Los Angeles, CA, November 29, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Where:
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
November 30th, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
AIDS Research Alliance (ARA) will host an inaugural World AIDS Day Concert at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. Emmy Award winner, LeVar Burton, Master of Ceremonies, will deliver a reading on the historic significance of World AIDS Day. Dr. David Hardy, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the keynote speaker, will address the impact of HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles and globally. Performances by internationally award-winning Calidore String Quartet and the Colburn Woodwind Ensemble will begin at 8:00 p.m. This community World AIDS Day commemoration is free and open to the public.
Honored guests for this World AIDS Day Concert will be Oscar de La O, president of BIENESTAR, the largest Latino AIDS Service Organization in the nation; Dr. Michael Gottlieb, the discoverer of HIV; and Mr. Bruno de Rísios Bath, Consul General of Brazil in Los Angeles. Kaiser Permanente is the concert’s Presenting Sponsor. Community partners include the City of Los Angeles, The Colburn School, Bienestar Human Services, AIDS Project Los Angeles, The Black AIDS Institute, Alliance for Housing and Healing, the OASIS Clinic, the Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles, In the Meantime Men’s Group, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, UCLA Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education, UCLA Center for AIDS Research, and the UCLA Vine Street Clinic.
World AIDS Day began in 1987, when two officials of the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland [now known as UNAIDS], first proposed the idea. Since then, government and health officials around the world observe World AIDS Day each year on December 1st with speeches and proclamations to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus [HIV]. In 1993, President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation making December 1st World AIDS Day. The issuance of presidential World AIDS Day proclamations has been adopted by President Barack Obama who, in 2011, called on all Americans to “stand with the individuals and communities affected by HIV and recommit to progress toward an AIDS free generation.”