Mazzoni Center Gala: Metamorphosis 2018

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GENERAL ADMISSION EVENT: 7:30pm to 10:30pm

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Mazzoni Center is pleased to announce its annual celebration and fundraiser, Mazzoni Center Gala, will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at The University of the Arts Dorrance Hamilton Hall in Center City, Philadelphia.
 
The evening will feature a DJ, live music, dancing, a silent auction, and more. 
 
“I am excited about the gala’s theme of Metamorphosis which is appropriate for us not just because this has been a year of change but because change is in the DNA of this organization,” said interim CEO Stephen Glassman, “Since its inception in 1979, Mazzoni Center has constantly changed to meet the needs of the community it serves, evolving from a grassroots, all-volunteer clinic to a nationally recognized leader in LGBTQ health and wellness services, employing 150 people and providing vital services to more than 35,000 individuals each year.”  
 
Proceeds from the event support Mazzoni Center’s continuum of health and wellness services, including a full array of primary health care services, mental and behavioral health services, and LGBTQ legal services, as well as HIV and STI testing, food bank,  housing subsidies for families and individuals affected by HIV, support groups, outreach and education programs
 
 
 

As part of this year’s event, Mazzoni Center will honor three outstanding individuals with the Peter Mazzoni Award. 

2018 Peter Mazzoni Honorees

Rachel Levine, MD is the Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Levine has taught on topics of adolescent medicine, eating disorders, and transgender medicine, and is the liaison for the LGBT community for the Office of Diversity at the Penn State College of Medicine, where she established an LGBT faculty and staff affinity group and facilitates the LGBT student group. Dr. Levine’s work is a testament to her leadership and dedication to promoting equity in healthcare for LGBTQ individuals.

Lee Fulton Carson is a licensed social worker and recently served as the interim executive director for The COLOURS Organization. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in health and human services for more than 20 years. Carson, who previously worked as a therapist in Mazzoni Center’s Open Door Counseling and Behavioral Health Program, also served as the Training Manager for The Ladipo Group.  Currently he is an instructor at Temple University and Community College of Philadelphia. A native of Rochester, NY, Carson worked for that city's MOCHA Center for LGBT communities of color before moving to Philadelphia in 2004.  Carson was a research associate at the Philadelphia Health Management Corporation (which is now Public Health Management Corporation) and has served as a leader with the Black Gay Men's Leadership Council and the LGBT People of Color Coalition.

Egypt Staley is a freshman at The New School in New York City. She gives back to her campus community by through her role as a Public Health Advocate (PHA), at Student Health Services. As a PHA, she teaches students and conducts workshops geared towards self-care and other student needs. In addition, she is a member of The Queer Collective. She conducts workshops to teach queer women about safe sex practices, and how to deal with harassment. She is also directing and hosting The New School’s alternative prom, and is a member of Social Justice Committee, where she represents low income students of color and teaches faculty how to better meet the needs of low income students of color and students of color in general.