Annie Lennox was honored at the 2008 YouthAIDS Gala last week, an event honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Hosted by Ashley Judd, YouthAIDS Global Ambassador, the ceremony – held on October 3 at the Ritz-Carlton in Virginia – also honored Bob Geldof and MTV CEO Judy McGrath.

This year’s event – dubbed The Power Of Music and voted by Washingtonian magazine as one of the top five social events in Washington, D.C. – included a gathering of musicians, artists, health professionals, celebrities, business and political leaders, and media who share YouthAIDS’ commitment to protecting young people from HIV/AIDS.

MC for the evening was Sharon Osbourne, and the event featured a musical performance by John Mellencamp. Former tennis star Anna Kournikova was spotted in the crowd, as was Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza.

Music plays a powerful role in educating populations, breaking-down cultural barriers, reinforcing behavior change and informing low-literacy populations about available products, services and care provided by YouthAIDS in more than 60 countries around the globe. Net proceeds from the gala directly benefited YouthAIDS programs and approximately 90 cents of every dollar donated to YouthAIDS supports their programs in the field.

More information on YouthAIDS can be found at their website.

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