CARE USA CEO Dr. Helene Gayle to Be Honored at Blood:Water Mission’s Second
Annual Red Tie Gala
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- October 31, 2013
Nashville non-profit organization Blood:Water Mission today announced they
will honor Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, at its second
annual Red Tie Gala, presented by Noodle & Boo. The Gala is a gathering of
local, regional, and national advocates in the international fight against
The event will be at the Hutton Hotel on Thursday, November 21 and will honor
Dr. Gayle for her longstanding contribution in the global HIV/AIDS pandemic
and her ongoing advocacy and commitment for global health and poverty issues.
The hosts for the evening will be Rascal Flatts’ lead guitarist Joe Don Rooney
and his wife, 2001 Miss Georgia USA’s Tiffany Fallon. The evening will be held
in advance of World AIDS Day, celebrated annually on December 1 to highlight
the ongoing advancement in health, research and advocacy on the disease.
An expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues, Dr. Gayle
spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on
HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gayle then worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.
“We are honored to celebrate the impact that Dr. Gayle has had on the advance
against HIV/AIDS,” said Mike Hamilton, President of Engagement for Blood:Water
Mission. “Her contributions have enabled organizations like us see greater
outcomes in the lives of those we serve, even in the most remote communities
of the world impacted by this disease.”
“I am humbled to be recognized by Blood:Water Mission. It is an organization
that clearly understands that partnering with communities in Africa is the
best way to create true, lasting change and find solutions to the critical
challenges of water and HIV/AIDS,” said Dr. Gayle.
Dr. Gayle serves on public company and non-profit boards including The
Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, the
Center for Strategic and International Studies, the New America Foundation,
the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and the ONE
Campaign. Additionally, she currently serves on the President’s Commission on
White House Fellowships and the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs
Policy Board. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the
American Public Health Association, the Institute of Medicine, and the
American Academy of Pediatrics.
Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top
100 Global Thinkers,” and Newsweek’s top 10 “Women in Leadership,” Dr. Gayle
has been featured by national and international media outlets. She has also
published numerous scientific articles on HIV/AIDS and other public health
Also being honored is Dr. Judd Walson, Associate Professor in the Departments
of Global Health, Medicine, Infectious Disease, Pediatrics and Epidemiology at
the University of Washington. He has been recognized for his research in
Kenya, Ethiopia,Nepal, Thailand and Bangladesh, focusing on studies of
infectious disease, including diarrheal disease, HIV and other infections.
Additionally, Dr. Walson is the Co-Director of the Strategic Analysis,
Research and Training Program at the University of Washington, providing
analytic and research support to project teams at the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation. Dr. Walson has built effective partnerships and collaborations
with many research and health care institutions, including the Kenya Medical
Research Unit, theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, Walter Reed
Army Institute of Research.
At the event, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Drew Holcomb will perform, and
attendees will learn about the work of Blood:Water Mission and their efforts
in the HIV/AIDS fight in Africa, where two-thirds of the worldwide AIDS cases
are located. Proceeds of the evening will benefit the expansion of
Blood:Water’s work in the Suki region of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where an
estimated 10 percent of the population is living with HIV/AIDS.
“The funds raised at the event will enable us to reach a community where there
are currently no other organizations working,” says Hamilton. “We will have
the ability to bring comprehensive HIV care and support to high risk families
that have yet to receive the care and support necessary to live a long and
The presenting sponsor of the event is Noodle & Boo, thepremier leaderin
luxury maternity and baby skin care with a commitment to help children in need
across the globe.
For more information regarding sponsorships or purchasing tickets, contact
Blood:Water Mission at 615-550-4296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Blood:Water Mission
Blood:Water Mission is a non-profit organization based in Nashville,
Tennessee, established to equip African grassroots organizations to end the
HIV/AIDS and water crises. Founded by multi-platinum GRAMMY^® Award winning
band, Jars of Clay, Blood:Water Mission began in 2004 as a call to personalize
the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. Since its launch, Blood:Water
hasidentifiedcountless hidden heroes in Africa, comingalongsidetheir
vision for change. Throughtechnical, financial and organizational support,
Blood:Water has expanded the reach and effectiveness of African civil society
organizations and the communities they serve, partnering with more than 1,300
communities in Africa, providing life-saving water for over 800,000 people in
11 different countries and access to HIV/AIDS treatment care and support for
over 30,000 people. For more information and to get involved, visit
www.bloodwatermission.com or follow on twitter, @bloodwater.
For Blood:Water Mission
Joelle Polisky, 615-516-0358
B|W|R Public Relations (for presenting sponsor Noodle & Boo)
Hayley Antonian, 310-248-6154
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