6TH Annual Gala Raises Funds and Awareness for HIV/AIDS
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- YouthAIDS, a global initiative dedicated to educating and protecting young people from HIV/AIDS, gathered leading celebrities, public officials, corporate leaders and musicians to raise funding and awareness to fight this pandemic around the world. The annual gala hosted by YouthAIDS global ambassador Ashley Judd, and presented by AOL, The Sheila C. Johnson Foundation, and Booz Allen Hamilton, took place November 2nd at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner and raised $1.7 million to support YouthAIDS programs in India and around the world.
Bono spoke about the devastating effects of AIDS and poverty in Africa and around the world and presented the Honorable Nancy Pelosi with the YouthAIDS Outstanding Achievement Award for her continued fight against HIV/AIDS. Sheila Johnson and the Honorable Bill Newman, philanthropists Vicki and Roger Sant, and businessman Sudhakar Shenoy co-chaired this year's gala.
"We are extremely privileged to be joined tonight by Bono, a leader in the fight against AIDS, to help us recognize the vital contributions of our 2007 YouthAIDS Outstanding Achievement Award honoree, the Honorable Nancy Pelosi," said Ashley Judd, host of the YouthAIDS gala. "Speaker Pelosi truly is a leader in our country and a visionary in the fight against HIV/AIDS."
On January 4, Nancy Pelosi made history, shattering the marble ceiling to become the first woman to serve as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. As Speaker, one of her first acts was to provide $4.5 billion for global AIDS initiatives in fiscal year 2007. She then worked with her House colleagues to approve nearly $6 billion in global AIDS funding for fiscal year 2008.
Since her election to the House 20 years ago, increased funding for
HIV/AIDS has been one of Pelosi's top priorities, and she has worked to
dramatically increase funding for re
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