2007 World AIDS Day Luncheon

Friday, November 30, 2007

Registration: 11:30 a.m. – Lunch and Program: 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Washington State Convention & Trade Center


Rev. Debra Jarvis, author of “It’s Not About the Hair” and “Journey Through AIDS”


Megan Cole, Actor and Public Speaker with a Theatrical Presentation

Megan conducts workshops on empathic physician/patient communication and since 2000, has been the artist-in-residence and visiting professor at the University of Texas Medical School of Houston. Megan has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has in recent years made television guest-appearances on “Seinfeld,” “ER,” and “The Practice.” Megan originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer-Prize winning drama “WIT,” a play depicting a woman’s journey through cancer treatment and ultimately death. She now tours with “The Wisdom of WIT,” her solo version of the play. Recent tours have included Johns Hopkins University, Mayo Clinic, Georgetown University and the National Rehabilitation Hospital, among others. Megan leads classes on literature and medicine, and gives numerous public talks on the human face of medicine for health-related and end-of-life care organizations.

Special Awards Ceremony

HIV/AIDS Heroes Award Recipient:

Pat Benson

We honor Pat Benson, a Multifaith Works client who has embraced our Shanti and CareTeams Programs and has made choices  to improve the quality of her life and gain independence.

Corporate Leader Award Recipient: Ben Bridge Jewelers

Recognizing Ben Bridge Jewelers for their event sponsorship, corporate philanthropy and commitment to helping better the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Gwen Beighle Prestigious Committed Service Award Recipient:

Rabbi Anson Laytner, former Multifaith Works Executive Director.

This award is named in honor of the Multifaith Works founder, Rev. Gwen Beighle whose vision and leadership played a vital role in inspiring members of diverse faith communities to unite in service bringing compassion and dignity to those living and dying with HIV/AIDS. The award recognizes Rabbi Laytner for his vision, leadership and commitment to helping people living with HIV/AIDS.