amfAR SUPPORTER SINCE 2001
A generous benefactor of amfAR’s
international research and prevention programs, the M•A•C AIDS Fund has
supported the MSM Initiative and Women’s Initiative on Sexual Health. As a
strong advocate for syringe access and federal funding of syringe exchange programs
(SEPs), the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund currently supports amfAR’s work to strengthen
federal policies around SEP funding and advocacy efforts to advise government
agencies on the guidance given to local health departments and organizations on
their use of federal SEP funds.
M•A•C Cosmetics and the M∙A∙C AIDS
Fund have supported many of amfAR’s fundraising events both internationally and
domestically. In addition to supporting the events with sponsorships, M•A•C
Cosmetics and the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund have brought many of their celebrity
spokespeople to either attend or perform at amfAR events including Dita Von
Teese, Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Ricky Martin, Sir Elton John, Mary J. Blige,
Fergie, and Deborah Harry.
In 2007, amfAR honored M•A•C AIDS
Fund Chairman John Demsey at the New York Gala with amfAR’s Award of Courage
for playing a vital role in increasing AIDS awareness and accelerating the pace
of HIV/AIDS research.
Mr. Demsey was honored again at the
2012 Inspiration Gala São Paulo in recognition of his extraordinary vision and
leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Under Mr. Demsey’s leadership, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has raised more than
$236 million to help improve the lives of men, women, and children affected by
HIV/AIDS globally, and in turn has funded countless amfAR initiatives.
M•A•C Viva Glam generously sponsored
all Inspiration Gala events in 2012 as Title Sponsor.
Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President,
M∙A∙C Cosmetics; Executive Director, M∙A∙C AIDS Fund:
“The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund is privileged
to support amfAR’s policy and advocacy efforts around syringe access as a
critical piece of prevention efforts in HIV/AIDS in this country. Through
the tireless work of amfAR and other groups working to overturn the ban on the
use of federal funds to support syringe exchange programs (SEPs), we have now
end to the federal ban. We now support amfAR and other
partners in the field of syringe access in the work ahead to ensure that
critical funding becomes available to programs and cities operating syringe
exchange programs and helping to stop the spread of HIV infection through
intravenous drug use.”