In recognition of Macy’s steadfast and ongoing support of HIV/AIDS education and awareness initiatives, the Latino Commission on AIDS at its annual Cielo gala will honor Macy’s with its esteemed Business Leadership Award. The award will be presented during the celebratory night to take place on Friday, April 28 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The Business Leadership Award was created to distinguish steady or exemplary support from corporate benefactors who contribute to the fight against AIDS.
“Macy’s is honored to accept the 2017 Business Leadership Award from the Latino Commission on AIDS. HIV/AIDS is an important philanthropic focus area for Macy’s and we are committed to being champions for positive change. In 2016, teams from our Partners in Time employee volunteerism program participated in over 80 service projects benefiting HIV/AIDS organizations. Those efforts resulted in 2,700 logged volunteer hours, and nearly $90,000 raised. Since 2012, Macy’s has donated over $3.4 million to the fight against HIV/AIDS through our corporate giving programs. We are grateful to be recognized for our ongoing support of a cause that touches the communities we serve,” said Dineen Garcia, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Strategies, Macy’s, Inc.
The 2017 Cielo Gala, under the theme Designing a World Without AIDS, will benefit the OASIS: Latino LGBTS Wellness Center, a new initiative of the Commission. OASIS opened its doors in May of 2016 and over the past year has worked to build a community of support for all Latino LGBTS in New York City.
“Corporations such as Macy’s are crucial in supporting the Latino Commission on AIDS’ programs and services that help reduce the disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS among Latinos. In these times of uncertainty there is a critical need for funds to continue our work. Macy’s has shown it’s unyielding commitment to the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and for that we are very pleased to present them with our Business Leadership Award,” stated Guillermo Chacon, president of the Latino Commission on AIDS and founder of the Hispanic Health Network.
Companies previously honored include Delta Air Lines, Gilead, MTV, Merck, Prudential, ViiV, NBC and Time Warner.
Designing a World without AIDS speaks to critical health issues, along with the organization’s efforts to confront stigma and isolation, and in particular to highlight the harsh reality of the disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS faced by some of our most vulnerable populations. The gala evening will consist of a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, the awards presentation, and music from the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
For more information on Cielo, visit www.cielolatino.org.