For Immediate Release – Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force announced that it will present North Point Breeze resident Stuart Fisk with the Kerry Stoner Award at its 29th Annual Benefit at J. Verno Studios on Thursday, March 26th, 2015.
The Kerry Stoner Award is presented annually to honor a person who has, through a longtime dedication to Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force’s Annual Benefit, shown commitment to Kerry Stoner’s legacy and vision. Stoner, a tireless HIV/AIDS activist who died of complications from AIDS in 1993, was a founder and the first executive director of PATF.
Fisk has been involved in HIV activism, research, nursing, and prevention since 1988 and has provided hospice, nursing and medical care for persons living with HIV disease since 1992. He helped to develop a number of innovative programs to provide compassionate and state of the art care for these populations, both in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, CA. He was involved in the development and legalization of Prevention Point Pittsburgh, a syringe exchange program providing a broad range of prevention services for injection drug users in the region and in the development of the Positive Health Clinic at Allegheny General Hospital; a Ryan White Care Act funded medical clinic for persons with HIV.
Fisk began working with Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force shortly after his arrival in Pittsburgh in 1996. He began as a volunteer providing training for PATF’s Buddy Program and has continued lending his skill, compassion, dedication to the mission of PATF in the years since. Stuart joined PATF’s board of directors in 2009 and is currently serving as board of directors vice president. He currently is Director of Operations for the Center for Inclusion Health for the Allegheny Health Network and also provides direct care as a nurse practitioner with the Positive Health Clinic at Allegheny General Hospital as well as serving as Board President for Prevention Point Pittsburgh.
This year’s event at J. Verno Studios begins at 6 p.m. with a VIP reception featuring enhanced service and food provided by All in Good Taste Productions with Emmy-nominated chef Bob Sendall. General admission begins at 7:30 p.m. and features hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, the Kerry Stoner award presentation, and a performance by Elite Show Band. VIP tickets are $325 and general admission tickets are $175. Tickets can be purchased at www.patf.org or by calling 412-345-0593.
Proceeds benefit Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, the region’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization. PATF is dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and to be relentless in preventing the spread of infection. PATF is a leader in providing comprehensive support services that improve the health and quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Greene, Fayette, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. For more information visit www.patf.org or call Emma McAfee at 412-345-0593.
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