Whitman-Walker Health Goes the Extra Mile
By Candace Y.A. Montague
May 30, 2012
Whitman-Walker Health honored four distinguished guests while celebrating the legal community last week in a benefit in Georgetown. The Going the Extra Mile reception highlighted the work former President Bill Clinton, ONE, Sheila C. Johnson and Susan Koch for their efforts to fight HIV.
Bill Clinton was presented with the Joel A. Toubin Award for the success of the William J. Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Health Access Initiative has helped more than four million people get life saving medications. He accepted the award via video. ONE Campaign was recognized for its diligent grassroots efforts to raise awareness about HIV and keep world leaders focused on maintaining access to treatment in Africa. Also filmmakers Sheila C. Johnson and Susan Koch were recognized for their outstanding work on the DC based documentary The Other City. The film debuted last year to rave reviews for it's up close and heart-wrenching showcase of the AIDS epidemic in the District. Susan Koch, director of the film said she was thrilled when she learned that Whitman-Walker wanted to honor her. "This is a tremendous honor because for so long Whitman-Walker has been at the forefront of providing treatment, prevention, and justice for people living with HIV/AIDS. I can't think of a more incredible organization to be honored by."
Don Blanchon, Executive Director of Whitman-Walker, explained how excited he was to honor the legal community. "It's our way to thank all the attorneys across the city who do work pro bono. There was a lot of thought given to the awardees around the fact that the International AIDS Conference is coming in July. President Clinton, ONE Campaign, Sheila Johnson and Susan Koch need recognition because they are leading the way."
The benefit raised more than $170,000 for Whitman-Walker Legal services. If you are interested in donating or volunteering with Whitman-Walker, click here.
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Candace Y.A. Montague
Candace Y.A. Montague has been learning about HIV since 1988 (and she has the certificates from the American Red Cross to prove it). Health is a high priority to Candace because she believes that nothing can come of your life if you're not healthy enough to enjoy it. One of her two master's degrees is in Community Health Promotion and Education. Candace was inspired to act against HIV after seeing a documentary in 2008 about African-American women and HIV. She knew that writing was the best way for her to make a difference and help inform others. Candace is a native Washingtonian and covers HIV news all around D.C. She has covered fundraisers, motorcycle rides, town hall meetings, house balls, Capitol Hill press conferences, election campaigns and protests for The DC Examiner.com and emPower News Magazine.
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