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2012 Fundraisers

TAGupdate 2012

D.C. garden party commemorates TAG’s 20th anniversary

[From left: Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, Garance Franke-Ruta, Barbara Hughes, Mark Harrington, Ellen Sigal, & David I. Sigal]

In May 2012, Ellen Sigal, founder of Friends of Cancer Research, and Gerald Sigal—parents of filmmaker and TAG board member David I. Sigal—hosted a garden party in Washington, D.C., to commemorate TAG’s 20th anniversary. Speakers included Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The event gathered together many of the researchers, policy makers, and activists who spearheaded reforms at the FDA and NIH that resulted in much faster approval of drugs to treat HIV and related opportunistic infections and cancers. Dr. Fauci saluted TAG’s accomplishment, while noting, “It wasn’t always easy” (perhaps thinking of ACT UP’s “Storm the NIH” demonstration in May 1990). Dr. Hamburg spoke of how AIDS activists transformed the way the FDA regulates drug testing and approval. TAG thanks the Sigals for their generosity.

Longtime TAG supporter Dr. Michael Giordano hosts reception honoring TAG’s Accelerating Research to Cure AIDS Campaign

[From left: Dr. Michael Giordano, Mark Harrington, & Dr. Roy “Trip” Gulick]

On June 20, 2012, longtime TAG supporter and NYC AIDS clinician Michael Giordano, MD, hosted a reception honoring TAG’s Accelerating Research to Cure AIDS Campaign. TAG board member and Cornell University Medical School Professor of Infectious Disease Roy “Trip” Gulick gave an update to Cure Campaign supporters about progress in HIV cure research. TAG thanks Drs. Giordano and Gulick for helping move the cure agenda forward.

Summer Fire Island Pines benefit honors TAG

[From left: Frank Rappa, Mark Harrington, Monte Steinman, Michael Rizzi, John Yakubik, Anthony Bellapigna, Bobby Mistretta, Marc Berman, & Robert Monteleone]

On August 18, TAG board members Frank Rappa and Monte Steinman hosted a benefit honoring TAG’s work at Club 570 in Fire Island’s Pines. Special thanks go to Club 570 hosts Anthony Bellapigna, Michael Rizzi, Marc Berman and John Yakubik, and Bobby Mistretta; A|X Armani Exchange; Sip•n•Twirl; DJ Justin Dawson; bartender Robert; entertainers Justin and Oscar; and all those who came to support TAG!

A note from TAG supporter Jim Aquino, who raised nearly $4,000 for TAG via pledges toward his planned run in the New York City Marathon

One of the first words that comes to mind when I think of TAG is commitment. And now it’s been an unbelievable 20 unwavering years of that spirit that continues to inspire me.

When I decided to run the New York City Marathon, I knew I wanted it to benefit TAG’s continuing efforts to accelerate a cure for AIDS. So I trained hard and asked my family and friends to help, and they did not disappoint. They knew how much this meant to me and how important it is to support TAG’s campaign. I will be forever grateful to them. Over the 18 weeks that I trained, I had plenty of time to think about the past, about dear friends that are no longer here, and about the hope of a not-too-distant future when there will be a cure. And knowing my run would benefit TAG kept the wind at my back the entire way.  

Ultimately, the fact that the Marathon was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy doesn’t change the inspiration that motivated me to train for it in the first place. And in the end, I was just happy that the hard work still resulted in a nice donation to TAG. Every little bit helps....and now I’m working on new ideas to keep it coming!