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Sir Elton John honored with AIDS Foundation Houston’s 2013 Humanitarian Award

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Sir Elton John is flanked by Melody Patelis (left, CDO of AIDS Foundation Houston) and Kelly Young (CEO of AIDS Foundation Houston).
Sir Elton John is flanked by Melody Patelis (left, CDO of AIDS Foundation Houston) and Kelly Young (CEO of AIDS Foundation Houston).

Sir Elton John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), was honored by AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) on Thursday, March 28, with the 2013 Humanitarian Award for his twenty-year leadership in helping those living with HIV/AIDS and his commitment to an AIDS-free future.

Over the past twenty years EJAF has raised over $300 million to create an AIDS-free future through science, support, and, most of all, compassion.

“It takes an extraordinary philanthropist to support programs like our prison initiatives,” said Kelly Young, CEO of AIDS Foundation Houston. “EJAF identifies the most vulnerable populations and supports organizations with the best outcomes.

“AFH is honored that our Wall Talk–Prison Peer Education Program meets the high standards needed to secure EJAF support,” continued Young.

To commemorate the occasion, Young presented John with local artwork by Houston artist Laura Lark, courtesy of Devin Borden, before Sir Elton’s Houston show at the Toyota Center.

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