In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) launched  the Global Citizen Award to recognize those who have committed themselves to creating an AIDS-free generation. Atherton resident Marty Arscott, GAIA Trustee and Chair, along with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, were the first to receive the award, presented earlier this month.

In her acceptance speech Marty remarked: “I yearn to reach beyond this very comfortable life and help people. What motivates me is the caring mission and the impact GAIA is having, serving hundreds of thousands each year. The groundwork is being laid to roll out replicable programs which will be pivotal to halting AIDS and bringing related healthcare to what we call the far end of the road. You are honoring me tonight, but I am the one grateful for this organization that gives all of us a chance to make a real difference where it is so desperately needed and to do so with compassion, integrity and care.”

Marty (right in photo) visited GAIA’s programs in Malawi along with long-time friend and GAIA supporter, Shirley Hagey (left in photo). The Menlo Park resident was on hand at the event to present Marty with the award.

The 15th anniversary event raised more than $440,000 for much needed healthcare services in Malawi, the poorest nation on earth, where GAIA works and one in six adults is HIV positive.

Photo by Sean Nolan

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