Gathered last night at the beautiful Angel Orensanz, the Visual AIDS community came together to honor the Founders of Visual AIDS, activist Ann Northrop, and designer Mondo Guerra for their ongoing work to end the AIDS crisis.

Upon accepting her award Northrop quipped, “I like to think I have a real talent of being at the right place at the right time.” She went on to say that one of the secrets of activism is that it is easier than it looks. After her arrest, as part of the infamous ACT UP, "Stop The Church" action, she made it home for that Sunday’s football game.

Guerra dedicated his award to his mother, who he says deserves the award for how supportive she has been of him. During his speech he told the audience about his decision to disclose his HIV status on Project Runway, crediting his grandmother, Betty, for giving him the strength to share.

Speaking on behalf of fellow Visual AIDS founders - Robert Atkins, Gary Garrels, the late William Olander and Patrick O’Connell - Thomas Sokolowski conjured the climate of the New York art world in the late 80s, as the market crashed and the AIDS crisis grew, he reminded those gathered that many in the art world declared “Now that we can’t make money off selling art, lets show art that matters!”

After the honoree remarks the evening’s host—talented actor and playwright Colman Domingo— introduced sensational performers Molly Pope and Raven O, who each put on an enchanting set.

Afterwards the Angel Orensanz buzzed with conversation as drinks, sponsored by Ketel One, and food catered by Don Joint, were enjoyed.

On the main floor, the silent auction curated by Richard Renaldi was hopping with bidding wars, while upstairs guests were posing with friends at the Photomatonchic photo booth.

To see more photos from the Photomatonchic photo booth event go to: PHOTOMATONCHIC at VAVA!
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On behalf of the Visual AIDS staff and board
thank you to everyone
who attended, supported and volunteered at this year's VAVA!