AID Atlanta Honors awards presented Thursday

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imageIt’s fancy and it’s pricey, and we’re not just talking about your exquisite taste. AID Atlanta shows its good taste Thursday as it recognizes people and organizations who assure care, support and human rights for people living with HIV.

$25 general admission tickets are still available to Thursday’s glittering AID Atlanta Honors at Schwartz-Goldstein Hall, which sold out of its $125 per person spots. Even if you can’t attend, it’s nice to know that some hardworking mainstays in Atlanta’s AIDS and LGBT communities are on the list of 2010 honorees.

imageReceiving recognition at this year’s ceremony are Jeff Graham (top photo), executive director of Georgia Equality, the state’s leading LGBT rights lobby, and Bud Russell, a longtime former board member and past president of AID Atlanta.

The much-loved For the Kid In All of Us, the non-profit founded by gay Atlanta City Council member Alex Wan, is also on the list. For the Kid now brings thousands of LGBT people together for needy children each year at Backpack in the Park (second photo) and Toy Party (third photo). Atlanta Gas Light, a decade-long partner with AID Atlanta, will also be recognized.

“With AID Atlanta Honors, AID Atlanta shows our appreciation to the individuals, community groups and corporations that have gone above and beyond to support people living with HIV and AIDS,” Mark B. Rinder, AID Atlanta’s board chair, says in a prepared statement.

imageYou probably know Graham more recently for his work at Georgia Equality, but he actually began his career as director of AIDS Survival Project.

Graham also chaired the Atlanta HIV Health Services Planning Council¹s Public Policy Committee and the Fulton County Commission on Disability Affairs Public Policy Committee.

AID Atlanta makes 80,000 prevention contacts each year and services 25,000 clients. As organizers of the annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K run, they raise millions to support their services. The 20th annual event is set for Oct. 17. AIDS Walk registration is online now.

AID Atlanta Honors takes place Thursday, May 13 at Schwartz-Goldstein Hall. The event opens at 6:30 p.m. Buy general admission tickets here or by calling 404-870-7731.

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