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Baltimore Fishbowl: Marking its 35th anniversary, AIDS Action Baltimore will honor John Waters, Pat Moran, four others

August 04, 2022 | Ed Gunts

Carla Alexander, MD, FAAHPM

John Waters has received numerous awards for filmmaking. Next month, he’ll be honored for his philanthropy.

AIDS Action Baltimore will pay tribute to Waters, his friend and film industry colleague Pat Moran, and four others during its 35th Anniversary Commemoration next month at The Belvedere.


Other honorees include:

Richard Chaisson, professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and principal investigator of the Hopkins Center for AIDS Research;

Carla Alexander, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute of Human Virology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care, and an internationally-recognized expert for those living with HIV;

Debbie Rock, a disco singer-turned-HIV activist who is the founding CEO of LIGHT Health & Wellness, a non-profit that provides a range of services for children, families and individuals in Baltimore affected by poverty, addiction, mental illness, HIV/AIDs and other chronic illnesses, including day and respite care for children with HIV/AIDS; and

Carlton Smith, a community health worker with the State of Maryland, founder of the Center for Black Equity, and chair of the Ryan White Planning Council, which provides medical care and support services for people with HIV in Baltimore.

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Vanessa McMains
Director of Media & Public Affairs
Institute of Human Virology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

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