On Dec. 1 at Guastavinos, we will host our biggest fundraising event of the year, the 2008 My Hero Gala, featuring a silent auction, dinner, awards ceremony and dancing. Supported by Gala co-chairs Alejandro Santo Domingo, Claudia Cisneros and Narciso Rodriguez and Board President Maria Eugenia Maury Aria, AFAI is proud to honor world-renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino with the individual My Hero Award, SAB Miller Group with the corporate My Hero Award and 19-year-old Alejandro Pompei with the Activist Award. Almost 95 cents of every dollar collected at the gala is used to provide services for people living with HIV and AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean region and for immigrants in New York City.
The My Hero Award is presented to those who show unwavering courage and perseverance in the battle to eliminate HIV and AIDS.
In 2008 we salute:
SAB Miller The unrelenting commitment of SABMiller’s Board, management, and staff in the fight against AIDS in the work-place has set an extraordinary, unprecedented model of corporate social responsibility in the public heath arena.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP For their commitment to providing pro bono legal services to individuals and community organizations that would otherwise be unable to access legal representation. We appreciate the firm’s belief that part of every attorney’s obligation to the community is to provide high-caliber legal services to people of limited means and to charitable and civic organizations.
Mario Testino We are inspired not only by Mario Testino’s commitment to the fight against HIV and AIDS, but his ability to use his talent to combat the stigma and discrimination that affects people living with the disease, in particular women and children in developing countries. He has demonstrated the kind of leadership in this fight that we look to honor with the “My Hero” award.
Alejandro Pompei This young activist is part of a new generation of people born with HIV, fighting against the epidemic. Alejandro’s work inspires youth impacted by HIV and AIDS in Latin America to develop their abilities and to voice their specific needs. He overcame the stigma associated with his HIV status and chooses to work against it, not only to improve his situation, but for other young adults facing similar circumstances.