From:                              Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force []

Sent:                               Thursday, January 07, 2016 1:02 PM

To:                                   Jason Herring

Subject:                          2016 Kerry Stoner Award Recipient and the 3rd Annual Galaxy Ball!!



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        Issue 55/
January 2016







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PATF Announces 2016 Kerry Stoner Award Recipient   



Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force is proud to present Pittsburgh resident Dr. Anthony Silvestre with the Kerry Stoner Award at its 30th Annual Benefit at WQED's Studios on Fifth on Thursday, April 14, 2016.


The Kerry Stoner Award is presented annually to honor a person who has, through a longtime dedication to Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force's mission, shown commitment to Kerry Stoner's legacy and vision. Stoner, a tireless HIV/AIDS activist who died of complications from AIDS in 1993, was a founder and the first executive director of PATF.


Dr. Anthony Silvestre has been a staple in the HIV community, with involvement in LGBT health and HIV prevention service and research since 1984. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, and teaches courses in human diversity and public health. Silvestre has been an integral member of the Pitt Men's Study since the late 80's, and was involved in the creation of the study's first community advisory board that would then lead to the creation of Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force in 1985. To date, Silvestre has recruited an impressive 4,000 individuals from the gay and bisexual communities in Pittsburgh to engage in investigative research at the local Pitt Men's Study site. He is also actively engaged in the HIV Prevention and Care Project, along with the Center for LGBT Wellness. Through prevention planning and implementation, he has dedicated much of his professional career to being a facilitator of change within socially marginalized communities, particularly those of racial/ethnic and sexual minorities. His involvement in the LGBT community extends nationally, advocating for services devoted to HIV, mental health, and youth.


This year's event at WQED's Studios on Fifth begins at 6 p.m. with a VIP reception featuring special guests and enhanced service and food provided by Common Plea Catering. General admission begins at 7:30 p.m. and features hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music, and the Kerry Stoner award presentation. Both VIP and general admission tickets will be available for purchase at or by calling 412-345-0593.


Proceeds benefit Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, the region's oldest and largest
AIDS service organization.

For more information contact Patrick Buehler at 412-345-0593 or 





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Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force invites you to join us in style for the 3rd Annual Galaxy Ball: VooDoo presented by True T  Entertainment.


Pittsburgh's underground ball scene will come together on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the August Wilson Center to entertain the city in a Voodoo themed event like no other.

In support of HIV prevention and MLK weekend we will continue the legacy of the Galaxy ball, attracting participants from across the United States and Canada  coming to display their unique talents in friendly intense competition for their share of $4,000 in prizes.

Categories such as Vogue, Runway, Fashion, Body, Beauty, among others will take you on a galactic ride like you've never experienced before. Vogue is slowly but surely becoming mainstream and on this night the participants will give the audience a unique and exciting experience.

Doors open at 8pm with a free Pre-Mixer until 9:30pm.
Ballroom doors open @9:30pm.

Enjoy an unobstructed view with the best seats in the ballroom by booking a VIP ticket today.

VIP TICKETS: $60 single, $100 couple

include entry fee

free drinks

hot catered dinner

Galaxy gift pack

private elevated seating.


VIP Table for 4: $50 per table

includes hot food options (3 choices)

unobstructed view of runway

reserved seating

Galaxy gift pack

(does not include entry fee)

Purchase tickets here!






August Wilson Center for African American Culture - 980 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222  




HIV in the News: 


New rules allow people with HIV to donate to others with disease


New rules for sharing organs among people with HIV could add up to 500 names per year to the national donor list, increasing access to organs for people with and without the virus, according to a transplant surgeon who has advocated for the expanded sharing.






Life circumstances keeping many from HIV/AIDS treatment


A major insurer said recently it would offer life insurance to HIV-positive people because of their rising life expectancies, prompting cheers from AIDS activists. But on the very same day, the nation's top disease control official described an America falling far short in its fight against AIDS.

It might seem a jarring disconnect - but it reflects very different realities dividing the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS.




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