held the Aid for AIDS 4th annual “My Hero” award and Fall Gala last Wednesday night down at Capitale at 130 Bowery.
The “My Hero” award honors men and women who have made “heroic” efforts
to combat HIV/AIDS. This year’s award went to Paulo
Robert Teixeira, AIDS Program Director at the World Health Organization.
Clinton, Ian Klaus, and Adriana
The non-profit provides free healthcare and donated medication
as well as education to persons living with HIV/AIDS in Latin America,
Africa, and the Caribbean. The annual gala raises funds needed
to procure life-saving drugs from patients, social workers and
doctors in the US and Canada, distributing them to more than 1200
people living with AIDS/HIV in under-served nations.
Aid for AIDS also provides case management and referral for more
than 500 immigrants living with HIV/AIDS in the New York metro
area. Over the past six years, they have supplied HIV treatment
valued in excess of $15 million. Aid for AIDS was founded in
1996 by Jesus Aguais, an AIDS educator at St. Vincent’s
Hospital in New York City. For more information: www.aidforaids.org.
This year’s Gala chair was Eugenia Maury Arria with “next
generation” chair Adriana Cisneros. The
Advisory Board includes Ambassador Diego Arria, Clarissa
Bronfman, Adriana Cisneros, Carolina Herrera, Terence Riley and Angel
The event was attended by a wide spectrum of artists, designers,
patrons, AIDS activists and supporters including Patricia
Phelps de Cisneros, Alejandro Santo Domingo, Jackie Weld Drake,
Violy McCausland-Seve. Nan Richardson, Chelsea Clinton and Ian
Klaus, and Ross Bleckner.