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amfAR and GBCHealth to Honor Bill Gates at Washington, D.C., Benefit

Gates to be honored for visionary leadership on global health and HIV/AIDS; July 21 event sponsored by M·A·C Viva Glam; will kick off 19th International AIDS Conference


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NEW YORK, July 13, 2012—amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and GBCHealth will honor Bill Gates at a benefit event in Washington, D.C., on the eve of the 19th International AIDS Conference there in July. The event, titled “Together to End AIDS,” will take place on Saturday, July 21, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It will pay tribute to the spirit of global collaboration that has underpinned the world’s progress in the fight against AIDS.

Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, will receive amfAR’s Award of Courage for his visionary leadership on global health and HIV/AIDS. Previous recipients of the award include President Bill Clinton, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, and Sir Elton John. Sharon Stone, amfAR’s Global Fundraising Chairman, will present Mr. Gates with his award.

“We’ve come this far in our collective fight against HIV/AIDS by working together on research and advocacy, and in the past two years alone we have seen breakthrough after breakthrough in our understanding of how to treat and prevent HIV infection,” said amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost. “We’re proud to honor Bill Gates—a towering figure in global health and someone who understands the power of partnerships, both big and small, in our efforts to end AIDS once and for all.”

The event will feature a performance by much-admired opera singer Jessye Norman, and remarks by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, among others.  The evening will kick off the first International AIDS Conference to be held in the U.S. in more than two decades. In 2010, President Barack Obama signed legislation that lifted the longstanding ban on HIV-positive foreign visitors to the U.S., allowing the first conference to take place on U.S. soil since 1990.

“Twenty-five years after President Ronald Reagan delivered his first policy speech about HIV/AIDS at an amfAR event in Washington, D.C., we hope this year’s event will mark the beginning of the end of the worldwide AIDS pandemic,” said John Tedstrom, President and CEO of GBCHealth.

“Together to End AIDS” will be generously underwritten by Platinum Sponsor M·A·C Viva Glam.

Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.

About amfAR
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $366 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.

About GBCHealth
GBCHealth is a coalition of more than 200 member companies and organizations committed to investing their resources to making a healthier world ... for their employees, for the communities in which they work, and for the world at large. Through world-class convenings, partnership creation, thought leadership and representation in key global health settings, GBCHealth has established itself as the go-to organization for companies interested in bringing their assets, skills and passion to the quest for a healthier world.

About M·A·C Cosmetics 

M·A·C (Make-up Art Cosmetics), a leading brand of professional cosmetics, was created in Toronto, Canada in 1984 and is part of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. The company’s popularity has grown through a tradition of word-of-mouth endorsement from makeup artists, models, photographers and journalists around the world. M·A·C is now sold in 79 countries/territories worldwide. Follow M·A·C on Twitter @MACcosmetics (, become a M·A·C fan on Facebook (, watch M·A·C videos on YouTube and find our M·A·C Senior Artists at For a M·A·C location visit


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