amfAR Honored by Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
At a benefit gala in Los Angeles, September 17, amfAR was honored by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation with the Elizabeth Taylor Commitment to End AIDS Award. Also honored were amfAR Trustee Billy Porter, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Sandra Thurman, chief strategy officer at the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost accepts the award from Daniel O’Day, chairman and CEO of Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images)
The award was presented by Daniel O’Day, chairman and CEO of Gilead Sciences, Inc., the previous recipient, and accepted by amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost. In his acceptance remarks, Frost paid tribute to amfAR’s founders, including Elizabeth Taylor, and leaders over the years and spoke of the passion for the cause “that drives us onward each and every day.”
He said: “It’s a passion perhaps best articulated by Elizabeth Taylor, who once said, ‘You do your bit with all of your heart and I’ll do my bit with all of my heart. And if everybody out there does the same thing, we will make a goddam difference.’”
The gala was a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. The Foundation pursues social justice and human rights for people living with HIV through its support of direct care, prevention, advocacy and education programs.