US Doctors for Africa to Hold Gala Benefit at the World Bank

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US Doctors for Africa will host a Gala Benefit at the World Bank Headquarters on April 6, 2006. The Master of Ceremonies for the event is Anchor Mike Walter from "This Morning" on WUSA 9 News. The event will feature a live musical performance by Creation, a group of teen musicians who use their talents to spread their message of peace and tolerance, and recently raised money to build a school in Africa. Creation has performed with legendary musician Clarence Clemons and received a commendation letter for their humanitarian efforts from President Bill Clinton. In addition, students from the Howard University Dance Department will perform a traditional African dance piece. Expected distinguished guests include Steven Segal, Jeffrey Wright, Terri J. Vaughn, the Ambassadors of Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan, members of congress Maxine Waters, Diane Watson and Chaka Fattah and Lt. Governor of Maryland, Honorable Michael S. Steele.

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are lending their support to US Doctors for Africa for the upcoming Gala Benefit and silent auction taking place at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. on April 6, 2006 from 6:30 – 9:30P.M. The Master of Ceremonies for the event is Anchor Mike Walter from “This Morning” on WUSA 9 News. US Doctors for Africa is dedicated to uniting the African and American medical communities in the fight against HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases.

The event will feature a live musical performance by Creation, a group of teen musicians who use their talents to spread their message of peace and tolerance, and recently raised money to build a school in Africa. Creation has performed with legendary musician Clarence Clemons and received a commendation letter for their humanitarian efforts from President Bill Clinton. In addition, students from the Howard University Dance Department will perform a traditional African dance piece. Expected distinguished guests include Steven Segal, Jeffrey Wright, Terri J. Vaughn, Ambassadors of Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan, members of congress Maxine Waters, Diane Watson and Chaka Fattah, and Lt. Governor of Maryland, Honorable Michael S. Steele. Tickets to the event are $300 each. The event will feature wine tasting hosted by Stone Garden Vineyards, a silent auction, hosted cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.

Date:    

April 6, 2006

Location:        

World Bank, 1818 H Street NW, Washington D.C.

Time:            

6:30 – 9:30 P.M.

Silent AuctionFeaturing:    

  • Loose Gemesis Cultured Diamond™ Vivid Orange
  • 6 day / night South African Photographic Safari for two
  • 5 day / night VIP Hollywood Getaway
  • 5 day / night Five Diamond Golf & Spa Resort Package

To purchase tickets online, log onto http://www.usdoctorsforafrica.org/gala2006/. To register after April 3rd, please call (310) 621 3279.

All medical professionals interested in volunteering for a US Doctors for Africa mission can register at http://www.usdfa.org/volunteersignup.htm. Or, help send a doctor to work in Africa, by making a donation at http://www.usdoctorsforafrica.org/donate.htm.

About US Doctors for Africa

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to assist the people of Africa in the ongoing fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other communicable diseases. USDFA deploys multi-disciplinary teams of healthcare professionals, medical supplies, medication and advanced health care technology to regions in sub-Saharan Africa most affected by disease. USDFA's strategic plan includes establishing and monitoring a complex database with state-of-the-art software which will track disease infection rate and patient treatment and interface with partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and health care institutions in order to create an alliance among organizations and nations in the fight against HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.

About the AIDS Epidemic in Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, every ten seconds a person contracts HIV and every twelve seconds another dies from AIDS. The epidemic continues to intensify in Southern Africa. In Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, HIV infection levels among pregnant women are 20 percent or higher. In Botswana and Swaziland, infection levels are around 30 percent. South Africa's epidemic, one of the largest in the world, shows no signs of relenting. In neighboring Mozambique, HIV infection levels are rising at an alarming rate.

US Press Contact:

Kevin Walsh

US Doctors for Africa

Phone: 310 384 6244

Disclaimer

US Doctors for Africa is not responsible or liable for any copies or modifications to this Press Release made by other parties. In addition, this press release may contain information about third parties. Although the information is believed to be reliable, USDFA does not guarantee the timeliness, accuracy or suitability of such information in any way and anyone who acts on the information does so entirely at their own risk.

For more information about US Doctors for Africa, please visit http://www.usdfa.org.

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