BY: Liliana Rocio, Senior Editor For World Liberty TV
The Alliance for Positive Change, previously known as AIDS Service Center NYC (ASCNYC), honored New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Olympic Diving Gold Medalist Greg Louganis, and attorney Joseph Saltarelli of Huntons & Williams for their contributions to the HIV/AIDS community. The celebration marked the agency’s 25 years of service to New Yorkers navigating life with HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions. Honorees received the annual Changemaker Awards.
The event was hosted by CNN’s Javier Morgado, Executive Producer of NEW DAY, and featured remarks from keynote speaker Louganis, Counsel to the Governor Alphonso David on behalf of Governor Cuomo, and Sharen I. Duke, Founder & Executive Director of The Alliance for Positive Change, who announced the agency’s new name.
“For 25 years, The Alliance for Positive Change has sparked positive change in all its forms, helping thousands of New Yorkers overcome addiction, access medical care, escape homelessness, rejoin the world of work, and lead healthier, more self-sufficient lives,” said Duke. “But our work is not done yet. Now, more than ever, we need your support to fight stigma and end the AIDS epidemic through prevention, treatment and care.”
“I am proud to be recognized by an organization that has been helping others for 25 years,” said Mr. Louganis. “I support The Alliance for Positive Change’s efforts and I hope caring New Yorkers will do the same.”
“The Alliance for Positive Change truly delivers on its promise to help low-income New Yorkers get healthy, stay healthy, and move forward in their lives,” says corporate Changemaker, Joseph Salterelli of Hunton & Williams.
The Alliance for Positive Change’s 25th anniversary celebration and Changemaker Awards took place on Tuesday, November 29 at Tribeca Three Sixty°. Guests enjoyed a walk-around tasting featuring divine bites donated by Fat Witch Bakery, Freud, Lucca, Pampano, Penelope, Rosemary’s, Sazon Perez, Speedy Romeo, and Staghorn Steak House. Adding to the fun was an open bar, an amazing silent auction and an awesome live auction. All proceeds will benefit the life-saving work of The Alliance.
25 YEARS OF POSITIVE CHANGE The Alliance for Positive Change opened its doors in 1991, during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Today, the agency operates six health and wellness facilities located throughout New York City. In addition to HIV, The Alliance for Positive Change services address addiction, mental illness, hepatitis, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. The agency also offers help with housing, clothing, food deficiency and job placement. From nationally acclaimed peer training to poetry workshops, medical care to support groups, thousands of people each year take charge of their health and reclaim their lives with the help of The Alliance.
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