To commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1st and celebrate its 30th anniversary, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest AIDS organization, will host a series of events across the world to continue to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS.
In Los Angeles, Grammy award-winning singer Mariah Carey and award-winning music producer and AHF Partner DJ Khaled will perform at a free concert event hosted by Mario Lopez and actress Laverne Cox on November 30th at the Shrine Auditorium, located at 665 W. Jefferson Blvd.
AHF Partner Debbie Allen and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy will also perform during the event. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Carey had to cancel her Nov. 27, Nov. 28 and Dec. 1 performances at the Beacon Theatre in New York.
The 47-year-old “All I Want For Christmas Is You” singer “didn’t reveal what her illness exactly is, in mid-November, she canceled her couple of holiday shows due to what she called an “upper respiratory infection” following the flu” as reported by Radar Online.
“Doctors have ordered a few extra days of rest before I can finally fly to New York and take the stage for my Christmas Tour. While this news disappoints me to share, I am grateful to be on the mend and for the support from all of you – it means the world to me! See you from the stage soon darlings!,” she wrote with a heart emoji.,
However, Carey will still be singing at a Nov. 30 benefit concert in Los Angeles for World AIDS Day, according to her website.
During the event, AHF will recognize the 5th anniversary of Impulse Group United, its international advocacy and empowerment group dedicated to promoting healthier sexual lifestyles among young gay men in 20 cities around the world.
The founder of Impulse Group United, Jose Ramos, and members of the group will receive The Chris Brownlie Community Champion Award named in honor of gay political activist and AHF co-founder Chris Brownlie. AHF will also present its Lifetime Achievement Award to a recipient to honor his/her contributions to the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
Visit AHFWAD.org for ticketing information.
Additional activities hosted by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to celebrate their 30th anniversary, will include free concerts in Haiti, Mexico City and the United States as well as free awareness and testing events throughout the U.S., Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Asia.
In Miami, Grammy-nominated artist and actress Sheila E. will join Latin Grammy Award-winning reggaeton artist Yandel and singer-songwriter Becky G. on December 1st for a free concert at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, located at 301 Biscayne Blvd. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Visit AHFWAD.org for tickets and more information on the concert events AHF will host in Los Angeles, Miami, Haiti and Mexico City.
“This year’s World AIDS Day is particularly meaningful for AHF because it marks several historic milestones for us, including AHF having over 833,000 patients in our care around the world as we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein. “When AHF began as the AIDS Hospice Foundation in 1987, we were facing dire circumstances and a lot of uncertainty at the beginning of the epidemic. Each day we were fighting just to keep AIDS patients from having to die in the streets or overcrowded hospitals. Today, even though millions of people with HIV worldwide are thankfully living longer, healthier lives due to access to better medical treatments, the urgency of winning the war against AIDS here in the U.S. and around the globe has diminished. Our hope is that our big concert events will help keep the spotlight on the need for nations to keep their promise to do all they can to stop HIV/AIDS from claiming additional lives. We couldn’t be more excited to have Mariah Carey take the stage at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to show her support for our cause. As one of the most celebrated voices of all time, we know this concert event will be one for the history books.”
According to UNAIDS, over 36 million people are living with HIV/AIDS around the world. Each year 2 million people become infected with the virus and 1 million people die of AIDS-related causes. While millions of people today are accessing lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, millions more still desperately need it. The end of the epidemic is only possible, if governments and world leaders Keep the Promise on AIDS.”
AIDS Healthcare Foundation – www.aidshealth.org