The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and Macy’s have a long history of partnership in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Elizabeth Taylor was Founding Chair of Macy’s Passport Glamorama, an awareness-raising fashion show and gala event which began in 1982 and continued for thirty years. Since the onset of the AIDS pandemic, Macy’s has stood with top designers and community organizations to raise millions of dollars as well as invaluable HIV/AIDS awareness.
“To recognize Macy’s for their ongoing support for The Elizabeth AIDS Foundation, our cause, and our founder,” said ETAF’s Managing Director, Joel Goldman, “ETAF will present the company with the first annual outstanding partner award—The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Dr. Michael Gottlieb Award.” The award is named after Elizabeth Taylor’s first partner in the fight against AIDS, Dr. Michael Gottlieb. In 1985, Dr. Mathilde Krim joined the two to co-found amfAR, after the passing of Elizabeth Taylor’s dear friend and Dr. Gottlieb’s patient, actor Rock Hudson.
The Wall Las Memorias Project, a community health and wellness organization dedicated to serving Latino, LGBT and other underserved populations and past Fashion Pass grant recipient shared their testimonial about the impact these funds have on their community. “For nearly 23 years, we have worked to help eradicate stigma, bigotry and create a safer place in the Latino community of Los Angeles for dialogue around HIV prevention and awareness. As a prominent community grassroots organization, The Wall Las Memorias Project is honored to have partnered with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and Macy’s to provide valuable resources to help end new HIV infections in our community. It is through partnerships like those, that our community is able to rise above social injustices and improve the health and wellness of its people.”
The organizations across the country receiving 2016 Fashion Pass grants will be awarded before the end of the year.