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Crowd of 500 turns out for Lifelong AIDS Alliance Breakfast
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Crowd of 500 turns out for Lifelong AIDS Alliance Breakfast

Crowd of 500 turns out for Lifelong AIDS Alliance Breakfast by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On the morning of March 9, about 500 Seattleites attended the Lifelong AIDS Alliance "Caring for Our Community" Breakfast. The early-morning meal served mainly as a fundraiser, but also ended up becoming an enriching and educational community event for all in attendance.

"Don't just be the change you want to see in the world; lead the change you want to see in the world," said Rob McKenna, attorney general of Washington state and the event's keynote speaker.

Among those in attendance were Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who delivered the welcoming speech, and Josh Friedes, newly selected Executive Director of Equal Rights Washington and campaign manager of the Approve Referendum 71 Campaign.

McKenna's speech focused mainly on his history in relation to the AIDS epidemic locally and internationally. Beginning with his experiences as a student when he first learned of the gravity of the subject, he went on to detail the work he has since done, and continues to do, as attorney general.

The Ned Behnke Leadership Award was presented to King Holmes, director of the University of Washington Center for AIDS and STDs. The award was presented by Carl Behnke, brother of Ned Behnke, who lost his life to AIDS. Dr. Holmes gave a detailed history of HIV/AIDS prevention in the Seattle in regards to medicine and research.

David Richart, director of Lifelong AIDS Alliance, detailed the programs of Lifelong and shared multiple emotional stories of his interactions with clients.

"Our clients simply won't survive without us," said David Richart.

Lifelong provides everything from rent money to groceries to its clients, and has programs that reach far beyond simply providing medicine.

The breakfast ended with a fundraising video and a request for support from Maurice James, president of the Board of Directors for Lifelong AIDS Alliance.

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