Mazzoni Center Announces 2018 Peter Mazzoni Award Recipients

Mazzoni Center Announces 2018 Peter Mazzoni Award Recipients
Award recognizes contributions to the city’s community
Mazzoni Center is pleased to announce its annual celebration and fundraiser, Mazzoni Center Gala (formerly Elixir), will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at The University of the Arts Dorrance Hamilton Hall in Center City, Philadelphia. Rachel Levine, MD and Lee Fulton Carson will receive the Peter Mazzoni Award. Egypt Staley will receive the Peter Mazzoni Award for Youth Leadership. The Peter Mazzoni Award is given to individuals who embody the values that Peter M. Mazzoni, M.D. (1959-1990) embodied throughout his life: compassion, determination, generosity, an unrelenting courage, a commitment to serving others, and respect for all.
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.
“This year as our metamorphosis-themed gala celebrates change, we are especially pleased to honor these three individuals who have not only made significant contributions to the health and well-being of our communities, but who have also worked tirelessly to change the way this community is viewed and received by the larger world,” said Committee Co-Chair Thomas Streeper.
About Mazzoni Center Gala
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.
About Mazzoni Center
Mazzoni Center is Philadelphia’s leading health center focused on the needs of the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community. Mazzoni Center’s mission is to provide quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBTQ-focused environment, while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life of the individuals it serves.