AIDS Fighter, Fraser-Howze Honored

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On Monday, December 4, 2006, Gay Men of African Decent (GMAD), one of New York City’s leading support organization and resource centers for the LGBT community of color, will honor Debra Fraser Howze, President/CEO of National Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), and Assistant Professor/Medical Researcher, Dr. David J. Malebranche with its prestigious Angel Award.

“It’s truly a blessing to be receiving this award,” says Ms. Fraser-Howze who will receive her award from former boss and friend, Hon. Charles B. Rangel, newly elect Chair of the Way & Means Committee. “I personally knew Charles Angel and NBLCA which supported his early efforts is truly honored to see his vision kept alive thru this much-needed organization.” 

The ceremony, which will include a performance from former American Idol contestant and current star of RENT - Frenchie Davis, takes place at Harlem’s Alhambra Ballroom, 216 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd at 126th Street, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. For ticket and additional information, please call (212) 828-1697 Ext. 113.

Ms. Frazer-Howze, who from 1995 - 2001 served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), has been recognized for more than two decades of local, national, and international leadership to communities of color regarding teenage pregnancy, social welfare, and HIV and AIDS. Through her relentless advocacy, African-Americans and other people of color have gained greater inclusion in local and national policy, planning, research, and clinical trials. Her ability to develop solutions and build effective coalitions to address major issues effecting communities of African descent have been recognized worldwide and government official from around the globe, including Barbados, Bermuda, Gabon, Jamaica, and Uganda have sought her council.

Ms. Fraser-Howze has been recognized for more than two decades of local, national, and international leadership to communities of color regarding teenage pregnancy, social welfare, and HIV and AIDS.  She was the Vice Chair of the HIV Human Services Planning Council during the administration of New York City’s first African-American Mayor, David N. Dinkins, and chaired the National Institute of Health’s Public Education Technology Committee. In December 2003, New York City’s mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, appointed Ms. Fraser-Howze to the New York City Commission on AIDS.

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