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The 36th Annual Radiant Health Centers’ Gala in support of LGBTQ+ health equity and HIV care in Orange County is fast approaching. With a date set for January 29, 2022, the event will once again honor the recipients of the Radiant Compassion Award. This year will see two recipients of the award, Alison Arngrim and Tony Morrison, recognizing their inspirational and courageous work in the LGBTQ+ community.

Giving Recognition to Activism and Advocacy in the LGTBQ+ Community

As the Radiant Compassion Award enters its second year, the gala will provide an opportunity to thank and honor Alison for her work, activism and advocacy in spotlighting the LGBTQ+ community and Tony for using his story to inspire change as a journalist and combat HIV stigma. Both individuals have different backgrounds and journeys, but their contributions have stood out to the Orange County community and the wider world.

Alison Arngrim, HIV/AIDS Advocate

While many will know Alison for her many acting roles and as a New York Times best-selling author, her history of advocacy dates back many decades. The death of her “Little House On The Prairie” co-star Steve Tracy, from complications related to HIV/AIDS, inspired her to become an AIDS Project Los Angeles volunteer. Alison continued her service and advocacy by working on hotlines, volunteering in food banks, providing education and fundraising support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

In her current role as President, National Spokesperson and Founding Board Member of The National Association to Protect Children, Alison advocates for children in the fight against child abuse and the goal of improving child protection laws.

Tony Morrison, Living With HIV

Also being honored at the 36th Annual Radiant Health Centers’ Gala is two-time Emmy Award winning news producer Tony Morrison. Tony has worked extensively in the entertainment industry for the Walt Disney Company and as a producer for “Good Morning America.” In August, Tony detailed his experience living with HIV in secret for the last eight years in an essay for GoodMorningAmerica.com.

Tony’s story gained global attention and, through the power of his writing, helped many people gain a better understanding of the experience of living with HIV. The moving and poignant essay led to Tony being named Plus Magazine’s Person of the Year for demonstrating, through his personal journey, that HIV doesn’t have to be a barrier to success or a fulfilling life.

Looking Back to the First Radiant Compassion Award

As honorees at the upcoming gala, Alison Arngrim and Tony Morrison will join the inaugural recipients, Gideon and Jeanne Bernstein. Following the tragic murder of their son, Blaze Bernstein, the parents from Orange County started the Blaze It Forward campaign to encourage acts of kindness. As a result of their good work, the Orange County Pride parade in 2019 was renamed the Blaze It Forward OC Pride LGBT Parade.

Help and Support for the LGBTQ+ Community in Orange County

Radiant Health Centers has been providing support to people living with HIV for more than three decades. We also deliver healthcare and social services to the LGBTQ+ community in Orange County. For more information on our care and support, call (949) 809-5700 or contact us online.

Subaru Share the Love Event in Irvine.

Radiant Health Centers has been announced as one of the charitable partners in the 14th annual Subaru Share the Love® Event. As the leading LGBTQ+ medical clinic in Irvine, Radiant Health Centers will join Meals on Wheels America and Subaru of America, Inc. to provide nutritious meals for those most in need in Orange County.

Radiant Health Centers Participating in the 2021 Subaru Share the Love Event

Meals on Wheels America is one of four charitable partners chosen to be part of the event taking place between November 18, 2021 and January 3, 2022. As a member of Meals on Wheels America, Radiant Health Centers will join the Share the Love Event to raise awareness and increase donations.

A Share of Donations Benefits the LGBTQ+ Community

Over the course of the event, customers who purchase or lease a new Subaru vehicle can nominate a participating charity. Subaru of America will then donate $250 to the chosen charity in order to provide meals and other services in the local community. Donations made to Meals on Wheels America will be dispersed among their designated charities across each state. As a partner, Radiant Health Centers will receive a share of donations for vital meal deliveries to vulnerable people who may be isolated, struggling with medical conditions and facing food insecurity.

What Is the Subaru Share the Love Event?

For the past 14 years, the Subaru Share the Love Event has distributed more than $200 million to charities across the United States. This total is anticipated to increase to $225 million in the coming months, as this fundraising effort continues to grow each year. As a charitable partner, Meals on Wheels America has been able to deliver 2.5 million meals thanks to the donations made by Subaru customers. Along with much-needed nourishment, the Meals on Wheels’ volunteer visits provide companionship for vulnerable people who often are isolated.

How You Can Help Support Those in Need Through Meals on Wheels

Donations made to Meals on Wheels America will help Radiant Health Centers’ ongoing efforts to provide important health and social services to people living with HIV who frequently struggle to receive basic and necessary nutritional support. Through the delivery of balanced and nutritious meals, a fundamental requirement for good health is fulfilled.

To support the 2021 Subaru Share the Love Event, you can raise awareness among individuals shopping for new vehicles. If you are considering leasing or buying a Subaru vehicle, we hope you’ll select Meals on Wheels America as your chosen charity to receive a $250 donation benefiting various social service entities, including Radiant Health Centers.

Help and Treatment for the LGBTQ+ Community in Orange County

Radiant Health Centers provides HIV care and testing, social services, STI testing, counseling and a range of other services including housing and a food pantry for Orange County’s LGBTQ+ community. If you would like to know more about how you can help, call (949) 809-5700 or contact us online.