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GMHC to Honor President Bill Clinton, Peter & Jes Staley at 35th Anniversary Spring Gala










March 22, 2017
Contact: Danielle Filson | 646-335-0443 |

New York, NY–Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) will hold their 35th Anniversary Spring Gala on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30pm at Highline Stages, 441 West 14th Street in New York City. Distinguished honorees include President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, Peter Staley, HIV/AIDS and LGBT Rights Activist, and Jes Staley, Chief Executive Officer of Barclays. Proceeds will benefit GMHC's services for thousands of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

GMHC's history can be traced to the very beginning of the AIDS epidemic, 35 years ago. This milestone anniversary is a tribute to GMHC's legacy as the world's first AIDS service organization and the beginning of the agency's next chapter of providing comprehensive life-saving services.

The milestone 35th Anniversary Spring Gala will incorporate a cocktail reception, luxury auction, and dinner with performances from Broadway stars, Michael Cerveris, Beth Malone and Billy Porter. The program will feature presentations of the prestigious Judith Peabody Humanitarian Award, Larry Kramer Activism Award, and Corporate Partner Award.

WHAT: GMHC 35th Anniversary Spring Gala
WHERE: Highline Stages, 441 West 14th, Street, New York, NY 10014
WHEN: Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30 PM
WHAT: GMHC 35th Anniversary Spring Gala

President Bill Clinton
Peter Staley
Jes Staley
Demetre Daskalakis, MD, NYC DOHMH Assistant Commissioner
GMHC Co-Founders Larry Kramer and Larry Mass, MD
Talk show host, TV producer and writer Phil Donahue
Actress, producer and activist Marlo Thomas
GMHC Board Co-Chairs Roberta Kaplan and Michael Harwood
Tony Award winning actor, singer and guitarist Michael Cerveris
Tony Award nominated actress and singer Beth Malone
Tony Award winning actor, singer and composer Billy Porter


"We are thrilled to honor President Bill Clinton, Peter Staley and Jes Staley at GMHC's 35th Anniversary Spring Gala. The Clinton Foundation has been battling the epidemic since 2002, saving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Peter Staley, a staunch HIV/AIDS Activist has been steadfast on the frontlines, and his brother Jes Staley currently leads an organization with an incredibly strong track record in supporting LGBT rights," said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. "We look forward to celebrating all three of our well-deserving honorees."

The annual gala is attended by influential leaders and activists dedicated to supporting GMHC's programs, and the vulnerable populations they serve. For more information about the 35th Anniversary Gala and to purchase tickets, visit:

**Media and photographers interested in attending should contact Danielle Filson at**


About Gay Men's Health Crisis

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the nation's leading provider of HIV and AIDS care, prevention services and advocacy, serving nearly 10,000 people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in New York City, the epicenter of the epidemic in the U.S. As the world's first HIV and AIDS service organization, GMHC is an expert in providing services that every person affected by the epidemic deserves. GMHC is on the front lines caring for people who are both HIV negative and positive, including: testing, nutrition, legal, mental health and education services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020. Most recently, GMHC and other HIV and AIDS organizations successfully persuaded the federal government to recommend widespread use of PrEP, a new daily treatment that is over 90% effective in preventing HIV infection. For more information, visit