The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is pleased to announce that Founder Sir Elton John will receive the Harvard AIDS Initiative Leadership Award at the Foundation’s annual An Enduring Vision benefit on October 15, 2013.
This award is presented to individuals who have displayed outstanding vision, leadership, and courage in the worldwide struggle against AIDS. Previous recipients have included Diana, Princess of Wales, tennis legend Arthur Ashe, AIDS activists Elizabeth Glaser, Mary Fisher, and Richard Gere, AIDS Memorial Quilt Founder Cleve Jones, philanthropists Bill Blass, Judith Peabody, Marguerite Littman, Maurice Templesman, and Deeda Blair, former United Nations Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, President Festus Mogae of Botswana, and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria.
“When I think of the extraordinary people who have received this honor before me, including my dear, dear friend Princess Diana, I admit to being quite humbled at the thought of being numbered among such august company,” said Sir Elton John. “But I am also tremendously inspired by their courage, vision, generosity, dedication, and grace under fire. And I pledge to continue my work for as long as it takes to achieve an AIDS-free generation and ultimately a world without AIDS.”