CELEBRATING HOPE  | AIDS Outreach Center of Tarrant County recently held its annual “Evening of Hope” fundraiser at the Colonial Country Club. The evening included a VIP reception with honorary co-chairs state Sen. Wendy Davis and interior designer G. Bradley Alford, keynote speaker Dave Purdy, the founder and president of the World AIDS Institute in Washington, D.C., host and “NBC 5 Today” anchor Scott Friedman and event co-chairs Rebecca Turner and Greg Leatherwood. Awards presented during the evening were the Individual Award of Inspiration that went to life partners Michael Williams and Richard Michael; the Foundation Award of Inspiration that went to the Amon G. Carter Foundation, and the Corporate Award of Inspiration that went to XTO Energy. Local photographer B.J. Lacasse won the raffle for the 1-carat diamond solitaire donated by Kubes Jewelers. Pictures are, above left, left to right, AOC Executive Director Allan Gould Jr., G. Bradley Alford, David Purdy, Sen. Wendy Davis and AOC Board President Michael Cinatl; and pictured above right, left to right, are Scott Friedman, Mike Williams and Allan Gould.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 20, 2010.