Latino Commission On AIDS, Cielo Gala NYC-2021

By: Lidia Evita, Staff Writer for World Liberty TV


Guillermo Chacon With Eric Adams and guests

Miss Universe Andrea Meza and Social Justice Activist Joel “Joela” Rivera to be Introduced as Ambassadors during an evening Hosted by CNN Anchor Ana Cabrera and Fashion Designer Mondo Guerra

The Latino Commission on AIDS will culminate its 30th anniversary at its annual Cielo Gala on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City under the theme Designing a World Without AIDS. The event will recognize several individuals who continue to work to fight against HIV and AIDS.

Co-Emcee’s of event Ana Cabrera and Mondo Guerra

Those being honored are Dr. Rachel L. LevineAssistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Somos Health whose award will be accepted by Co-founder Henry R. Muñoz III,  and Lucciano Reberte.

Dr Abbey with Eric Adams NY Mayoral Candidate

 Social justice advocate and Black revolutionary Joel “Joela” Rivera will be recognized as the Commission’s Youth Ambassador as the organization renews its commitment to educate youth and new generations about HIV and AIDS, and Miss Universe Andrea Meza, who has been inducted as the newest Madrina of the Commission will provide her virtual regards.

Dr.Abbey with Judy Faye McLaren

“We are humbled and absolutely thrilled to be joined by amazing leaders and advocates in the fight against HIV and AIDS as we close another chapter in our history and continue our mission to end the HIV pandemic and its impact on Latinx communities across the U.S. and Territories,” said Guillermo Chacon, president of the Latino Commission on AIDS and founder of the Hispanic Health Network.

Dr.Abbey with Models wearing Nabel Vielman Couture Designs

“Latinos remain disproportionately affected by HIV, in terms of social stigma, new HIV diagnosis and the total number of HIV cases. We must continue working on education, prevention and access to care efforts in all communities until we end HIV!”

Dr Abbey with World Renowned fashion Designer Nabys Vielman

The Cielo Gala is an important platform to recognize the work of those who support the Commission’s goals of ending HIV and AIDS and improving overall health outcomes and wellness for the Hispanic/Latinx community.

Dr.Abbey with Henry Munoz Somos Health Co-Founder

As Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Rachel L. Levine fights every day to improve the health and well-being of all Americans and build a stronger foundation for a healthier future – one in which every American can attain their full health potential. She is receiving the Esperanza (Hope) Award for contributing to a sense of hope and possibility for preventing HIV and ending AIDS.

Grammy award Winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra

 SOMOS Health has been a critical partner with New York State to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine in underserved communities and is being recognized with the Business Leadership Award for its continued commitment to breaking down barriers to healthcare.

Esperanza Viva Dancers

The award will be accepted by SOMOS co-founder Henry R. Munoz III, a nationally respected voice in the Latino community, an award-winning designer and planner, and a leader of American politics, art, public affairs, and philanthropy.

Gullermo Chacon CEO of Latin Aids Commission Welcoming remarks

Luciano Reberte,  a Latino gay immigrant living with HIV and an advocate for LGBTQ communities, social justice and HIV rights. Lucciano is receiving the esteemed Dennis de Leon Voz de Compromiso (Voice of Commitment) Award, named after the former dynamic leader of the Commission, for his courage and strength as a health and HIV/AIDS advocate.

Lucciano Reberte recieving the Dennis Deleon Voz De Compromiso Award

The 2021 Gala will culminate the Commission’s commemoration of 30 years of service and launch a new era of service and commitment to meet the health challenges ahead. The evening will be hosted by Ana Cabrera, anchor of CNN Newsroom, and fashion designer Mondo Guerra.

Joela Rivera Honoree for Youth Ambassador with guest

Throughout her tenure at CNN, Cabrera has extensively reported on everything from the COVID-19 pandemic, politics, to natural disasters, to mass shootings and more.  Guerra is renowned as a breakout star of Project Runway and the first openly HIV-positive designer on the show.

Choreographer and director Maria Torres will present a theatrical tribute in a virtual collaboration with Arizona-based artist Lalo Cota , and three-time Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra led by Oscar Hernandez will provide live entertainment during the event.

Hundreds of guests in attendance

About the Latino Commission on AIDS:The Latino Commission on AIDS (Commission) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 dedicated to meet the health challenges and address the impact of HIV and AIDS, viral Hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), addressing stigma in the Hispanic/Latinx community.

The Commission is the leading organization coordinating National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day (May 15), (October 15), Latinos in the South, the Latino Religious Leadership Program and other prevention, research, capacity building, and advocacy programs across the United States and its territories.

Mr Chacon with Henry Munoz Business Award Winner

The Commission is also the founder of the Hispanic Health Network, dedicated to addressing health disparities.

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