Golf Tournament Honorees
Bill Stevenson- 2020 Swinging@AIDS (Virtual) Golf Tournament Honoree
Over the years, Swinging@AIDS events have been dedicated to friends who loyally supported the annual event. In 2020 we will honor Bill Stevenson, who died unexpectedly in June 2020. A golfer and supporter of the Center from the beginning, Bill as a lawyer, served as general counsel for the National Farmers Union Insurance Company and then the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. A lifetime supporter of civil rights and rectifying social injustice, his recent focus was initiating cooperatives for family farms in Colorado. Founder of the Kindness Foundation, he graduated with a Master of Divinity from The Iliff School of Theology in 2019.
Judge Wiley Daniel - 2019 Golf Tournament Honoree
Rev. Terri Todd and the generous people of Elizabeth United Methodist Church were honored at the "Spring is a Time for HOPE" Brunch. The church, under her leadership, has provided housing for an uneducated, impoverished woman in India forced into "survival sex"when her husband died of AIDS. Her church paid the monthly rent required for a school in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Todd first raised funds for AIDS orphans by walking bare-foot for 30 days on the famous El Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in Spain The term "shero," was first used in 1836, says Merriam-Webster, to designate a woman of high achievement and courange
Richard Moore - 2017
Burton Golub, MD devoted a lifetime to medicine, retiring after 50 years in 2015. A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston University Medical School, he went on to specialize in infectious diseases at the University of Colorado Medical School. Dr. Golub provided medical service to persons infected by HIV and AIDS for over 30 years. He has also been deeply involved in supporting the Center's programs in India that he has visited six times at his own expense. In each trip he has spent time with the Center’s Indian partners, N. M. Samuel, M.D., and Pastor Ambrose Dhanaraj, as well as visiting countless HIV patients in the clinic, office, and in their homes. He has lectured at various Center conferences that have focused on
topics of HIV, LGBTQ, and violence against women. He also visited remote areas of Sri Lanka that had recently survived a devastatingly long civil war.
Paula Murphy- 2016 Honoree
Imani Latif, Executive Director, It Takes A Village, Aurora, CO, has been named “Hero of the Year” by the Center for Health & Hope. Since the earliest years of the epidemic, she has been on the frontline promoting education, prevention, care & treatment. From handing out condoms in New York City streets in the 1980’s to starting her own non-profit charity focused on African-Americans and other ethnic minorities in 2002, Imani has been an inter-faith community leader. With Center support, she has reached out with short-term housing to homeless or recently released incarcerated African-Americans, who are HIV positive. She will be honored April 29 at the University of Denver during the 10th Annual “Spring Is A Time For HOPE” brunch.
Alice Washington - 2015 Honoree
TRIBUTE TO ALICE WASHINGTON
March 16, 2015—Ambassador’s Meeting
Alice was a sharp-witted, opinionated, and determined advocate for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS – in her public sector work prior to retirement, and afterwards, as a passionate volunteer who provided great advice on how to pursue our mission. It was so evident that she loved being a part of the Center. Many times, she overcame obstacle to get to us, whether transportation difficulties or not feeling well, in order to attend a meeting or event.
She was particularly passionate about Women and AIDS in the African American community.
Bill Graf - 2014 Hero of the Year
Bill Graf, Evergreen, Colorado, was recently honored as Hero of the Year. A Denver lawyer and global humanitarian, Bill has devoted his life to helping people. Whether it is Africa or the United States, Bill has a reputation for care and compassion.
In Kenya and Rwanda, he has reached out to help those Jesus called "the least of these." He has been deeply involved in making sure impoverished persons living with HIV and AIDS have received malaria nets, condoms, family water filters, and de-worming medicine. In Rwanda he has helped pastors to get Bible concordances in their own language, and helped them attain property for churches so they can carry on a ministry to the poor and those living with HIV and AIDS. An AIDS orphan is now an effective college-educated teacher because of Bill's generosity.
Humble and self-depricating, most of what Bill does, nobody ever knows. Whether it is visiting someone in the hospital, counseling a woman about to be thrown out of her home in Denver, or helping a person negotiate a will at a critical moment in their life, Bill puts service above self. Since its inception, the Center has benefited from his pro-bono legal skills and his visionary, hopeful outlook on life. Truly he is a hero--not just to us, but countless unnamed people in Rwanda, Kenya and the USA.
Ann Fort - 2013 Hero of the Year
Fifteen times at her own expense, humanitarian Ann Fort, Greenwood Village, CO, has journeyed to Kenya, raising unknown thousands of dollars, engaging groups of people in projects like building schools and public sewers to working on HIV and AIDS. “Age is only a number,” declared octogenarian Ann, as she recently distributed malaria nets, condoms, family water filters, and de-worming medicine in the heart of Africa. Called “Mom” by countless Kenyans, the Center honored her at the annual “Spring is A Time For HOPE” brunch at the University of Denver on April 12, 2014. An avid skier, she often can be found on the Rocky Mountain snow-covered slopes.
Pam Merrill - 2012 Hero of the Year
Pam Merrill, Westminster, CO, was named the 2012 “Hero of the Year” by the Center's Board of Directors. She was honored for her extraordinary humanitarian service at the “Spring is a Time for HOPE” brunch at the University of Denver on Saturday, April 13, 2013.
“Pam has left an indelible mark on the lives of countless of the most impoverished women and children of India,” says Executive Director, Donald E. Messer. “In her nine self-financed trips to India, she has developed close personal relationships with persons who are the most marginalized in the world due to a combination of caste, gender, and HIV.”
As a result of these experiences she had led the Center to 1) create a care and support program for 28 HIV-positive women, 2) provide backpacks for 350 elementary Dalit school children, 3) initiate alternative income generating projects for HIV-positive women and homosexual men, 4) support tutors for 400 Dalit girls, 5) help five girls go on to college, and 6) repair mud and thatched huts damaged by monsoons. “Wherever I go,” reports Messer, “people stream out of their mud huts with pictures of Pam, expressing their gratitude for the help, health, and hope she has initiated.” Merrill believes that “education is truly the path out of poverty,” and her relentless advocacy and generous support has transformed life for the poorest of the poor. It costs about $15,000 a year for these programs—do you want to help our hero? Click here to learn more about the programs Pam has made possible.
Jay Patterson - 2011 Hero of the Year
In the 2011, Jay Patterson was named “Hero of the Year” by the Center’s Board of Directors. After neck surgery,
she rode 2,000 miles and hosted a “Swinging at AIDS” golf event in Kanas to raise $10,000 to benefit the Center’s free clinic for Women and Children with AIDS in rural India. Since visiting India, she has been untiring in her efforts for the “Friends of Namakkal,” seeking to alleviate AIDS among India’s most impoverished. She was greeted with fire trucks and balloons when she rode into her hometown of LaVeta, Colorado.