World AIDS Day Detroit events will take place on Monday December 1st at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit, Michigan 48226, (313-237-7464) from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Events include the Mayors Breakfast, World AIDS Day Symposium open to the public, and a Benefit Concert.
The featured speaker for all three events is Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of Ryan White. Ryan, who was a hemophiliac, is remembered for his courageous fight to return to school after being expelled and then run out of his hometown (Kokomo, Indiana) because of his HIV infection, which he contracted through a contaminated blood transfusion. His inspiring story garnered worldwide attention including superstars Michael Jackson and Elton John, who remained by his side until he died in April 1990. Today, the Ryan White Care Act provides support, medical care and treatment to over a half million people each year.
The Mayors Breakfast brings together Detroit-area mayors and community leaders, HIV/AIDS organizations and medical professionals in the fight against HIV. The breakfast will feature Ms. White-Ginder and a musical tribute to World AIDS Day. Tickets are $75 and available at http://worldaidsdayus.org/
The symposium is open to the public and will include a presentation of the AIDS Quilts, “The Ryan White Story,” and performances from area schools on the main stage of the Detroit Opera House. This is a special opportunity for students to participate in World AIDS Day and learn about the power of children though Ryan’s inspirational story. Schools and students interested in participating or performing should call (313) 757-1733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
World AIDS Day concludes its commemoration with a high-powered benefit concert rocking the stage, featuring six contestants from the Fox television show American Idol; Kimberley Locke, Melinda Doolittle, Ben Briley, Devin Velez, and Detroit’s own sensations Malaya Watson and Keri Lynn Roche. This main event concert will include a tribute to World AIDS Day and a special presentation of the AIDS quilts. Bring a friend and enjoy some cocktails with great live music. $20 general admission tickets and $50 VIP tickets are also available at http://www.ticketmaster.com and the Detroit Opera House box office.