by Clea Kim
The Alliance for Housing and Healing, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to providing housing and food to those who are impoverished and suffering from HIV and AIDS, hosted its annual gala, called A Faire of the Heart, at the Beverly Hills Hotel on April 9. Queer As Folk actor Hal Sparks served as the evening’s master of ceremonies.
The gala honored Oscar-winner Cloris Leachman with the Celebrity Trailblazer Award, recognizing her status as a pioneering woman in the world of television, film, and comedy. Dr. Phillip Musikanth, who has been treating patients with HIV and AIDS for 25 years, received the Alliance Humanitarian Award. And Laurie Hasencamp, Esq. was honored with the Visonary Award, in appreciation for her commitment and service to the HIV-positive and LGBT communities.
“Our honorees have devoted their talents and resources to caring for those who are struggling with poverty, AIDS, and have yet to achieve full equality, and we are delighted to recognize their accomplishments,” said Terry Goddard II, executive director of the Alliance. “As we move closer to a cure for AIDS, we must fight harder for those who are suffering through this epidemic and its devastating effects, including homelessness and hunger.”
Proceeds from A Faire of the Heart went to the charitable programs of Alliance for Housing and Healing, which provide housing and food to those who are suffering with poverty and living with AIDS in Los Angeles.