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Ashley Judd raises $1.2 million for youth AIDS charity
Ashley Judd raises $1.2 million for youth AIDS charity
Over 50 percent of all new HIV infections are in people 15 to 24 years old

by Terry Kennedy - SGN Contributing Writer

Ashley Judd, gala host and global ambassador for YouthAIDS, help raised $1.2 million dollars for Youth AIDS on Wednesday, Sept 14. Judd spent her own money, and donates her time and energy to empower woman, families and men with information about HIV/AIDS in third world countries.

Judd, with the help from a group of empowering individuals, joined together to make the gala possible; people like gala chairs Ted & Lynn Leonsis. Ted Leonsis is the Vice Chair of America Online, Inc. Honorary Chairman Jack Valenti, currently leads efforts to increase U.S. leadership in the fight against AIDS. Valenti was also White House special assistant under President Lyndon B Johnson and President and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America for forty years. David Matthews was there plus Tracy Chapman who will be celebrating her twentieth anniversary as a recording artist, Minnie Driver the EnglishActress, Kimberley Locke from American Idol. Ashley's sister Wynonna Judd, National Ambassador for YouthAIDS, performed at the gala. Naomi Judd, Ashley's Mother and music performer of The Judd's attended the gala. YouthAIDS founder Kate Roberts was there greeting and thanking the attendies.

YouthAIDS 2005 Achievement Award was given to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for speaking out for support to end apartheid in South Africa and is lending his voice to help people with AIDS in Africa. Senator Richard (R-IN) Lugar recieved award for examined many subjects related to HIV/AIDS. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) who offer the next YouthAIDS Gala to be in New Orleans next year, has been a strong advocates for domestic and international adoption including children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) attended the event with her daugther, Nicole Boxer. Sen. Boxer said "She strongly support YouthAIDS."

Other performers and activist attended the YouthAIDS 2005 Gala, because they are concerned that worldwide, over 50 percent of all new HIV infections are in people 15 to 24 years old. However, young people make up only about 30 percent of the world's population. In every minute, six young people between ages 10 - 25 are infected with HIV. And more than 70% of these are from Africa.

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