Red Ribbon Awards

The Penn CFAR CAB held the first ever Red Ribbon Awards Ceremony in the world in 2004. The ceremony is held each year in commemoration of World AIDS Day, and recognizes the tireless efforts of our local heroes in policy, research, community, faith, youth leadership and more. The Penn CFAR CAB has developed partnerships with several programs from the School District of Philadelphia showcasing the work of youth around the city and creating the space to continue the work of HIV activism and education. 

 2024 is our 20th Anniversary of the Penn CFAR CAB Red Ribbon Awards. The 2024 Red Ribbon Awards Ceremony is a culmination of the accomplishments of those who have been a part of enhancing the lives of those who made strides in the world of HIV through “The Magic of Faith, Resilience, and Legacy.” We will continue to take the opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.  We welcome your nominations to help us celebrate these leaders in our field on December 1st, 2024. 

Please nominate your hero HERE.

Dale L. Grundy Youth Leader Award: Someone between 14 and 25 years of age who has displayed leadership and made a significant contribution to educational initiatives to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS in the community

Researcher Award: Someone who has made significant contributions in research to improve clinical/medical practices, and/or social issues involving HIV prevention, treatment, and/or cure efforts.

Policy Maker Award: Someone who has exhibited knowledge, commitment, and excellence in public policy and in issues surrounding HIV/AIDS as a local, state, or federal policymaker.

Community Award: An individual who has made a significant contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS in the role of advocate, caregiver, and/or community activist. 

Cure Advocacy (BEAT-HIV): An individual of distinguished character who has focused their work on advancing HIV cure education, research, and or advocacy in Philadelphia communities.

Faith-Based Award: An individual or organization/group whose mission has been to serve the community and has made a significant contribution in addressing HIV/AIDS through education, advocacy, and/or caregiving.

To advertise your organization, or congratulate and congratulate the awardees, or support our 2024 Red Ribbon Ceremony with an ad in our program book. please fill out the form HERE.


RED RIBBON 2023 Award Winners: 

Roy Hayes: Outstanding Community Leader
Dr. Frederic Bushman: Outstanding Researcher
Dr. Elizabeth Lowenthal: Outstanding Researcher
Dr. William Short: Outstanding Provider

RED RIBBON 2022 Award Winners: 

Hiba Imad: Dale L. Grundy Youth Leader Award
Florence Momplaisir, MD: Researcher Award
Javontae Williams: Policy Maker Award
Lupe Diaz: Community Award 
Dining Out For Life: Robert A. Schoenberg Pioneer Award
Robert Thornton: Faith-Based Award
Click HERE to watch the 2022 Red Ribbon Awards Program.

RED RIBBON 2021 Award Winners:

Rev. Rodger Broadley: Faith-Based Award
Euraliz Lopez: Dale L. Grundy Youth Leader Award
Jose Bauermeister, PhD, MPH: Researcher Award
Coleman Terrell: Policy Maker Award
Tyrone Smith: Community Award 
Philly AIDS Thrift: Robert A. Schoenberg Pioneer Award
Click HERE to watch the 2021 Red Ribbon Awards Ceremony.
Click HERE for a copy of the 2021 Red Ribbon Awards Program.

RED RIBBON 2020 Award Winners:

Faith-Based: Rev. Dr. Calenthia Dowdy
Dale L. Grundy Youth Leader: Dionte Gill
Researcher: Dr. Ellen Tedaldi
Policy Maker: Heshie Zinman
Pioneer Award: Prevention Point
Click HERE to watch the 2020 Red Ribbon Awards Ceremony.