Dionne Warwick honored for AIDS work
January 29 2004 12:00 AM ET
Singer Dionne Warwick on Tuesday received the American Citizen Honor Award from the U.S. government in recognition of her work to raise money for AIDS research. Warwick was presented the award while in Singapore by U.S. ambassador Frank Lavin. "We have to make people aware, not just through writing but also verbally and through demonstrations," Warwick said after receiving the award. "I am doing what I feel comes naturally. When you receive an accolade you feel that your work is being accepted...but this is overwhelming." Warwick worked in 1985 with singers Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John to record "That's What Friends Are For," the profits from which were donated to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. She also performed with several other artists in 1990 at a concert in New York City that raised $2.5 million for AIDS service organizations.