#HITS2020 was a success!
We hosted our 20th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Gala on Saturday February 8th, 2020 and were able to raise over $300K to support our organizational work!
Jay Ellis welcomed the crowd along with Senator Holly Mitchell.
Star power included Brian Michael Smith, Damian Raven, Syh Black, Lynn Wactor, Sophia Bush, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Kalen Allen, Jussie Smollett, Skye P. Marshall, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Vanessa Williams, Sheryl Lee Ralph with honorees Karamo, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Laith Ashley De La Cruz, Dr. Keith R. Green, Ronald Henderson and Dr. Eugene McCray.
Entertainment was provided by actress/singer Tracie Thoms, Ozie Cargill, Risqué, and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.
Founded in 1999, BAI is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. BAI's mission is to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing traditional Black Leaders, Institutions, and individuals in efforts to confront HIV/AIDS. BAI disseminates information, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance and capacity building, advocates for sound, inclusive, culturally responsive public & private sector health policies, delivers high quality comprehensive local primary care and treatment in Los Angeles, and provides advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.
Our motto is "Our People, Our Problem, Our Solution!"
The Gala has been completely underwritten by corporate sponsors. Every dollar raised from ticket sales and individual donations goes directly to Institute programs—which range from raising HIV/AIDS awareness; to training communities in the science and treatment of HIV; increasing HIV testing; helping to link and retain people living with HIV/AIDS or at risk for infection into care and treatment; and mobilizing leaders, institutions and individuals in efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic