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To the more than 200 amazing volunteers and our incredible VPI staff who helped make our annual Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner a night to remember, thank you for contributing to an amazingly successful evening! We served more than 600 guests – members of the HIV/AIDS community and their loved ones – and raised nearly $125,000 to support the Boston Living Center.
Our annual Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner honoring community members living with HIV/AIDS was a huge success thanks to your support!
This year’s Celebration of Life was Tuesday, November 22 at the Hynes Convention Center. This year’s event has already raised more than $120,000 for services at the Boston Living Center with more expected over the next week.
About the Annual Celebration of Life
The Celebration of Life Dinner was born in 1988 when Peter Daniel Clark, one of the Boston Living Center’s (BLC) founding members, decided to bring people living with HIV/AIDS together with their families and friends around the holidays to celebrate another year of life. Clark died from AIDS-related complications in 1992, but his work lives on. The 2016 Celebration of Life theme was “Positive, Proud and Living Out Loud.”
Peter Daniel Clark was a member of the Boston Living Center and a founder of the Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner. Peter passed away in 1992, but will always be remembered by his BLC family. The Peter Daniel Clark Award is presented annually to individuals or organizations dedicated to advocating on behalf of and serving those living with HIV/AIDS.
This year we were pleased to honor Alfredo Hernandez with the Peter Daniel Clark Award. Alfredo was among many nominees for the award, all well-deserving for their contributions to Boston’s HIV/AIDS community. Alfredo has long been a dedicated supporter of the Boston Living Center. He knew Peter and was honored to accept the award on Tuesday, November 22.
Please join us in congratulating Alfredo on this well-deserved award.
Brenda Bellizeare was a staff member and member of the Boston Living Center and a powerful voice in the HIV/AIDS community. She used her life experience to help shape services for others living with HIV and to provide powerful advocacy on behalf of her peers. Brenda dedicated her life to using what she had learned from her own expereinces in service of supporting others living with HIV and her work inspired others on their own journeys. In honor of Brenda we are introducing the Brenda Bellizeare “Better It Gets” Award to honor a Boston Living Center member who, like Brenda, has inspired others and whose journey is only going to get better.
This year we were pleased to announce Jo Ann Coull with the first ever “Better It Gets” Award. Jo Ann was one of several deserving leaders nominated from among the Boston Living Center membership for the award. Jo Ann is an active member of the Boston Living Center and her positive transformation has been an inspiration to her peers.
Please join us in congratulating Jo Ann on her well-deserved award.
You can see photos from this year’s Celebration of Life here.