Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting attender Al Vernacchio, a faculty member at Friends Central School, is being honored for his work in sexuality education and particularly for his educational work about HIV/AIDS.
Robb Reichard, executive director of AIDS Fund, explained why Vernacchio has chosen to receive this award, which honors the memory of the group's founders.
"Al has continued to support HIV/AIDS in our community with great care and concern," he said. "Each year, he brings students to volunteer in our office, and works with AIDS Fund to bring awareness to his entire school with our HIV/AIDS timeline and panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
"We admire Al for integrating his devotion to HIV/AIDS awareness into his teaching to teenagers in a profound and thoughtful way, continuing to spread knowledge to young people in our community. We are so pleased to be honoring him at Black-Tie GayBINGO this year."