On December 1st, Urbana hosted Kimpton’s Red Hot Night, a company-wide event recognizing World AIDS Day. For the Washington event, all proceeds benefited the Whitman-Walker Clinic.
DC’s Style Au Courant Paul Wharton emceed the night to a packed room, sharing touching stories and provided a sense of immediacy and importance to the AIDS epidemic.
“We are very pleased to have Paul join us for World AIDS Day,” said Don Blanchon, executive director of Whitman-Walker Clinic. “Paul has been a fixture of the DC community for several years. We are excited to have his energy and enthusiasm on this special occasion.”
It is estimated that one out of every 20 District residents is living with HIV or AIDS, one of the nation’s highest HIV/AIDS rates. Just before the event, a candlelight vigil intended to remember those who have died of the disease, as well as those still suffering from its effects was held at Dupont Circle.
Whitman Walker Clinic’s mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care.