The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is pleased to announce that Founder Sir Elton John will receive The Rockefeller Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award at The Rockefeller Foundation’s “A Celebration of American Philanthropy” event in Washington, D.C., on October 30, 2013.

“At the Rockefeller Foundation, we are constantly searching for innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. As such, we are honored to recognize Sir Elton John for his unwavering commitment and contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS, and for the innovative work he has done not just targeting the disease, but also the stigma, discrimination, politics, and community-related concerns associated with it,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation.

The Rockefeller Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to an outstanding individual who has implemented major innovative approaches to social or environmental problems. Previous recipients of the award are President Bill Clinton and Ratan Tata. In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rockefeller Foundation will also distribute a grant to EJAF in support of its work.

Sir Elton John noted, “From the beginning, it has been my steadfast belief that we would not be able to treat or cure HIV/AIDS when people living with the disease or very vulnerable to it are shunned, hidden, or denied their human rights. It is an honor to receive this award from The Rockefeller Foundation, an organization that has been at the forefront of leveraging innovation, in all its forms, to promote the well-being of humanity around the world.”

Source: PR Newswire

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