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YouthAIDS Gala October 2008

The sixth annual YouthAIDS gala, hosted by Ashley Judd, was held at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner on October 3, 2008. It was an evening of entertainment and incredible meaning. Held against a backdrop of locally designed street art by Words Beats & Life, featuring musical performances by Urban Nation H.I.P. - H.O.P Choir and John Mellencamp, inspirational remarks from our mistress of ceremonies, Sharon Osbourne, and Outstanding Achievement Award honorees Annie Lennox, Judy McGrath and Bob Geldof KBE, the evening offered visions of both reality and hope.

The event raised $1.3 million for YouthAIDS’s HIV programs around the globe thanks to efforts by our co-chairs Marcelle & Simon Cooper, Sheila Johnson & William Newman, our incredible gala committee and devoted sponsors. Special guests included Anna Kournikova, Dayana Mendoza - Miss Universe 2008, John Oliver, Jason Campbell and Claw Money.

YouthAIDS Gala November 2007

The 2007 YouthAIDS Gala “Faces of India” was was hosted by YouthAIDS Global Ambassador, Ashley Judd, and featured a musical performance by Michael McDonald, a comedic performance by Russell Peters and a dance performance by Dhoonya Dance. Well-known activist and rock star, Bono presented the YouthAIDS Outstanding Acheivement Award to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her contributions to the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

Kick Me Campaign

“Kick Me” is based on the prank of someone sticking a Kick Me sign on another’s back without their knowledge - just like 90% of those infected with HIV/AIDS may not know they are carrying the virus. YouthAIDS turned that practical joke into a practical lesson. In 2006, Ludacris, Emmy Rossum and tens of thousands of students joined forces on December 1st (World AIDS Day), and wore signs to help spread the word about HIV prevention. In 2007, many celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson and Elisha Cuthbert filmed public service announcements to increase awareness. The campaign raised more than $150,000 for YouthAIDS programs.

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