This year’s event will include keynote speaker, Verneda White of Human Intonation. In 2008, White founded the company, which creates graphic tees and donates 20% of its profits to charities to raise awareness. Her passion for HIV/AIDS prevention stems from the loss of her cousin to complications from AIDS. Additionally, she has created several roundtable discussions over the past two years in New York City regarding the importance of prevention and HIV/AIDS awareness. “The mission of Human Intonation uses fashion as a platform to start the conversation around issues such as HIV/AIDS in a way that fosters candid self-reflection and change. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to bring this message to my hometown of Rochester,” says White.
The Vineyard served as the location for the event several years ago and is part of the Greater Rochester Urban Bounty (GRUB), and urban agricultural initiative that is administered by the North East Block Club Alliance (NEBCA) as part of The Peace Center for Youth and Family Advancement. The Vineyard is named after the grapevines on the 2.6 acre property, but the goal is to make healthy, chemical-free, inexpensive, and culturally appropriate food available to city residents. In addition to offering this fresh local produce to encourage women to make healthy eating choices, event highlights will include lunch and refreshments, guest presenters, entertainment, pampering, socializing, vendors, health information, and screenings. Confidential HIV counseling and testing will be offered by AIDS Care.
A Call to Women of Color Social Gathering is organized by women of color for women of color. This event is free, however space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please R.S.V.P. by contacting Sady Fischer, Associate Director of Minority Health Initiatives, at: (585) 210-4189 or sfischer@acRochester.org
For additional media information, contact Stacey Rowe, associate director of marketing at (585) 210-4217
ABOUT HUMAN INTONATION: Inspired by Verneda White’s personal family experience during Hurricane Katrina and the loss of her 22 year old cousin, James Wesley White, Jr. to AIDS, HUMAN INTONATION is the premium, unisex apparel brand dedicated to raising social awareness while giving 20% of the proceeds from each sale to growing non-profit organizations addressing youth & minority HIV/AIDS prevention, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, education for children in Darfur, and most recently relief for Haiti. This is the NEW Purpose of Fashion http://www.humanintonation.com/