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AmfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, raised nearly $1 million Tuesday night at an event honoring leaders in the LGBT community who have played key roles in the fight against AIDS.
AmfAR's eighth annual Honoring With Pride benefit, held at the Rainbow Room in New York City, paid tribute to AIDS advocates David Barr, Liz Smith, and Dr. Barbara Starrett. Barr, a highly regarded HIV treatment advocate and educator who is the director of the Collaborative Fund for HIV Treatment Preparedness. Smith, a nationally syndicated columnist, has worked to raise public awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Starrett has pioneered efforts to bring quality health care to the LGBT community. Awards were presented by Peter Staley, Liza Minnelli, and New York City council speaker Christine Quinn.
AmfAR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, and treatment education. Since 1985, amfAR has invested $260 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. (The Advocate)