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AIDS Warrior honored in Houston — and eradicating the disease is next

18 Dominique Sachse, from left, Shelby Hodge, Licia Green Ellis and David Chaumette at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
Dominique Sachse, from left, Shelby Hodge, Licia Green Ellis and David Chaumette. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
5 Jessica Rossman, from left, Gordon Bethune, Kelly Young and Travis Torrence at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
Jessica Rossman, from left, Gordon Bethune, Kelly Young and Richard Ray. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
13 Nick Florescu, from left, Minnie Stamos, Georgeta Teodorescu and Aaron Long at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
Nick Florescu, from left, Minnie Stamos, Georgeta Teodorescu and Aaron Long. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
3 Joni Baird and C.C. Conner at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
Chevron's Joni Baird and C.C. Conner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
2 Kevin Gilliard, from left, Frank Billingsley, P’nina Topham and Phil Eaton at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
Kevin Gilliard, from left, Frank Billingsley, P’nina Topham and Phil Eaton. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
15 Mark Roth, left, and Mike Stewart at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
Mark Roth, left, and Mike Stewart. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
16 Jackie Martin, from left, Ellen Cohen and Licia Green Ellis at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
Jackie Martin, from left, City Councilwoman Ellen Cohen and Licia Green Ellis. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
7 Edward Sanchez, from left, Roland Maldonado, Kim Padgett and Joshua Espinedo at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
Edward Sanchez, from left, Roland Maldonado, Kim Padgett and Joshua Espinedo. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
12 Mark Temple, from left, Amy Blumrosen and Chris Watt at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
Mark Temple, from left, Amy Blumrosen and Chris Watt. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
11 Jillian “J.J.” Simmons and Michael Dulaney at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
Jillian “J.J.” Simmons and Michael Dulaney. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
4 Rick Dickson, from left, Jonathan Russell and Scott Moster at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
Rick Dickson, from left, Jonathan Russell and Scott Moster. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
1 Danny Martinez, from left, Jonathan Ashworth and Ericia Rivera at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
Danny Martinez, from left, Jonathan Ashworth and Ericia Rivera. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 The venue at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
Erasing the stigma of AIDS is one of AIDS Foundation Houston's missions. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
18 Dominique Sachse, from left, Shelby Hodge, Licia Green Ellis and David Chaumette at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
5 Jessica Rossman, from left, Gordon Bethune, Kelly Young and Travis Torrence at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
13 Nick Florescu, from left, Minnie Stamos, Georgeta Teodorescu and Aaron Long at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
3 Joni Baird and C.C. Conner at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
2 Kevin Gilliard, from left, Frank Billingsley, P’nina Topham and Phil Eaton at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
15 Mark Roth, left, and Mike Stewart at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
16 Jackie Martin, from left, Ellen Cohen and Licia Green Ellis at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
7 Edward Sanchez, from left, Roland Maldonado, Kim Padgett and Joshua Espinedo at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
12 Mark Temple, from left, Amy Blumrosen and Chris Watt at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
11 Jillian “J.J.” Simmons and Michael Dulaney at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
4 Rick Dickson, from left, Jonathan Russell and Scott Moster at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
1 Danny Martinez, from left, Jonathan Ashworth and Ericia Rivera at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014
17 The venue at the AIDS Foundation Houston luncheon December 2014

The United Nations mantra "Getting to Zero" resonated through the ballroom of the Westin Galleria Hotel on Monday, when AIDS Foundation Houston gathered to commemorate World AIDS Day.

As AIDSFH board chairman Richard Ray noted, "Today is an opportunity for people everywhere to recommit and unite in the fight against new infections. It is a day that reminds us that we must raise awareness, fight stigma and increase education. Imagine telling the next generation that you were part of ending HIV/AIDS."

In the ongoing battling against the disease, State Sen. Rodney Ellis was honored with the Shelby Hodge Vision Award. He was recognized for his work supporting legislation such as mandatory HIV testing for those entering and exiting Texas prisons and supporting free HIV testing initiatives. Licia Green Ellis accepted the award on behalf of her husband, who was unable to attend but addressed the gathering via video.

Dominique Sachse and David Chaumette chaired the luncheon that featured as guest speaker Dr. Brandon Brown, director of the Global Health Research, Education and Translation Initiative at the University of California Irvine. He shared details on his infectious disease research in Peru and the problem of AIDS contagion and stigmatism around the world.

Joining in the program were AIDS Foundation CEO Kelly Young, luncheon honorary chair Travis Torrence and Joni Baird of Chevron, sponsor of the luncheon.

Guests included Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, City Councilwoman Ellen Cohen, City Councilman Ed Gonzalez, George Lancaster, Jessica Rossman and Gordon Bethune, Montrice Malone, Nick Florescu, C.C. Conner and Jackie Martin.

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