Hyacinth AIDS Foundation To Honor Local Leaders

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NEW BRUNSWICK – The Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, New Jersey’s first and largest AIDS service organization serving over 15,000 people annually, will recognize three local individuals for their efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS at its 25th Anniversary Gala on Nov. 13.

The Hyacinth AIDS Foundation will recognize Congressman Frank Pallone for helping secure over $1.5 billion in federal funds for the fight against AIDS; Douglas Michels, CEO, OraSure Technologies for making rapid HIV testing available and affordable to millions of people worldwide; and Laurence E. Ganges, assistant commissioner, Division of HIV/AIDS Services, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services for working to assure that people living with HIV/AIDS in New Jersey are connected to care, know how to prevent transmission, and have access to medical and mental health care.

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“I am truly pleased to recognize three leaders on the front lines of battling the HIV/AIDS epidemic within our community,” said Jeri M. Thomas, president, Hyacinth AIDS Foundation. “We all know that HIV/AIDS is a global and national problem, but first and foremost it continues to be a local problem as New Jersey ranks 5th in the nation in HIV infection and 3rd in the proportion of women who are HIV positive. We are proud at the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation to have reached more than 15,000 New Jerseyans last year with life saving care, treatment, prevention education, testing and advocacy.”

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 25 percent of the 1.1 million HIV-positive in the U.S. do not know they are infected. Approximately 56,300 people in the U.S. become infected with HIV each year.

The Hyacinth AIDS Foundation 25th Anniversary Gala will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. The black tie event will include cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and dancing to the Alan Quinn Orchestra. To purchase tables or tickets, contact Patrick Bocco, director of fundraising, at 1-732-246-0204 x256, or pbocco@hyacinth.org


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