SUN Publisher J. Whyatt Mondesire among the honorees
The year 2015 marks 30 years of service at Bebashi – Transition to Hope and on December 11, the organization will host the Power of Thirty gala at the exquisite Ballroom at the Ben in Center City from 6PM to 11PM. The gala will shine a spotlight on Bebashi’s 30 years of service and will honor 30 individuals who have aligned themselves with the same mission to educate and eradicate the spread HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Attendees will be entertained by Philadelphia’s own award winning comedian TuRae Gordon. Throughout the night honorees such as Dyana Williams, Senator Vincent Hughes, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Patty Jackson and more will receive the “John Allen Blue” award. John Allen Blue was one of Bebashi’s most beloved clients, and was known for his wit, humor and compassion. Despite being diagnosed with AIDS at a time when the medical community was just beginning to develop effective treatments, his demeanor was constantly upbeat and optimistic. After his passing over 20 years ago, Bebashi named an award in his honor to be bestowed to both local and national figures and organizations that have made a difference in fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
To highlight this phenomenal evening, musical legends El DeBarge and Howard Hewett will grace the stage, with a two-hour performance following on the 1’s and 2’s Legendary DJ Gary O will keep the party going. You won’t want to miss it!
Led by Executive Director Gary J. Bell, Bebashi’s purpose is to serve the underserved by providing culturally sensitive health related services, education, research and technical assistance to reduce and eliminate HIV / AIDS and other health disparities within the urban community. To date Bebashi has served over 600,000 people and their families in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Our 2015 Honorees
Antonio Adolphues Obra Kenodle III
Wesley Anderson Rashidah Abdul- Khabeer
Jenice Armstrong Dr. Helena Kwakwa
Lorina Marshall Blake Sara Lomax
Robert W. Bogle J. Whyatt Mondesire
Kevin J. Burns Loraine Ballard Morrill
E. Steven Collins Jerry Murphy M.D.
Amadou Diagne Dr. Amy Nunn
Helen Dow Sheryl Lee Ralph
Arthur Evans Robb Reichard
Joyce Evans David L. Valentine
Shirley Gregory Dyana Williams
Gladys Gutierrez Dr. Mary Vandenberg-Wolf
Vincent L. Hackney Vincent Hughes