Three weeks ago, ONE members Erica Bovea, Dani Bernal, Betsy Skipp and Alix Gordon teamed up to pursue the idea of bringing the tropical and culturally diverse city of Miami together on World AIDS Day. Miami is a significant location for the mission of raising awareness of this continuing pandemic given the fact that the city has one of the highest incidences of new infections in the US.
We teamed up with HaVen Gastro Lounge, located on Lincoln Road in South Beach, and obtained sponsorship from Belvedere with their (RED) product. The terrific HaVen team took our ONE images and videos and displayed them on their 3 incredible and seamless LCD walls creating a total ONE immersion effect throughout the night.
All kinds of social media brought in a really big crowd eager to learn more about the issue and take action with ONE. We brought the news that right now, especially during the fiscal cliff negotiations, is a crucial moment to protect funding for proven, effective programs like PEPFAR and the Global Fund.
The tipping point is within our sight as we aim for the Beginning of the End of AIDS and the first AIDS-free generation. Guests were inspired to produce handwritten letters to Senator Marco Rubio letting him know that his constituents fully supported his efforts to preserve the International Affairs account to protect our investment in life saving development programs such as those that fight HIV/AIDS, childhood diseases and hunger. Everyone was delighted to have a fun and inspirational evening where they could take action and really make a difference.