WHLF was proud to present a VERY SPECIAL EVENT on April 24 that featured a showing of How To Survive A Plague, followed by a panel of experts who will discuss the West Coast activities at the start of the epidemic, and a perspective on HOW AIDS CHANGED MEDICINE. The evening was an awareness-builder and a benefit for the Dr. Michael Gottlieb HIV/AIDS Information Center and the Foundation for the National AIDS Monument.
This outstanding fundraising and educational event featured the incredible Academy Award Nominated film, How To Survive A Plague. After the film, we presented an engaging talk by a panel of experts including Dr. Michael Gottlieb, Dr. David Hardy, Councilmember John Duran and very special guest Jim Eigo, an AIDS activist featured in the film. The panel discussed the earliest days of this plague, and the community efforts that has permanently transformed drug research, consumer engagement in policy, and health care delivery systems. The West Coast activism of the time was discussed, as well as the continuing need to ACT UP against a new tide of infections among the young.
The film has been widely acclaimed by audiences at OutFest and many festivals around the world, and is on over 20 major top 10 lists; it is even becoming a mini-series on ABC.
The program also introduced the planned Dr. Michael Gottlieb HIV/AIDS Information Center (MGHAIC) which WHLF intends to create within the Library and for which we are in the process of soliciting business and individual sponsorships. This center will feature materials, programming and displays that educate viewers about the earliest days of the epidemic, particularly about its impact on a broad demographic in West Hollywood and throughout the west coast. Just as the documentary focuses on the creation of ACT UP and Treatment Action Group on the East Coast, our Center will compile, reflect, and interpret the heroic actions on the West Coast to build a grassroots network of compassion and action in the face of a killer.
We have received a pace setting grant from the Elton John AIDS Foundation to kick off this campaign, and the April 24 program was presented in part with their support. We sincerely thank them for their support.
Since the public programming planned for the MGHAIC will complement the educational work being planned by the new group working on a National AIDS Monument to be located in West Hollywood, our April 24 event benefitted both organizations.
If you or your organization would like to become a major sponsor of the Dr. Michael Gottlieb HIV/AIDS Information Center, give us a call at 323-469-1871 to make your pledge.
We want to thank our underwriters and sponsors of this event for making it possible:
Elton John AIDS Foundation
City of West Hollywood
Ruth Tittle/Capitol Drugs
Additional thanks to:
V Wine Room
Nekter Juice Bar
Ramada West Hollywood
Town & Country Event Rentals