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Congressional Black Caucus Hosts Benefit Reception to Raise HIV Awareness


An Evening Without Politics: A Benefit Reception to Raise Awareness about the Impact of HIV in Washington, D.C., Support AIDS Education Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

An Evening Without Politics: A Benefit Reception 
September 25, 2009 * 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.


Washington, DC – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), in conjunction with the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), are sponsoring An Evening Without Politics: A Benefit Reception on September 25th during the CBC Annual Legislative Conference. The event will raise awareness about the disproportionate impact of HIV in African American communities nationwide, and Washington, D.C. in particular, as well as support AIDS education initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Guests include members of the CBC, House Committee chairs, senior executives from corporations, recognized high-ranking policy makers in the global health industry and other senior officials from the Obama Administration. Over 30 members of the Congressional Black Caucus already are participating in the event’s prestigious Congressional Host Committee: 
Sen. Harry Reid (NV) 
Senate Majority Leader
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi 
Speaker of the House
Rep. James Clyburn (SC) 
House Majority Whip
Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA)
Sen. Arlen Specter (PA) 
Sen. Roland W. Burris (IL)
Sen. Richard Durbin (IL) 
Sen. John Kerry (MA) 
Sen. Jim Webb (VA) 
Rep. Barbara Lee, Chairwoman
Congressional Black Caucus

Rep. Bennie Thompson, Chairman
House Homeland Security 
Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Chairman
House Judiciary

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, Chairman
House Ways & Means
Rep. Edolphus Towns, Chairman
House Oversight & Government Reform
Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield
Rep. Andre Carson
Rep. Donna M. Christensen
Rep. Yvette Clarke
Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr.
Rep. Danny K. Davis
Rep. Donna Edwards
Rep. Keith Ellison
Rep. Chaka Fattah
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
Rep. Hank Johnson
Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
Rep. John Lewis
Rep. Kendrick B. Meek
Rep. Gregory W. Meeks
Rep. Gwendolynne Moore
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Rep. Laura Richardson
Rep. Bobby L. Rush
Rep. José E. Serrano
Rep. Maxine Waters
Rep. Diane E. Watson
Rep. Melvin L. Watt
Respected corporate leaders, entertainers, civic and social leaders throughout the country also will be attending An Evening Without Politics: A Benefit Reception as Honorary Co-Chairs
Elise Scott
Adrian Fenty, Mayor
Washington, D.C.
Sheryl Lee Ralph Actress
NMAC Spokesperson
Nancy Wilson
Jazz Vocalist
Sidney Ribeau
Howard University
Julianne Malveaux
Bennett College
Hazel O’Leary
Fisk University
Lorenzo Morris
Howard University
Charles Ogletree
Harvard Law School 
Wayne Riley
Meharry Medical School
Ruth Simmons
Brown University
Phyllis Holly-Ward
Success Links, Inc.
Martin Luther King, III
Realizing the Dream
Marian Wright Edelman Children’s Defense Fund
Rev. Al Sharpton 
National Action Network
Julian Bond
Beny Primm
Addiction Research Treatment Ctr.
Colin L. Powell, General 
U.S. Army (Ret.)
Alexis Herman 
New Ventures, LLC
Richard D. Parsons
Jim Brown 
Former NFL Amer-I-Can
Daniel Snyder
Diane Cleaver
CBC Spouses
Vera Davis
CBC Spouses
Una Clarke
Una Clarke Associates
Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan
Street Corner Foundation
Billy Martin
Howrey LLP
Kenneth Robinson
Robinson Law Firm
Louis Stokes
Squire, Sanders &, Dempsey
Fmr.  U.S. Congressman
Rev. Floyd H. Flake 
Wilberforce University 
r. U.S. Congressman
Ronald Dellums, Mayor
City of Oakland, CA 
Fmr. U.S. Congressman
Albert Wynn
Dickstein Shapiro, LLP
Fmr. U.S. Congressman
Sheila Johnson
Co-Founder, Black Entertainment Television
Debra L. Lee
CEO, Black Entertainment Television
Carolyn B. Britton
Fmr. President, National Medical Association
Cecil Murray
Fmr. Pastor, First 
AME Los Angeles
Rep. Danny Davis says, "The need for CBC leadership around the AIDS crisis has never been greater. By highlighting the epidemic in Washington, D.C., we hope to raise awareness about the disproportionate impact of HIV among African Americans and garner greater support for increased HIV/AIDS education efforts, particularly at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which are educating our communities' next generation of leaders and professionals. We save lives by supporting this important new leadership."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in August 2008 that HIV incidence rates in the U.S. were 40% higher than previously estimated, with over 55,000 new infections occurring from 2003-2006. Nearly half of these new infections occurred in the Black community, and communities of color overall accounted for 70% of the new infections. Research conducted by the Government of the District of Columbia, Department of Health, Division of HIV/AIDS showed that the nation's Capital, which is predominantly African American, has the highest rate of HIV infection in the U.S., with 5% of all residents either living with HIV or AIDS.

"President Obama's leadership around HIV/AIDS is an extension of his overall dedication to health care reform," says Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chairwoman of the CBC. "Through An Evening Without Politics: A Benefit Reception, we hope to educate the public about how supporting even small steps through health care reform, such as routine HIV testing and increased support for HIV/AIDS programming, can save numerous lives."

Tickets for the event are $250 for general admission and $500 for VIP admission, and may be purchased online at the website forAn Evening Without Politics: A Benefit Reception at: http://www.eveningwithoutpolitics.org/. Sponsorship opportunities for corporations and community organizations also are available; please visit the website for details or contact Alphonce Brown at (202) 483-6622 ext. 366. 

Proceeds will support NMAC’s capacity building and technical assistance programs for minority community- and faith based organizations in Washington, D.C., and HIV/AIDS education initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
About An Evening Without Politics: A Benefit Reception 
This event will take place September 25th, from 9:00 p.m.. – 1:00 a.m. at the Grant Hyatt Washington, in Washington, DC. Information about the event, ticket purchases, media registration and sponsorship opportunities are available athttp://www.eveningwithoutpolitics.org/www.twitter.com/09EWP; and http://tinyurl.com/09EWP.
About the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)
The CBC's members are advocates for the human family nationally and internationally and have played a significant role as local and regional activists as well. They continue to work diligently to be the "Conscience of the Congress," but because all politics are ultimately local, they also provide dedicated and focused service to the citizens and Congressional districts that have elected them. The vision of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus - "to promote the public welfare through legislation designed to meet the needs of millions of neglected citizens" - continues to be a beacon and focal point for the legislative work and political activities of the Congressional Black Caucus today. For more information, visit the CBC online at http://www.thecongressionalblackcaucus.com/ and http://cbcfinc.org/cbc.html.
About the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC)
The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) has advanced its mission, "to develop leadership within communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS" since 1987 through individualized capacity building assistance, technical assistance trainings, public policy education programs; national and regional conferences; treatment and research education programs; online and printed resource materials; and a website: www.nmac.org. The agency also serves as a membership association for its constituents - AIDS service organizations and minority faith- and community-based organizations delivering HIV/AIDS services in communities of color - and advocates on their behalf in Washington, D.C.. NMAC's advocacy efforts are funded through private funders and donors only. For more information, please contact NMAC directly at (202) 483-NMAC (6622) or communications@nmac.org. You may find us online at www.nmac,org, as well as on Facebook.com, Wikipedia.com, Twitter.com, MyPhotoAlbum.com and YouTube.com


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