World AIDS Day Breakfast 2017

It was not so long ago that the average lifespan of someone diagnosed with HIV was about 10 years; today – with access to uninterrupted healthcare, an HIV+ person can expect to have a close to normal lifespan.  King County’s progress in responding to HIV has been remarkable. But we’re not done – The 14th Annual Stronger Together World AIDS Day Breakfast on December 1st is both a celebration of achievements and a rallying cry to continue the work ahead. 

This breakfast is being organized by three prominent King County organizations – Seattle Counseling ServiceGay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center, and CareTeams of Samaritan Center of Puget Sound – and is co-hosted by LifelongSeattle Area Support GroupsPOCAAN, and Entre Hermanos.  Proceeds from this benefit go to supporting these agencies. Working together, we provide crucial HIV prevention, education, support and care in the Seattle area. 

We are celebrating the success we have made in promoting HIV/AIDS diagnostic awareness, linking people to treatment, and suppressing transmission. We are the first metropolitan area in the country to reach what is known as the 90-90-90 goal: 90 percent of residents infected with HIV know their infection status; 90 percent are on HIV antiretroviral treatment; and 90 percent are virally suppressed. It has been hard work – whose progress has only been possible by activists and allies like you.

We are truly Stronger Together!  This breakfast is an opportunity for you to make the strongest impact you can by supporting the network of AIDS service providers in Seattle. Last year we brought in nearly $120,000 for the combined agencies which provided those living with HIV/AIDS care, support and most importantly – hope.

There is no cost to attend. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the event itself. 

Friday, December 1
7:30am registration
8:00am - 9:00am program
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101


Special Guests

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Marjorie Hill

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Dr. Marjorie J. Hill is the Chief Executive Officer of the Joseph Addabbo Health Center providing primary care and specialty services to poor and medically underserved communities. With over twenty years of executive leadership in the non-profit sector, Dr. Hill is a proven leader in the field of HIV/AIDS. She was the longest tenured CEO at GMHC, the oldest AIDS provider in the world. A licensed clinical psychologist and a former New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation administrator, Dr. Hill has extensive experience in organizational leadership and hospital management. Dr. Hill currently serves as Governor’s designated Chair of the New York State (NYS) AIDS Advisory Council.

Dr. Hill has held a myriad of leadership positions including Vice Chair of the NYS) Workers’ Compensation Board and Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office for the Lesbian & Gay Community, and Assistant Commissioner for HIV/AIDS. She has extensive board and advocacy expertise, including the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the North Star Fund, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and Mothers2mothers. She is particularly proud of her tenure as first openly LGBT President of the Association of Black Psychologists and her contributions to Unity Fellowship Church Movement.

Honorees:

Kevin Patz

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Kevin Patz’s many years of experience as an advocate and activist has earned him the respect of the HIV/AIDS community across King County.  He has been on the HIV Planning Council for over 15 years and is currently serving as its co-Chair, a role he first had with them in the early 2000’s.  He has been a volunteer on a CareTeam since 2007 (formerly a program of Multifaith Works), and has volunteered for Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors (SHIBA) since 2011.  After spending the early part of his career supporting the re-settlement of Southeast Asian refugees into the U.S., Mr. Patz earned his MSW from the University of Washington and worked as an HIV test counselor at Seattle Counseling Services and at the Seattle Gay Clinic.  Mr. Patz tested positive in 1987.  He has volunteered at the Seattle Aids Support Group (now Seattle Area Support Groups and Community Center), and at Bailey Boushay.  Mr. Patz worked at Northwest Aids Foundation (now Lifelong) in the early part of the 1990’s.  During the period he worked at Group Health as an ER social worker, Mr. Patz struggled with addiction issues.  He has been sober since 2009 having participated in the SHIFT Program: A Peer Recovery Network at Multifaith Works. 

Kenny Joe McMullen

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Kenny Joe McMullen is a Birmingham, Alabama native and longtime advocate and activist of Seattle’s African American community. He actively volunteers his talents for many faith, cultural and health organizations such as Central District Forum for Arts and Culture, Langston Hughes film festival, POCAAN, Mount Zion Baptist Church and NW Kidney Center’s. Kenny Joe is a founding member of Brother to Brother, a group that gave cultural competent support to African American same gender loving men during the height of the AIDS epidemic.

Kenny Joe has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention for over twenty five years. During this time he has been the coordinator and facilitator of POCAAN’s CDC funded msm (men who have sex with men) program “For Every Man” and Neighborhood House Project HANDLE CDC prevention program Voices/Voces. Kenny Joe is presently the Supervisor for the Minority AIDS Initiative grant at Project HANDLE@Navos a program of Neighborhood House. Kenny Joe has a passion for floral arranging and making scrumptious concoctions.

Thank you to our Sponsors! 

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