Gala honors leaders in New Jersey fighting to end HIV epidemic

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Hyacinth Gala & Silent Auction

Hyacinth Foundation to hold annual Gala for 2021

Hyacinth Foundation will host its annual Gala and Silent Auction on Saturday, November 13, 2021. The Foundation will honor all of those who have stood with Hyacinth in the fight to end HIV/AIDS in New Jersey. The event will be in person and will be held at The Meadow Wood in Randolph NJ for 2021.

The Gala is an evening of dinner and dancing, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and after party activities. The program will honor and pay tribute to the leaders in the fight to end the spread of the HIV epidemic.

Hyacinth will honor Bruce Richman, Founding Executive Director, Prevention Access Campaign U=U, with the 2021 Hyacinth Award. Richman is an advocate and champion for individuals living with HIV and created an international campaign that will help reduce the stigma of living with HIV.

The 2021 Riki Jacobs Social Justice Award, created to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of social justice and advocacy for those living with HIV/AIDS, will be given to the South Jersey AIDS Alliance. SJAA provides both care and treatment and high-risk prevention services throughout the Southern New Jersey region and opened the first syringe access program in the state.

The Deloris Dockrey Community Advocate Award, created to honor those who fight for those living with HIV, will be given to Ed “Eddie B” Baron. Ed is a strong voice for those living with HIV, and those who have struggled with substance use.

Kathy Ahearn-O’Brien, Hyacinth’s Executive Director
Kathy Ahearn-O’Brien, Hyacinth’s Executive Director

“I am so humbled to honor these great advocates,” said Kathy Ahearn-O’Brien, Executive Director of Hyacinth. “South Jersey AIDS Alliance, Ed Barron and Bruce Richman have all contributed in deep and meaningful ways in the fight to end HIV. Their commitment to ending the spread of HIV is unparalleled and each, in their own way, have used their voice and their passion to help end this epidemic. Hyacinth is proud to have such strong partners and we are so grateful to each of them.”

Hyacinth Foundation is New Jersey’s largest and first established HIV/AIDS service provider. The mission is to help people live with HIV, stop the spread of the epidemic, and serve as a critical voice in the public debate surrounding AIDS in New Jersey. They have seven offices in the Garden State and are the only HIV service provider in the state with a public policy team.

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