March 29, 2012 | by Steve Charing
AIDS Action Baltimore celebrates 25 years
Anthony Fauci, Lynda Dee, John Bartlett, gay news, gay politics dc

AIDS Action Baltimore founder and president Lynda Dee (center) flanked by award presenter Dr. Anthony Fauci (left) and award recipient Dr. John Bartlett for his groundbreaking work on infectious diseases. (Blade photo by Steve Charing)

More than 200 supporters of AIDS Action Baltimore attended the organization’s 25th anniversary gala March 25 at the Four Seasons Hotel. AAB raises money to support its own patient services programs and to advocate for more efficient and effective treatment services and research programs for people with HIV as well as fair pricing for newly approved drugs and reasonable price increases for all HIV drugs.

Founder and president Lynda Dee, a Baltimore attorney, acknowledged the work of many individuals and companies over the course of its 25-year-history. Most notable was the late Garey Lambert, whom she credited as the “visionary” for the creation of AAB.

Special awards were given to Dr. John G. Bartlett, presented by Dr. Anthony S. Fauci; Rev. Debra Hickman presented by Heather Hauck and Charlie Reid presented by Lynda Dee.

“This is not about altruism, this is about my friends and my fear of losing them,” Dee told the Blade.

The event was underwritten by PNC Bank. For more information, visit aidsactionbaltimore.org.

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