Brooklyn, New York— On Friday, December 2nd, 2016, Bridging Access to Care (BAC) hosted a very special benefit awards gala at Brooklyn College in New York, to commemorate World AIDS Day. The event was also held to honor the leadership of 30 outstanding individuals for their remarkable contribution in response to Governor Cuomo’s Ending the Epidemic Blueprint, in an effort to end AIDS by 2020.
Following a moment’s silence to remember the 100 million people around the world who have lost their lives to AIDS, Tony & Grammy award-winner Billy Porter (Broadway hit show ‘Kinky Boots’) delivered a heart-warming and captivating story of his struggles growing up in the 80s and 90s during the height of the AIDS epidemic. His remarks was followed by notable recognition and Proclamation from the Office of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and the Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric. L. Adams, which penned December, 2nd, 2016 “Bridging Access to Care Day”—in honor of the agency’s 30 year mark.
Glenda G. Smith, Executive Director of BAC, presented former Executive Director Elaine Greeley with the Beny J. Primm Lifetime Achievement Award for her Leadership and guidance for transforming the agency to what is now Bridging Access to Care, as well as for speaking out on behalf of the people most affected by HIV/AIDS.
Rev. Patricia A. Morris, received the Recognition of Excellence award from the Board of Directors for her 28 years serving as board member of BAC and her community outreach efforts to educate and inform communities at-risk for HIV.
“It is our belief that these 30 leaders will continue to have a significant effect on the advancement of HIV / AIDS education and prevention so we can end the epidemic by 2020. Through the support of our communities, local businesses and philanthropic and government agencies, we are poised to establish a network of leaders who are connected under the auspices of compassion and concern for humanity. With this compassion comes the mandate to empower, educate and invigorate every person to improve the life expectancy and experiences of those who are impacted by HIV /AIDS. Dedication and passion will be the bridge to our destination for change and the manifestation of the seeds of advocacy that were meticulously planted by all those who care so deeply for the cause and are vested in the search for a cure.” Glenda G. Smith, Executive Director, BAC.
The event included a live jazz performance by the Lezlie Harrison quartet and an inspiring silent auction presented by RSI Fundraising Partners.