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May 19, 2006

Our honored guests partake in a spirited ribbon-cutting ceremony with ASC Executive Director/CEO Sharen I. Duke during the dedication ceremony. L to R: Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito (NYC Council, District 8), Councilmember Daniel Garodnick (NYC Council, District 4), Lisa Kaplan (Chief of Staff, Office of Councilmember Rosie Mendez, District 2), Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and Sharen I. Duke.

On April 6, ASC held a cocktail reception honoring Speaker Christine Quinn and the members of the New York City Council's Manhattan Delegation with ASC Hero awards for their commitment to New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Speaker Quinn, who was joined by Council Members Gale Brewer, Daniel Garodnick, and Melissa Mark-Viverito, gave a rousing keynote address at the standing-room-only event.

Before an audience of more than fifty community members and leaders in the field of HIV/AIDS, ASC Executive Director/CEO Sharen Duke dedicated ASC's Training Center to the delegation, unveiling four handsomely etched, inset glass blocks featuring the New York City Council's seal and the names of all of the delegation members.

"We're honored that Speaker Quinn and so many of the Council Members were able to join us for this special occasion," said Duke. "The Council is a steadfast supporter of HIV/AIDS programs around the city, and this event was our way of saying ‘thank you.' Last year, the Manhattan Delegation was instrumental in shepherding through a significant capital allocation in support of ASC's recent program expansion, which allows us to serve more people and to do so in a more accommodating, client-friendly environment."

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