The 25th Red Ribbon Ball on the 31st anniversary of the Southern Colorado AIDS Project was a night to celebrate heroes.
"You are all heroes as you are here supporting the mission of the Colorado Health Network and SCAP," said Chris Robertson, regional director of Southern Colorado Health Network, and Darrell Vigil, CEO of Colorado Health Network.
Flanked by sections of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt, seven special "Be a Hero" honorees were saluted for "supporting the mission of the Colorado Health Network and Southern Colorado AIDS Project:"
Martha Barton, Pikes Peak Hospice, comfort and care for those dying from AIDS. Helped develop hospice standards for AIDS care nationwide.
Gene Brink, volunteer at the SCAP front desk for more than two decades.
Vicki Dimond, advocate for those with HIV-AIDS for more than 25 years, coordinates media coverage for SCAP events, on the founding board of the Comprehensive Care Center. She offered a personal, moving Red Ribbon Ball tribute as the traditional empty chair was spotlighted to remember those lost to HIV/AIDS.
Pam McManus, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, helped launch the first Southern Colorado collaborative clinic for HIV/AIDS.
Cleveland Morris, SCAP Client Advisory Boardand SCAP volunteer.
Cathy Robbins, provided nonprofit education and training to
SCAP and connection to resources.
Greg Varner, SCAP board member and volunteer for 25 years, also hosts an AIDS Walk team and organizes events.
After dinner and an auction, emcee Craig Eliot rallied the 330 guests to "celebrate the strides that have been made toward eradicating HIV and AIDS" by taking to the dance floor as DJ Dr. Samuel Piedad spun dance favorites.