He’s a Hero

There’s so much bad news out there these days. It can really get you down. So it’s nice when we can highlight something good for a change – especially when it’s news about someone getting recognized for all the good they do in the world.

This coming Saturday, Sept. 28, the Albany Damien Center will host its first ever Hero Awards, a celebration and fundraiser, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel (144 State St.) in Albany.

According to the release announcing this event, the awards “will recognize an individual who has done extraordinary things to improve the lives of persons with HIV & AIDS in our local community and promote HIV awareness to stop the spread of HIV.”

The recipient of the first ever “Hero Award” is T. Norman Rea, who has spent the past two decades helping individuals and families living with HIV and AIDS in the Capital Region by raising money to help those in need. More blurbage:

“His impact has also raised awareness of the needs of people with HIV and AIDS and taught us how everyday people can have a major role in helping others impacted by the stigma and health consequences of an HIV diagnosis.”

“While new HIV therapies are helping people live longer, HIV stigma, poverty, trauma, and isolation cause too many people to go without life-saving treatment and support, which make the Damien Center services more critical than ever before.”

The event will also will feature cabaret performances by local legends Mark A. Burgasser, Benita Zahn, Nancy Timpanaro-Hogan, Ward Dales with Musical Director, Maria Riccio Bryce.

The gold sponsor is Gilead Sciences. Additional sponsors include: Copps DiPaola Silverman PLLC, The Blakley-Rea Family Fund, Dwight Plumbing & Heating Inc, Gomez Neurology, Ellen Picotte Memorial Fund, Housing Works Inc., New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Waterworks Pub, Bill Picotte, Ungerman Electric Inc., and In Our Own Voices.

For more information about ticket information, honorary committee, and sponsors, click here.

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