Randy Tobias to speak at World AIDS Day

Dateline: Sun 23 Nov 2008

Here is a press release regarding Tobias' talk Monday Dec. 1:

"The Circle City AIDS Coalition will host an Ecumenical Service of Worship in conjunction with St. Luke's United Methodist Church to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, 2008 at 6 p.m. This service will take place at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis. The community is invited to this free community program.

"This program will feature Ambassador Randall Tobias; Dr. Kent Millard (senior pastor at the church); Marion County Health Department director, Dr. Virginia Caine; and (Ms.) Jerry Burkman of the Indiana State Department of Health. In addition, local AIDS activists, clergy and concerned citizens will be present to participate. This hour-long program is designed to highlight the face of Hoosiers in this world-wide health crisis, give attendees an opportunity to remember those that they have lost to HIV/AIDS, uplift and encourage all in attendance in the on-going fight to combat this crisis and raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and its impact on people here in Indiana.

"The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will display panels from the quilt and the St. Luke's Singers, and the Indianapolis Men's & Women's Choruses will perform live. A reception will follow the program.

"The Circle City HIV/AIDS Coalition is a non-profit community action group comprised of HIV/AIDS prevention organizations and individuals from secular and faith-based backgrounds in HIV education who are interested in prevention efforts that combat HIV/AIDS and supportive efforts that impact the community and HIV positive persons across Indianapolis and its surrounding areas."

For those with short memories, Tobias' title of ambassador refers to his former job as ambassador for President Bush's AIDS emergency relief fund and later as director of U.S. Foreign Assistance, etc. He stepped down, as the state department news release said, "for personal reasons" in April, 2007. Those reasons were revealed to be ties to a high falutin' call girl ring in Washington, D.C.

Life goes on, and I personally find it refreshing that it does so without rancor. Thanks to the reader/friend who sent the release.

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