On Saturday, July 20 Community Research Initiative, a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to HIV and Hepatitis C clinical research, treatment education, and financial assistance for approved drug treatments and health insurance coverage, hosted it’s 10th Annual Summer Party at the iconic Red Inn, Provincetown. This year’s record breaking event, which raised over $75,000 for CRI’s lifesaving research, brought together supporters, clients, providers, organization donors, and celebrity host Omar Sharif, Jr., actor, activist, and GLAAD national spokesperson for an exciting brunch and silent art auction.
This event was made possible by over 250 guests, many sponsors, and very generous artists who donated their beautiful works to the event.
The local artists and art auction donors included LaForce Bailey, Genelle Bishop, Jen Bradley, Lucy Cobos, Joe Fiorello, Paul Davis Jones, Deborah Kerr, Chris McCarthy, Johniene Papandreas, Adam Peck, Provincetown Art Association & Museum Evette Ramirez, and Jen Rumpza.
Sponsors and benefactors were The Red Inn, Online Buddies/MANHUNT, Eastern Bank, Justice Resource Institute, Scott Allegretti, DDS, Victor’s Provincetown, Beachfront Realty/Jon Goode & Bill Farmer, Dickinson Lab, 5 Star Travel Services, Brian Farley & Ron Alose, Crane McCune & Ron Chapman, Donald Vaughn, Ann Webster, Gary Reinhardt, John Spencer, Julie Goodrich, Ken Lima & Mark Sacco, Kenneth Freed & Company/Freed Investment Group, Larry Hyer, Richard Bankhead.
The goal of the event was to build awareness and raise critical funds in support of Community Research Initiative’s lifesaving work. For almost 25 years, CRI has been dedicated to leading the way in HIV/AIDS and now Hepatitis C clinical research, and ensuring access to lifesaving medications and health insurance coverage for those in need.
Community Research Initiative (CRI) has produced critical research and drug testing data that have contributed to the FDA approval of nearly all of the currently available HIV treatments. What CRI discovers from its advanced clinical research has the potential to help people all over the world who are living with HIV/AIDS.
Omar Shariff Jr. & Rick McCarthy