October 3, 2009

October 3, 2009
Janet Jackson Helps amfAR

Thanks for stopping by on this great sunny day in north Florida to see what is going on in my life.

It is a relaxing day back home in north Florida was a couple of days. I have a ton to get caught up before I head out again to the DC area. So today I went to run a few errands like grocery shopping, apartment looking with Gary, working out and more of the usual.

It is football season again and I have my favorite teams both college and pro that I like to watch when I have some free time... which is all to rare. There is just something about fall. Whether it is football, changing of the leaves or the first snap in the air when you realize it is not summer anymore; that I just love about this time of year.

Did you hear about Janet Jackson helping out people with HIV and AIDS? Yepper. Ms. Jackson may be nasty but she has a soft heart.

Pop superstar Janet Jackson hosted an auction at an amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, charity dinner, which raised $1.1 million for the organization, The Associated Press reports. Guests paid between $2,200 and $11,500 apiece to attend.

“When this terrible pandemic began, everyone…who was infected died of AIDS,” Jackson said. “Today with your help millions of people are living with HIV.”

One of the most notable items sold at the auction was a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti-designed boots covered in 3,000 multicolored Swarovski beads, which Janet’s late brother, Michael, planned to wear on his comeback tour.

With Milan Fashion Week also in session, the occasion drew fashion industry luminaries such as Donatella Versace and model Linda Evangelista, as well as rapper and producer Kayne West.

The affair was held just days after research showed a two-vaccine combination tested in Thailand could cut the risk of being infected with HIV by one third. “That, my friends is the power of research,” said amfAR CEO Kevin Frost. “So believe me when I tell you, there is a way out. We believe, with the right investment, we can bring this epidemic to an end in our lifetime.”

She made a difference. What about you? You can help change the world. Whether it is for people with HIV and AIDS, animals, the environment... get out there and make a difference while meeting great people with the same goal.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab