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AIDS Foundation Houston kicks it up a notch with "Getting to Zero" World AIDS Day luncheon

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98 Phil Wilson, from left, Travis Torrence and Frank Billingsley at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
Phil Wilson, from left, co-chairs Travis Torrence and Frank Billingsley at the World AIDS Day luncheon benefiting AIDS Foundation Houston. Photo by © Gary Fountain
84 Gordon Bethune and Jessica Rossman at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
Gordon Bethune and honorary Jessica Rossman at the World AIDS Day luncheon. Photo by © Gary Fountain
36 Mia Shay, from left, C.C. Conner and Carolyn Farb at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
Mia Shay, from left, C.C. Conner and Carolyn Farb at the World AIDS Day luncheon. Photo by © Gary Fountain
103 Richard Ray, left, and Anthony Dowd at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
Richard Ray, left, and Anthony Dowd at the World AIDS Day luncheon. Photo by © Gary Fountain
78 Brian Teichman, left, and Andrew Cordes at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
Brian Teichman, left, and Andrew Cordes at the World AIDS Day luncheon. Photo by © Gary Fountain
71 Sheila Jackson Lee, from left, Phil Wilson and Andrew C. Burks Jr. at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, from left, Phil Wilson and Andrew C. Burks Jr. at the World AIDS Day luncheon. Photo by © Gary Fountain
30 Jeff Shell, left, and Tarek Elbjeirmi at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
Jeff Shell, left, and Tarek Elbjeirmi at the World AIDS Day luncheon. Photo by © Gary Fountain
15 Crystal Ward, left, and Mikaela Mendez at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
Crystal Ward, left, and Mikaela Mendez at the World AIDS Day luncheon. Photo by © Gary Fountain
10 Kendrick Clack, from left, Harrison Guy and Russell Cotton at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
Kendrick Clack, from left, Harrison Guy and Russell Cotton at the World AIDS Day luncheon. Photo by © Gary Fountain
21 Sandeep Khandelwal and Ruchi Mukherjee at the World AIDS Day luncheon
Sandeep Khandelwal and Ruchi Mukherjee at the World AIDS Day luncheon. Photo by © Gary Fountain
90 Kim Padgett and Edward Sanchez at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
Kim Padgett and Edward Sanchez at the World AIDS Day luncheon. Photo by © Gary Fountain
98 Phil Wilson, from left, Travis Torrence and Frank Billingsley at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
84 Gordon Bethune and Jessica Rossman at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
36 Mia Shay, from left, C.C. Conner and Carolyn Farb at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
103 Richard Ray, left, and Anthony Dowd at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
78 Brian Teichman, left, and Andrew Cordes at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
71 Sheila Jackson Lee, from left, Phil Wilson and Andrew C. Burks Jr. at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
30 Jeff Shell, left, and Tarek Elbjeirmi at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
15 Crystal Ward, left, and Mikaela Mendez at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
10 Kendrick Clack, from left, Harrison Guy and Russell Cotton at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
21 Sandeep Khandelwal and Ruchi Mukherjee at the World AIDS Day luncheon
90 Kim Padgett and Edward Sanchez at the World AIDS Day luncheon.
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With Channel 2's charismatic meteorologist Frank Billingsley and energetic Shell attorney Travis Torrence sharing duties as chairs of AIDS Foundation Houston's 2013 World AIDS Day Luncheon, the annual fundraiser soared to new heights. More than a little pizzazz was added to the scene at the Westin Galleria by honorary chair Jessica Rossman.

The "Getting to Zero" theme of the luncheon was hammered home again and again as Mayor Annise Parker discussed the city's role in combating the spread of HIV and AIDS and the individual's responsibility in prevention. Guest speaker Phill Wilson, founder and CEO of Black AIDS Institute, addressed the need to erase the stigma of AIDS, particularly in the African-American community. Living with AIDS for more than three decades, Wilson reiterated the Mayor's call for personal responsibility in fighting the disease.

Even luncheon honoree Dr. Philip Keiser, recipient of the Shelby Hodge Vision Award, beat the drum for individual precautions necessary to stop the spread of AIDS. Kieser is a professor at UTMB Health in Galveston and his primary focus is the care and treatment of HIV and its related infections.

Also joining in the program were AFH board chair Diann Lewter, Chevron public and government affairs manager Joni Baird and luncheon emcee Jillian "JJ" Simmons of 97.9 The Box radio.

The support team of 400 included Andrew Cordes and Brian Teichman, George Lancaster, Carolyn Farb, Miya Shay, Dr. Roland Garcia, Gordon Bethune, Jeff Shell, Katherine Orellana Ross, Nick Espinosa, City Council members Ellen Cohen, Steven Costello and Andrew C. Burks, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Kim Padgett and Edward Sanchez.

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