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2014 Research in Action Awards


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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

To join the Host Committee or to become a Sponsor, click HERE.

To download a Sponsor Form, click HERE.

To advertise in the RIAA Journal, click HERE.

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


Journal Advertisements

$10,000 Two-page journal advertisement + 10 tickets to RIAA    
$5,000   Full-page journal advertisement + 8 tickets to RIAA            
$3,000  Half-page journal advertisement + 4 tickets to RIAA      
$1,500 Quarter-page journal advertisement + 2 tickets to RIAA
$750  Eighth-page journal advertisement + 1 ticket to RIAA   

NOTE:  Journal advertisers will be contacted by the TAG office to secure artwork and/or provide assistance in designing the advertisement.