Today, throughout its 23-state territory, Wells Fargo Foundation continues to actively support numerous AIDS service providers such as Project Angel Food, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the Desert AIDS Project, and Project Inform. At a time when many shied away from addressing the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS, Wells Fargo stepped up to the plate with a call for action and set the standard of response which to this day serves as a model for other major corporations throughout the United States.
With its headquarters in San Francisco, Wells Fargo has experienced the extraordinary affect of HIV/AIDS on its employees, customers and those close to them. Wells Fargo understands that in spite of media portrayals to the contrary, the battle against HIV/AIDS has not yet been won. Wells Fargo also recognizes that HIV/AIDS continues to ravage low-income groups, women and people of color, and has vowed to continue to fight until there's a cure.
Project Inform would like to thank Mario Diaz, Vice President of the Wells Fargo Foundation, and Jonathan Weedman, Regional Vice President of the Wells Fargo Foundation, for their ongoing support of Project Inform. We are especially grateful to Wells Fargo for its continued support of important programs like Project WISE, Project Inform's women-specific treatment information program, and Project Inform's annual Evening of Hope events.
Shalini Eddens, Project Manager of Project WISE, says "Wells Fargo's support assists Project WISE to continue providing accurate, women-specific HIV/AIDS treatment information to those most in need." She added, "Through our newsletter WISE Words and other HIV/AIDS treatment information publications, Project WISE is able to keep HIV-positive women informed and empowered. Wells Fargo's support is integral in making this work possible."
Wells Fargo's dedication to bringing an end to HIV/AIDS, and to support organizations that assist people living with HIV/AIDS until that end comes to pass, improves the lives of countless people in the Bay Area and across the United States every year.
Project Inform will honor a select few of the activists, volunteers and philanthropists who have contributed to the work of Project Inform since its founding in 1985. This year's honorees include: Barry Krost, who is well known in the entertainment industry as a leading manager and producer; Bruce Vilanch, a six-time Emmy award winner and well-known comedy writer who has shown a deep personal commitment to fighting AIDS and homophobia; and Brenda Freiberg, who has drawn on her personal experience and loss as well as her professional background in healthcare, public policy and communications to combat HIV/AIDS for over 15 years.
Project Inform recognizes Macy's West with the Corporate Leadership Award. Macy's West has been a visionary leader in its support of community organizations engaged in the fight against AIDS. Since 1988, Macy's Passport events alone have distributed over $13 million to community-based AIDS organizations.
Martin Delaney notes, "The relentlessness of the epidemic and the underlying inequities that fuel it demand that we continue, and even redouble our efforts. Fighting AIDS has become a lifetime commitment -- for me, for you, for everyone who has played a role in or contributed to the solution. With your help, together, we can -- and will -- do whatever it takes."
Past recipients of recognition from Project Inform have included Erik Sterling and Jason Winters; actresses Judith Light, Swoosie Kurtz, Diahnne Carroll, and Nell Carter; actress and model Kathy Ireland; Olympic Champion Greg Louganis; scientists Dr. David Ho, Dr. Gene Shearer, Dr. Nava Sarver, Dr. Anthony Fauci; and author and activist Larry Kramer.
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For more information regarding this special program and others, please contact Julie Doherty at 415-558-8669 x223. You may also view and purchase all five holiday card designs on our Web site: www.projectinform.org/develop/card.html.