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2014 Research in Action Awards


DOWNLOAD:  2014 RIAA Program Book



TAG's annual Research in Action Awards (RIAA) event honors activists, scientists, philanthropists, and creative artists who have made extraordinary contributions to the fight against AIDS. Resources raised at RIAA provide vital support for TAG’s programs throughout the year, and enable us to honor champions in the fight to end AIDS.

Sunday, December 14, 2014
404 Tenth Avenue in Chelsea (New York City)
6–8 p.m.

Event Chairs

Scott P. Campbell, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation
Honorable Tom Duane, former New York State Senator
, President & CEO, Tom Duane Strategies

Honorary Chair

John Kander, Award-Winning Composer


Jenna Wolfe, Anchor on NBC’s Weekend TODAY


Alan Cumming is an actor and activist beyond eclectic: Time magazine named him “one of the most fun people in show business.” He plays political maverick Eli Gold on CBS’s The Good Wife, for which he received Emmy, SAG, and Satellite Award nominations, and is currently reprising his Tony Award–winning performance as the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret. Alan has written for Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar, and Out, and has just released his memoir, Not My Father's Son, published by Dey Street Books. A tireless champion for LGBT civil rights and HIV/AIDS, Alan serves on the Board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and works closely with amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, The Trevor Project, and the Ali Forney Center, to name but a few. In 2009, Alan was made an OBE in the Queen's Honors List and by his homeland, Scotland, for which he was a vocal supporter of the “Yes” for independence campaign, and by which he has been awarded both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards.
Presented by Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Writer, Singer, Painter, and Performance Artist

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD, is Chair of the Global TB/HIV Working Group. Formerly serving as United States Global AIDS Coordinator (2009–2013), where he led all U.S. government international HIV efforts, he is currently heading a new center on implementation science at the University of California, San Francisco’s Global Health Sciences. His decades of experience in HIV include tenure as Deputy Director of the White House National Policy Office and Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration. From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Goosby was CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, and he has also served on the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Presented by Mark Harrington, Executive Director of TAG

Fred Hersch has been proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so” and “a master who plays it his way” by the New York Times. The six-time Grammy Award–nominee balances his internationally acclaimed instrumental work with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and AIDS activist. As the first HIV-positive jazz musician to come out publicly, Hersch has long been an activist for HIV/AIDS causes, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars through appearances and benefit concerts and CDs.
Presented by David Hyde Pierce, Award-Winning Actor and Past RIAA Honoree

Gregorio Millett, MPH, was recently appointed as Vice President and Director of Public Policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. He is a nationally recognized epidemiologist/researcher with significant experience working at the highest levels of federal HIV policy development at both the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Millett served as a detailee in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy as a Senior Policy Advisor. In this role, he coordinated the Office’s policy and research activities, including HIV prevention policy and the federal-level interagency process to develop the National AIDS Strategy. Mr. Millett is one of three principal writers of President Obama’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Presented by Jim Pickett, Director of Prevention Advocacy and Gay Men’s Health at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Christopher Tepper and Paul Kelterborn are cofounders for the NYC AIDS Memorial, which is a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to the recognition and preservation of the ongoing history of the AIDS crisis. The organization is working to build a memorial to honor New York City’s 100,000+ men, women, and children who have died from AIDS; to commemorate and celebrate the efforts of the caregivers and activists who responded to fight the disease; and to recognize the ongoing crisis.
Presented by Scott P. Campbell, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation

Dr. Mary Travis Bassett was appointed commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in January 2014. With more than 30 years of experience in public health, Dr. Bassett has dedicated her career to advancing health equity. Dr. Bassett grew up in New York City, received her B.A. in History and Science from Harvard University, her M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She served her medical residency at Harlem Hospital Center, and has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Washington.
Presented by Gregg Gonsalves, Co-dierector of the Yale global Health Justice Partnership

TAG Limited Art Edition

Kate Shepherd
For the ever, avec Souci
Two color screen print from etching lines on aluminum panel
13.25 x 11.12 inches
Edition of 20
Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Lelong and Anthony Meier Fine Arts

Acclaimed artist Kate Shepherd has generously donated a limited edition of 20 prints, createdespecially for TAG. Bronze, Silver, and Gold patrons of RIAA 2014 will receive one of these limited editions as available. Kate Shepherd is an artist who lives and works in New York. Trained in both art and architecture, her oeuvre includes painting, sculpture, and site-specific land art. She is represented by Galerie Lelong (New York, Paris), Anthony Meier Fine Arts (San Francisco), and Barbara Krakow Gallery (Boston), and has also exhibited with Galería Elvira González (Madrid) and Bartha Contemporary (London). Her work has been acquired by museums such as the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.); and the Seattle Art Museum.

Host Committee

Christine, Benjamin & Darius Anagnos

Barbara Hughes & Andrea Benzacar

Jim Aquino

Richard Lynn & Joseph Evall

Judith D. Auerbach

Alby Maccarone

David Barr & Sam Avrett

Robert Monteleone

Frank Bua & Scott Carroll

Scott Morgan & Fred Hersch

David Corkery

Laura Morrison

John F. Duane

Jason Osher & Richard Schubel

Joy Episalla & Carrie Yamaoka

Earl L. Plante

M. Lee Garrison

Frank Rappa

Kevin Goetz

Bruce Schackman & Ed Sikov

Trip Gulick, MD

David Sigal & New York State Senator Brad Hoylman

Mark Harrington

Whitney Sogol


Monte Steinman


amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
Elton John AIDS Foundation
Gilead Sciences
Global Health Strategies
David Sigal & New York State Senator
Brad Hoylman/Sigal Family Foundation
Joy A. Tomchin
Wells Fargo

Anderson Cooper
Celeste Cooper
Richard Lynn & Joseph Evall

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
David Corkery
The Debs Foundation/Nick Debs
Judith & Steven Gluckstern “In honor of our dear friend Fred Hersch”
Kevin & Neil Goetz
Florette Hoffheimer “In honor of Fred Hersch”
Barbara Hughes & Andrea Benzacar
Janssen Therapeutics
Alby P. Maccarone Jr.
Robert Monteleone
Linda & Stuart Nelson “In honor of Fred Hersch”

Christine, Benjamin, & Darius Anagnos
John Calcagno & Amr Abdelaziz
M. Lee Garrison
Robert W. Lennon
Kenneth T. Monteiro & Leo J. Blackman
Jason Osher & Richard Schubel
Bruce Schackman & Ed Sikov
Peter Staley & Gary Schwartz
Jonathan Starch
Doug Wirth, President/CEO, Amida Care

Jim Aquino
Judith D. Auerbach
Benjamin Bashein/ACRIA
Frank Bua & Scott Carroll
Scott P. Campbell
Dr. Chris Chi & Mr. Paul Warren
Kenneth Cole & Maria Cuomo Cole
Edward J. Davis & Thomas D. Phillips
John F. Duane
Joy Episalla & Carrie Yamaoka
Renée Fleming “In honor of Fred Hersch”
Dr. Charles Franchino
Trip Gulick, MD, & Tom Beckett
Mark Harrington
Karen & Steve Hirdt
Housing Works/Charles King & Andrew Greene
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative/IAVI
Patrick Jordan “In honor of Scott Campbell”
Martin & Beth Katz
Noel E.D. Kirnon & Michael D. Paley
Winston B. Layne
Kelsey Louie/GMHC
Lawrence Magras
Kent & Ann Morgan “In honor of Fred Hersch”
Mirla & George Morrison
Earl L. Plante
Rabin Martin
Walter Rieman
Jamie Saakvitne & Daniel Chow
Monte Steinman
Steinway & Sons “In honor of Fred Hersch”
Mitchell Warren/AVAC
James M. & Ruth E. Wilder Foundation/Terri L. Wilder

AIDS Foundation of Chicago
David Barr & Sam Avrett
Dr. Carl Berg “In honor of Fred Hersch”
Valerie Berlin “In honor of Scott Campbell”
Dr. & Mrs. Charles C.J. Carpenter
George Cominskie & John Turner
Denise B. Dailey
Paul Dietz
Ken Fornataro
Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick
Robert A. Guida, MD
Charles Hamlen “In honor of Fred Hersch”
Christina & Kenneth Hecht
Hank & Sharon Hersch “In honor of Fred Hersch”
Henry & Gloria Hersch “In honor of Fred Hersch”
Debra Hoefler/National Convention Services
Claude LaFlamme & Wael Abdullah
Burt Lazarin
Kate Lear
Joseph McConnell & Erik Haagensen
Elaine & Glenn Mealy
Dr. Veronica Miller
Scott W. Morgan “In honor of Fred Hersch”
Laura Morrison
Sally Morrison & Tobias Corser
Congressmember Jerry Nadler
Lyle Saunders
Lousine Shamamian
Jane Silver
Whitney Sogol
Dr. Jack Steever
Margie & Mort Steinberg
Keith S. Tobin, MD
Tim Tompkins “In honor of former New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane”
Forrest Williams

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Sponsorship Levels

Gold $10,000 8 tickets to RIAA, acknowledgement in invitation and journal, and limited art edition
Silver $6,500 4 tickets to RIAA, acknowledgement in invitation and journal, and limited art edition
Bronze $5,000 2 tickets to RIAA, acknowledgement in invitation and journal, and limited art edition
Champion $2,000 6 tickets to RIAA and acknowledgement in invitation and journal
Supporter $800 2 tickets to RIAA and acknowledgement in invitation and journal
Friend $400  1 ticket to RIAA and acknowledgement in invitation and journal


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