14th Annual Stronger Together World AIDS Day Breakfast
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 6th Ave
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 end AIDS in Washington by 2020.
This Breakfast is being organized by three prominent King County organizations – Seattle Counseling Service, Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center, and CareTeams of Samaritan Center of Puget Sound – and is co-hosted by Lifelong, Seattle Area Support Groups, POCAAN, 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. While there is no cost to attend, we are asking for donations at the event and hope to exceed last year's receipts of totaling nearly $120,000. Donations support the work of the agencies to provide those living with HIV/AIDS care, support and most importantly – hope.
While the breakfast is complementary and it is free to register - the breakfast is a fundraiser, and we invite and challenge each guest to make a gift or pledge of $150 which can be made during the time of the event.
There is a 2-step process to register for this event: After clicking onto the “Get Tickets” link, you will be invited to select one of our hosting agencies to join for breakfast; or choose an “All Agency” seating. Each hosting agency has an assigned Table Captain or breakfast host. After selecting a table to be seated at you will be directed on the next page to select a Table Captain. Don’t worry if you don’t already have a Table Captain’s name; a Table Captain host will greet you at the event.
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.
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 8 years and has served as council co-chair twice during that time, 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 early 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), at the Northwest AIDS Foundation from the mid 1990's until 2007, and at Bailey Boushay. During the late 1980's, he worked as an ER Social Worker for Group Health, and at the time struggled with addiction issues. He has been sober since 2009 having
participated in the SHIFT Program: A Peer Recovery Network at Multifaith
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.
Molly joined KOMO 4 News in 1997. She's won Emmy awards for her
live reporting and anchoring and was named the Journalist of the Month by the
website Women’s e-news in May 2005. Molly regularly volunteers her time as
an emcee for various community groups including Harborview Medical Center,
Seattle Children’s Home and LifeWire (formerly Eastside Domestic Violence
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Gay City Table
Seattle Counseling Service Table
Entre Hermanos Table
All Agency Table
Care Teams Samaritan Table