Children (a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for children infected with and impacted by HIV/AIDS) in the amount of $5,000 – establishing The Antonio Brown Scholarship which contributes to the organization’s summer camp.

 

FUN FACT:

*In 2016, LVL XIII made national headlines when it debuted new apparel and footwear during NYFW at Pier59 Studios.

Elton John AIDS Foundation to Commemorate Its 25th Year and Honor Founder Sir Elton John

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will host its annual New York Fall Gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.  This year’s gala commemorates the Foundation’s 25th year and honors Founder Sir Elton John. President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew M. CuomoSharon Stone, and others will pay tribute to Elton John’s achievements as a philanthropist and humanitarian. The legendary Aretha Franklin will be the special musical guest, along with performances by violinist Joshua Bell and Broadway’s The Lion King, featuring Heather HeadleyNeil Patrick Harris will host the event.

“Elton’s philanthropic endeavors and activism for human rights and the arts have inspired millions and made a positive difference in people’s lives around the world,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “But without a doubt, Elton’s greatest contribution as a humanitarian is his 25-year commitment to building one of the most important institutions in the effort to end AIDS – the Elton John AIDS Foundation.”

“At this time of great uncertainty in the world, EJAF’s work is more important than ever. After 25 years, EJAF remains steadfastly committed to addressing the unmet needs of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and fighting stigma as a major driver of the global AIDS epidemic,” said EJAF Executive Director Scott Campbell. “We believe everyone living with HIV/AIDS should have immediate access to high quality medical care and all people at risk of HIV should be empowered with the best knowledge and tools available to prevent transmission no matter who they are, who they love, where they come from, or what they do.”

EJAF is also delighted to announce American Airlines, BVLGARI, Robert K. Kraft, Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund, and Bob and Tamar Manoukian as the Presenting Sponsors for this year’s gala.

The Co-Sponsor for this year’s gala is The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation. Gold Sponsors are Joseph W. BlountDon Capoccia and Tom Pegues, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Gilead Sciences, M•A•C Viva Glam, and Jo and Raffy Manoukian. Silver Sponsors are Disney Theatrical Productions and Merck.

EJAF Chairman David Furnish will serve as the honorary chair for the Gala.  As part of this year’s special tribute to Elton, EJAF created a Founder’s Circle, a special group of EJAF supporters made up entirely of former recipients of the Foundation’s Enduring Vision Award and Founder’s Award:  Tim AllenBill and Tani Austin, The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon, John and Edwina BarbisJoseph W. BlountM. Michele Burns, President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Governor Andrew M. CuomoJohn DemseyTracey EminFrank Tiberius GangiFrank GiustraGreg GormanCharlie HendonDiana JenkinsJay JoplingJeffrey and Marilyn KatzenbergCaroline and Sidney KimmelBillie Jean King and Ilana KlossRobert K. KraftLeonard LauderSandra LeeBob and Tamar ManoukianJo and Raffy ManoukianTamara MellonSharon and Ozzy OsbourneHoward RoseLily SafraPablo and Nathalie SalameCaroline ScheufeleSharon Stone, and Steve Tisch.

Event Chairs for the Gala are: Jean-Christophe BabinAlec and Hilaria BaldwinSandra BrantDon Capoccia and Tom PeguesAndy CohenSheryl CroweAlan Cumming, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Dennis R. Fee and Stephen P. CarlinoRichard GereNeil Patrick Harris and David BurtkaCaitlyn JennerBilly JoelQuincy JonesMark JulianoHeidi Klum, Padma Lakshmi, Matt LauerCyndi LauperSandra LeeSpike and Tonya LeeJudith LightSusan LucciBaz Luhrmannand Catherine MartinEric and Janet McCormackTerrence MeckBette MidlerThomas E. Moore, III and Mark ReynoldsMatthew Morrison, James L. and Margo NederlanderMartha NelsonKaty PerryThomas SchumacherDarren Walker, and John Waters.

For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or andreas.schwarz@ejaf.org.

American Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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About the Elton John AIDS Foundation

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) we believe AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Elton John created EJAF nearly 25 years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through the generous support of far-sighted individuals, foundations, and corporations, the two foundations together have raised more than $385 million over the past quarter century to challenge discrimination against people affected by the epidemic, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in EuropeAsia, and Africa. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.  For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

American Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Project Angel Food’s 27th Annual Angel Awards 

Project Angel Food’s 27th Annual Angel Awards Provide an Unforgettable Evening Under the Stars

Gala Event Raises $600K and Honored the Late George Michael, Nordstrom, Jason Ball and Gayle Anderson of KTLA


Project Angel Food hosted its 27th annual Angel Awards Gala at on Saturday, August 19, 2017, honoring the late George Michael, at the organization’s Hollywood headquarters, turning the parking lot and adjacent street into a world class wonderland for the 470 supporters, celebrities and media members in attendance. Charitable attendees, including presenting sponsor Chaz Dean, combined to raise $600,000 for Project Angel Food, during an evening that included an auction, celebrity presentations and was highlighted by a once-in-a-lifetime performance by Queen front man Adam Lambert. Lambert sang George Michael’s hits “Faith” and “One More Try” before finishing with Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” which George Michael had also covered.

Auction items included two sets of Will & Grace tickets that included a set visit, taping and a meet and greet with the cast, which sold for $10,000 each. A McLaren driving experience with a 2018 McLaren and a professional race car driver was auctioned for $12,000 and attendees also combined smaller individual donations to raise $20,000 to send 100 children of clients and their parents to “Cinderella” at the Hollywood Pantages Theater. This included a donation by actress and Angel Awards presenter Sharon Lawrence. The Angel Awards also had an anonymous donor donate $10,000 for a one-on-one reading with “Hollywood Medium” Tyler Henry.

As food is at the center of Project Angel Food’s mission, guests were treated to delicacies created by some of Los Angeles’ most famous Chefs. This included Rory Herrmann, Chef/Owner Barrel & Ashes as the evening’s Culinary Director, Jason Neroni, Chef/Owner Rose Café on starters, Neal Fraser, Chef/Owner Redbird/Vibiana for the main courses and Private Chef Stuart O’Keeffe on dessert.

This year’s event held a special significance, as it posthumously honored the legendary performer George Michael, a dedicated friend, volunteer and supporter of the organization and to date, its largest individual donor. George Michael received Project Angel Food’s Elizabeth Taylor Leadership Award, named for the iconic star, who was both a generous and loyal benefactor. One of Project Angel Food’s clients and beneficiaries of the medically tailored meals they deliver every week accepted the award on his behalf.

“George Michael was responsible for keeping our doors open and keeping critically ill members of the Los Angeles community fed when we were in dire need of help,” said Project Angel Food Executive Director Richard Ayoub. “His generosity and kindness will never be forgotten, and through the Goss/Michael Foundation’s support, every meal we provide still has some of his spirit.” Ayoub also added that, “Project Angel Food has entered a new era. It was announced Saturday night that for the first time the organization is receiving funding from the state of California for a pilot program to prove that medically tailored meals can bring down health care costs. As we have long known, food is medicine.”

George Michael’s longtime partner, Kenny Goss, spoke at the event, recalling George’s dedication to the organization and what it meant to both of them.

“When George volunteered here in 1998, I was here with him. And I’ve got to tell you he was so impressed with the staff and volunteers, the quality of the food and the compassion embedded in the meals,” said Kenny Goss. He continued, “I’m so happy that George is finally getting the recognition he deserves with Project Angel Food’s Elizabeth Taylor Leadership Award. There’s been a lot said about George since he died, but I’d love for his legacy to be his music and his generosity.”

George Michael was a special guardian presence for Project Angel Food, when the organization was going through its most trying times. In 1993 Project Angel Food persevered to feed the influx of AIDS patients who turned to them during the height of the epidemic. Struggling to make payroll while sacrificing internally for the good of the community, Project Angel Food received an unsolicited donation, placed on the organization’s doorstep. Contained in an envelope was a check and note from George Michael, for the amount of $25,000. He would donate that same amount every year until his tragic passing in 2016.

Nordstrom was also honored, as a longtime corporate partner and active participant in the Project Angel Food mission.
“Nordstrom is committed to giving back to the communities we serve, and for more than 15 years we’ve supported the outstanding work of Project Angel Food,” said Leslie Martin, Nordstrom Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Southern California. “We’re humbled to play a part in helping Project Angel Food deliver more and more nutritious meals each year, along with encouragement and hope, to thousands of individuals in need right here in our own backyard.”

KTLA- 5’s Jason Ball, Vice President News and Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 Morning News Reporter were also recognized for their outstanding commitment to Project Angel Food and its ongoing support of individuals and families in need.

Project Angel Food, since its inception has provided more than 10.5 million meals, free of charge and continues to prepare more than 11,000 meals a week. These lifesaving deliveries bring love and sustenance to people living with critical illness. Project Angel Food has expanded the initial mission of serving people living with HIV/AIDS to include medically tailored meals, prepared by the staff and volunteers, for men and women combatting cancer, kidney failure, congestive heart disease and diabetes. The mission has always remained intact, to feed and nourish the sick, by delivering healthy meals throughout Los Angeles County. More than 98% of the clients are living well below the poverty level, and Project Angel Food is their lifeline, filling a vital need in all communities. The client demographics are testimony to this, 40% Latino, 30% African-American, 21% Caucasian, 5% Asian and 4% other.

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY AT NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL

This week (August 18th) marks nearly thirty years since the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE)Act was signed into law, creating the most comprehensive federal program that provides services exclusively to people living with HIV.

Hemophilia advocates and survivors will gather on the eve of the anniversary at the National AIDS Memorial where construction is underway for a beautifully designed memorial feature being built to forever honor all the lives lost in the hemophilia community to AIDS.

The Hemophilia Memorial feature will consist of a new stone circle inscribed with the names of those in the hemophilia community who have died from AIDS.  It will also pay tribute to the courage and activism of those who worked tirelessly on behalf of the hemophilia community to ensure America’s blood supply is safe and this type of tragedy never happens again.

The hemophilia community was faced with evidence that treatment for their disorder was contaminated with HIV and hepatitis C. Approximately 90% of all people with severe hemophilia were infected with HIV. In response, , the hemophilia community launched a powerful and inspiring fight to right the system that failed them and to make blood and blood products safer for all.

Hemophilia advocates and survivors will gather to view construction progress, share their personal stories and encourage the hemophilia community to share names of loved ones lost.

There is still time for names to be inscribed in the circle before its formal dedication next month.

Information about how to have a name inscribed in the Hemophilia Memorial feature can be found at Aids Memorial Official Website.

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WHEN:          Thursday, August 17, 2017

                         10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:       The National AIDS Memorial (the “Grove”)

Eastern end of Golden Gate Park at the intersection of Bowling Green & Nancy Pelosi Drives

WHO:            Leaders, advocates and survivors in the Hemophiliac and HIV/AIDS Communities, including:

  • Patrick Dunlap, CEO, Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California
  • John Cunningham, Executive Director, National AIDS Memorial Grove
  • Karen Holine, mother of Jason Neal Fulton, who died due to the tainted blood supply