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12 Dec 2015

Bebashi celebrates 30 years of service to the Philadelphia community

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December 12, 2015 Category: Health Posted by:

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. 

J. Whyatt Mondesire

J. Whyatt Mondesire

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

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