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35thAnnual Radiant Health Centers Gala Raised $182,000

Gala proceeds go directly to providing specialized, stigma-free medical and social services for the LGBTQ+ community

Community champions and business leaders came together virtually to attend Radiant Health Centers’ 35th annual gala on February 6. Through the event, Radiant Health Centers, which offers free HIV testing, LGBTQ+ specialized medical care and comprehensive social services to Orange County, raised $182,000. Funds will help the organization continue providing critically needed services throughout the pandemic and beyond, including at-home and drive-up HIV testing, expanded telehealth appointments, family planning services, and social services around housing needs, food insecurities and mental health issues, demand for which has increased by 300% over the last three months.

 

With its Back to the Future theme, Orange County’s most influential advocates and change makers signed on for a fun and engaging digital evening celebrating the past, present and future of Radiant Health Centers. At the center of the gala’s celebration was the presentation of the inaugural Radiant Compassion Award, which honored Jeanne and Gideon Bernstein who launched the #BlazeItForward movement in honor of their son Blaze Bernstein to promote compassion, acceptance and kindness for all.

 

“We are honored and privileged by the outpouring of support from our incredible donors and sponsors, who are such a vital part of our Radiant Health Centers family,” said Philip Yaeger, Radiant Health Centers’ CEO. “They are an inspiration to all of our staff and clients. The community needs Radiant Health Centers now more than ever and we’re grateful to our donors and sponsors for helping us continue serving as a beacon of hope and compassionate care for those most in need.”

 

The gala also featured a celebrity guest appearance by Back to the Future franchise star Lea Thompson, a live performance by musical guests Flashback Heart Attack, and enthusiastic auctioning with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to Radiant Health Centers’ services.

 

The 35th annual Radiant Health Centers gala was generously sponsored by Avita Pharmacy, Union Bank, Gilead, Janssen and Pacific Life.

 

“After 34 years we weren’t going to back down now when the need is greater than ever for our clients,” says Radiant Health Centers’ chief development officer, Susan Caumiant. “We are adamant in doing everything in our power to move forward in support of the more than 7,000 individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Orange County. We also knew that those who are fortunate enough to be able to give at this time will want to give to a cause like ours which provides health care equity for all.”

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Title X funding, such as Radiant Health Centers in California, have been fighting to reduce rates of STIs through providing as many resources and education as possible. Read the full article.

“It’s hard to fathom how a health care provider could test someone for an STI [sexually transmitted infection], have the results either be negative or positive and not provide them with information about the efficacy of condoms in STI protection,” said Philip Yaeger, executive director of Radiant Health Centers, a community provider in Irvine that receives Title X funds. Read the full article.

Radiant Health Centers is proud to announce it has been selected to receive a two-year, $1.97 million grant from the California Department of Public Health to provide rapid anti-retroviral treatment (ART) to individuals who test positive for HIV, at no cost to them.

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