Medwiser Awards Gala

Do you know? One out of every two infections of HIV worldwide occurs in a school age child, teenager or young adult.

On Tuesday July 10, Dr. Judy was invited to an event a the 40/40 club to benefit Medwiser, a new organization dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS in young people by educating young people. I went to the event in her stead. Being a sex educator I thought this event would let me meet some more interesting people and perhaps network. I was right!

Medwiser is a nonprofit organization that was started in 2005, devoted to stopping the spread of HIV in youth by concentrating on the prevention aspects of HIV/AIDS to provide an essential resource for patients and healthcare participants to promote health, efficiency, increased communication and better outcomes.

Medwiser has created an integrative website combining multimedia entertainment and critical content to reach at-risk youth. Their goal is for youth to learn about HIV and useful prevention techniques as well as to be motivated to further their education using their site because of its general appeal to people in their age group. Additionally, they provide a search tool for individuals to find testing sites in their area where rapid, free, confidential, or anonymous testing is being provided.

The event ran from 6:30 to 11pm. Free martinis were served from 6:30 to 7:30pm and everyone who attended received a free spa certificate. There was also a silent auction until 11pm. The event was more of a social mixer than a sit down awards show. The awards started at 9:30 and lasted about 15 minutes. After wards Ano Okera from Jamaica played outside. His song was about how AIDS tares families and communities apart.

The people given awards were Robert Lewis( An attorney who has donated his time to Medwiser), James Talbot(Also an attorney who has donated his time to Medwiser), Michael Morgenstern (founder of Medwiser), Jenifer Wei(Medwiser Volunteer).

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Michael Morgenstern

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James Talbot receiving his award and Michael Morgenstern

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Robert Lewis receiving his award and Michael Morgenstern

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Jennifer Wei receiving her award and Michael Morgenstern

If you would like to know more about Medwiser or would like to donate or volunteer, please their website at :

http://medwiser.org/Medwiser/

This whole event was run by Philanthropic Events. “Philanthropic Events has created a new genre of nightlife that it calls “Philanthropic Entertainment”.  The team partners with different non-profit organizations and hosts events at top tier venues to raise money for charity.”
Visit their website www.philanthropicevents.com

If you would like to know more about Ano Okera, please visit his site at:

http://www.anookera.com

If you would like to know more about the 40/40 club, visit:

http://www.the4040club.com/default.aspx/MenuItemID/406/MenuGroup/_Home.htm

~Ryan Rasdall

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