SAT, FEB 16
Tucson Jewish Community Center
3800 E River Rd
Hosted by Tucson’s very own, the fabulous Tempest DuJour
The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is pleased to be able to host the 2nd Annual Out Brunch as a way to bring together the community to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride and to honor leaders who are doing exceptional work for the LGBTQ+ community in Southern Arizona. This engaging community event provides a time to reflect on the great steps that have been taken not only by SAAF, but by the community at large, to build and support the LGBTQ+ community. Out Brunch raises awareness and funds to support the LGBTQ+ initiatives, programs, and services of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.
SAAF Announces the 2019 Out Brunch Awardees
The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is proud to announce the honorees for the 2019 Out Brunch awards. Out Brunch provides recognition for specific individuals who help further the work of the LGBTQ+ community in Tucson. The awards honor one volunteer, one community innovator, and one LGBTQ+ ally, each who have gone above and beyond with their exceptional work. On February 16, 2019, we have the privilege of honoring the following three individuals:
Steve Hall Award: Robert Bell
Robert Bell exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism in the LGBTQ+ community. With a decade of service at Eon, a program for LGBTQ+ youth, and almost as many years serving with Southern Arizona Senior Pride, Bell continues to dedicate hours upon hours of his time to LGBTQ+ focused programing. In addition, Bell has also served with the Pima Council on Aging, on their board and volunteering with Project Visibility, and he continues to work with the LGBT&S Alliance Fund.
Godat Award: Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah
Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah has been nothing but an outstanding asset to the LGBTQ+ community since he moved to Tucson. As a health care provider, Dr. Grivois-Shah focuses on expanding health care access for LGBTQ+ individuals and provides critical knowledge and compassion in his work. Dr. Grivois-Shah was also a leader and advocate in the process of banning conversion therapy of LGBTQ+ youth in Pima County. He was an integral force in making this Arizona’s first ever ban on conversion therapy.
Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally Award: Naomi Cramer
Naomi Cramer continues to prove herself an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and embodies the spirit of the Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally Award through her work at Banner Health. Cramer has led positive changes on a large scale inside the Banner organization in order to better serve and respect the LGBTQ+ community. Her work includes spearheading mandatory LGBTQ+ inclusive health care trainings for over 850 clinic and call center staff, as well as making sure all intake forms were updated to include a variety of fields including chosen name. Cramer continues to advocate for and promote LGBTQ+ positive improvements for the Banner Health system and Arizona.
We hope you will join us in saying thank you to these incredible leaders and highlighting their contributions in the local LGBTQ+ community. In addition, please consider attending Out Brunch, hosted by Tucson’s most fabulous Mistress of Ceremonies, Tempest DuJour, on Saturday, February 16th, 2019. Festivities will be held at the Jewish Community Center starting at 11am. You can find further information about the event or buy tickets at www.outbrunchaz.org.
About the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF)
The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) formed in 1997 as the result of a merger of three Tucson- based AIDS service organizations. In November 2014, SAAF acquired Wingspan, Southern Arizona’s LGBT Community Center. SAAF’s mission is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action. Collectively, through its predecessor agencies, SAAF has served the community for more than 30 years by providing services to enhance the health and quality of life for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and to assist people in preventing HIV, Substance Abuse, Hepatitis C, and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). SAAF continually works to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community, and focuses on evidence-based prevention programs to reach at-risk populations.