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posted Friday, December 14, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 50
POCAAN'S 3rd annual gala raises $16,000
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POCAAN'S 3rd annual gala raises $16,000

by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

It is always a delight to get all dressed up (and wear a mask) for a great cause and honor people who have left a mark on the community. That certainly was the case at POCAAN's Black and Gold Masquerade Gala, held last Saturday (December 8th) at the Northwest African American Museum.

Executive Director, Steven Sawyer was all decked out wearing a gold jacket and other notables were spotted that included Mike Evans (Seattle Black Pride), Jason Plourde (The AMP) and Fred Swanson (Gay City).

Hosted by Ladie Chablis, the event began with a red carpet cocktail reception, followed by a buffet dinner, drinks, and live musical guests. This year's event featured performances by Shelby and Latin Rose as well as a live-auction led by auctioneer, Laura Michalek.

The event honored both current and former pioneers by recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to empower communities on the margin by fighting for health and socio-economic equity.

Each year POCAAN nominates people and organizations from a wide range of backgrounds including the LGBTQ, African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian American communities.

This year POCAAN honored the following individuals:

o Outstanding Agency Support Award went to Miss Bridgette Washington (Withstyle Catering)

o Political Advocate Award went to Judge Wesley Saint Clair (40 years in the justice system)

o Community Exchange Resources Award went to Gerald Bradford (Employment Councilor)

o Equity Award for Advocacy went to Charles Gooding (Peer/Outreach Specialist) and Nature Carter-Gooding (YWCA Seattle King Snohomish)

o Community Partnership Award went to Russell Campbell (Legacy Project/Fred Hutch)

o Community Engagement Award went to Dominique Stephens (Activist)

Dr. Steven Wakefield from HIV Vaccine Trial Network was the Keynote Speaker and he encouraged the crowd to go home and have sex.

The total amount raised at the gala dinner and auction was $16,000 which will assist POCAAN in furthering their mission to embrace and mobilize communities of color by providing the necessary tools to promote personal responsibility for one's health and holistic well-being.

For more information about the important work that POCAAN does not only in supporting people with HIV/AIDS and in their AIDS prevention work, but also in their work supporting at-risk youth and individuals who are re-entering the day-to-day world after having been in jail or prison, visit www.pocaan.org.

MK Scott is a Seattle-based political and arts writer. Check out his site at uniteseattlemag.com

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